EW Staff
October 25, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

NO. 51
DENZEL WASHINGTON
ACTOR

LAST YEAR: —
AGE: 41
CREDITS: Propelled a tough, grown-up movie, Courage Under Fire, into modest summer success; great reviews will no doubt garner him Oscar nom number four (he’s won one); more surefire B.O. with upcoming Preacher’s Wife; price tag up to $12 million.
DEBITS: For the sexiest man alive, he doesn’t generate much heat with female costars.

NO. 52
ROLAND EMMERICH & DEAN DEVLIN
WRITER-DIRECTOR/WRITER-PRODUCER

LAST YEAR: —
Ages: 40/34
CREDITS: ID4’s record grosses make them hottest fantasy-film duo since Lucas and Spielberg; developing sci-fi TV series for Fox; will remake Godzilla and Fantastic Voyage.
DEBITS: Story logic not their strong suit; proposed rescue flick Supertanker sounds like a sinker.

NO. 53
MARCY CARSEY & TOM WERNER
TV PRODUCERS

LAST YEAR: 62
AGES: 51/46
CREDITS: Most successful indie studio boasts seven on-air sitcoms (including 3rd Rock); two-year-old distribution arm just went international, with six-figure overseas deals for Cosby, Townies, Men Behaving Badly.
DEBITS: Townies and Men are behaving pretty badly at home.

NO. 54
DOUG MORRIS
CHMN., CEO, MCA MUSIC ENT. GRP.

LAST YEAR: —
AGE: 56
CREDITS: Tarnished ex-Warner Music U.S. head is a comeback kid; MCA’s acquisition of a 50 percent stake in Interscope may be the smartest move any music corporation made all year; New Edition reunion just jump-started flagship label.
DEBITS: Remove Interscope from the equation and MCA’s not all that hot.

NO. 55
TONY JONAS
PRES., WARNER BROS. TELEVISION

LAST YEAR: Flux
AGE: 44
CREDITS: ER, Friends, Suddenly Susan, The Drew Carey Show film at Warner’s studio; signed exec producers John Wells (ER) and Bright/Kauffman/Crane (Friends) to multiyear deals; landed what’s expected to be one of TV’s most lucrative syndication pacts (for Friends).
DEBITS: Fall crop yielded only one hit (Suddenly Susan).

NO. 56
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
ACTOR-PRODUCER

LAST YEAR: 46
AGE: 49
CREDITS: Earning an astounding $25 million for six weeks of work as Mr. Freeze in upcoming Batman & Robin; Eraser‘s $246 million worldwide bounty proves he still has box office muscle.
DEBITS: Hit-or-miss track record when it comes to comedies like Jingle All the Way, his next film.

NO. 57
DON IENNER
CHMN., COLUMBIA RECORDS GROUP

LAST YEAR: —
AGE: 44
CREDITS: The rumor mill was positive he was history — but in one short year he oversaw Columbia’s shocking transformation from moribund, geezer-focused label to Home o’ the Hits by means of a shrewd slew of young performers.
DEBITS: Publicly, at least, he’s still in the shadow of Sony Music boss Mottola.

NO. 58
JAY LENO
LATE-NIGHT HOST/WRITER

LAST YEAR: 61
AGE: 46
CREDITS: While Letterman’s Late Show suffered hefty ratings losses and Koppel’s Nightline stagnated during slow news periods, Tonight Show numbers crept up.
DEBITS: Boosted ratings do not a hipster make; Letterman wins coveted younger demos; new bio, Leading With My Chin, off to slow start, may not recoup $3 mil-plus advance.

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST