Rule Breakers of the Year

Like everyone on THR’s list of the Rule Breakers of 2018, they’re forging their own wildly unpredictable way in the media and entertainment world, breaking barriers, banking billions, reaching new audiences and creating new businesses. Ready for 2019? These power players are.

Andrew Hetherington

Janelle Monae on Why She's Ready to Break Down Her "Private" Barriers: "It's Uncomfortable For Me"

After releasing her most personal work yet in 'Dirty Computer,' the SAG Award-winning actress and Grammy-nominated singer — part of The Hollywood Reporter's year-end Rule Breakers issue — is offering a glimpse of who she is with her lineup of other projects including another album, numerous films, and a feminist biopic: "I'm in a highly creative space."

Inside the Smart 'Crazy Rich Asians' Marketing Campaign That Led to a $174M Box Office Win

The plan, featured in The Hollywood Reporter's year-end Rule Breakers issue, included a first big outing at an L.A. reveal for 1,200 influencers in April — four months before the movie's Aug. 15 release date, the earliest the studio had ever screened one of its films: "Our ambition was to give the Asian-American community ownership of the film before we did everything else."