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UC Berkeley School of Law
Why she matters: Call her the franchise queen. She is closing Vin Diesel’s deal to return for Fast & Furious 7, worked on Jeremy Renner’s pacts for the relaunch of Universal’s Bourne series as well as The Avengers, and she helped Mila Kunis join Andy and Lana Wachowski’s upcoming franchise hopeful Jupiter Ascending. (Kunis has the option for a sequel.) “It’s tricky making deals when clients are in multiple franchises because every franchise would like to see itself in first position and shoot in a certain time,” says the laid-back Felker, who hosts casual dinners for industry women and often wears sweat pants at fancy premieres.
Big deal: Felker found herself smack in the middle of a salary standoff when the stars of Modern Family banded together in summer 2012 for raises. Tense renegotiations and a lawsuit led to her client Eric Stonestreet and the other adult castmembers not only receiving raises (jumping from about $105,000 an episode to about $170,000) but also getting a small cut of the backend.