Ziffren Brittenham
NYU School of Law

WHY HE MATTERS Phil Lord and Christopher Miller alone could have kept Johnson busy during the past year, between deals with Warner Bros. for the Lego Movie franchise and The Flash and with Sony for an animated Spider-Man movie. That's in addition to returning to their television roots producing Fox's The Last Man on Earth, starring Will Forte, which just scored a second season. Other clients include Ice Cube and Antoine Fuqua, who came aboard to direct Magnificent Seven and is developing a sequel to The Equalizer.

CAREER-MAKING DEAL Tyler Perry's agreement with Lionsgate for 2005's Diary of a Mad Black Woman. "The deal structure coupled with the movie's success set the stage for everything that was to follow in Tyler's amazing career."