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    Power Lawers 2012
    Melanie Cook
    Ziffren Brittenham

    Catching up with Cook isn't easy: She took THR's call in Shanghai, shortly after visiting longtime client Keanu Reeves on the Hong Kong set of his directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi. The daughter of a Southern California judge also works overtime for Frankenweenie filmmaker Tim Burton, MiB 3 director Barry Sonnenfeld and producer Scott Rudin, who this year won another Tony (for Death of a Salesman) and launched HBO's The Newsroom. She inked new client Carey Mulligan's deal to star in the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, negotiated for Nancy Meyers to write and direct The Intern with Tina Fey and planned trips to Chile (to ski) and Costa Rica (to surf). She's also a big booster of THR's Big Brother/Big Sister mentorship program, with a scholarship set up in her mother's name.

    Worst thing ever said to me "Not the worst thing, but the most hilarious was when [music lawyer] David Braun told me when I was just starting to practice that I had balls!"

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