THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100
Jackson's star client is Baby Gaga. That would be Georgia Washington Jackson, the 19-month-old daughter whose Halloween costume became "the main focus" of Jackson's workdays this fall. Still, she managed not to slight any of her other top clients, who include Jonah Hill, Amy Poehler, Jason Segel, Will Arnett, Jason Schwartzman, Jack Black and John C. Reilly.
Hill starred in awards contender Moneyball and has the comedies The Sitter and 21 Jump Street, which he also co-wrote, coming out, plus a TV deal and a directing job on the books. Segel had a high-profile summer movie in Bad Teacher and relaunched The Muppets for Disney. And Poehler earned her fourth Emmy nomination in a row for Parks and Recreation.
"This is the best moment in the entire business for female comedians," says Jackson. "Anyone that can self-generate can write their own ticket."
The Long Island-raised Jackson, who went to NYU film school, also reps writer-director Charlie Kaufman, whose latest project Frank or Francis is moving toward production. "I promised him when he came over here that he was going to direct a movie," she says. "It was a script that he had written that he loved that he had been told he would not be directing. We spent the year putting the actors in and, with [WME Global head] Graham Taylor's help, raising an unprecedented amount of money in this economy."
Whatever the challenges, Jackson, who lives in Nichols Canyon with her husband, musician and composer Woody Jackson, and daughter, still loves her job. "I've been doing it a very long time, but I'm flipping out with excitement about some of these movies opening," she says. "I cannot wait for people to see them."
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