Hollywood's Business Managers
For 30 years, Fishburn has resisted offers to merge Brentwood Management with larger firms. Staying small and independent has given him the ability to take hands-on supervision of his company's 25 employees and give clients personal attention. Fishburn and his business partner, Michael Gordon, are also well known for founding the trendy L.A. restaurant Toscana, which got off the ground with client participation in 1989. It's a popular meeting place for Fishburn and many of his music-industry clients. "Everyone in entertainment has been to Toscana," he says proudly. "Clients have gotten a kick out of being part of it."