As a former agent with one of the best director rosters in the business, Lesher, 48, is a filmmaker-centric producer. And that paid off when former client Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman made its triumphant run for Oscar glory (it also grossed $102 million worldwide on an $18 million budget). Lesher, who served a stint as a top Paramount exec, notes that with so much other media competing for viewers’ time, "you have to make the experience of watching a film in the cinema something unique and special." Next up, he has Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as convicted mobster Whitey Bulger.