In Hollywood, there’s a certain pecking order and hierarchy to how things work. At the very top of the ladder are the big studio heads and decision makers who actually greenlight projects and conversely have the power to stall projects as well. Next, we have the big production companies who oversee and execute the making of films. Then scattered on the power and influence grid are the star agents, top-tier actors, entertainment lawyers, publicists, managers, writers, directors etc. Needless to say, there are a lot of moving parts to the Hollywood machinery. A quick way to summarize the lay of the land is that the people with the most money and clout are at the very top and everyone else falls in place accordingly. With this structure in place, it’s no surprise that Tinseltown actors have taken to creating their own movie production companies so they don’t have to jump through all kinds of hoops to get their films made. Here are a couple of those actors with their own production outfits.
10 George Clooney – SmokeHouse Productions
9 Will Ferrell – Gary Sanchez Productions
8 Brad Pitt – Plan B Productions
7 Ben Stiller – Red Hour Productions
6 Will Smith - Overbrook Entertainment
5 5. Tom Cruise - Cruise/Wagner Productions
4 4. Sofia Vergara - Latin World Entertainment Holdings
3 3. Queen Latifah: Flavor Unit Entertainment
2 Leonardo DiCaprio: Appian Way Productions
1 Adam Sandler: Happy Madison Productions
Born in Brooklyn New York, 47-yr-old Adam Sandler is one of the biggest Hollywood comedy stars living. Not only is he known for being extremely funny, he is also a huge cash cow at the box office. Adam Sandler’s movies have brought in more than $2 billion globally. After having a successful career on the long-running Saturday Night Live show, he became a huge movie star after hit films like Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer and The Water Boy. Sandler formed his production company, Happy Madison in 1999, and he has been extremely successful with it. A couple of the movies by the Happy Madison company include: Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo, Joe Dirt, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Here Comes the Boom and Grown Ups (I & II). You can rest assured that there are a lot more laugh-out-loud moments coming from Adam Sandler in coming years.
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