The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful People in Entertainment Top 100 list has been released and Director/Producer Jon M. Chu made the list at #97. Although Chu has been a filmmaker for years - producing and directing films including “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”, “Now You See Me 2”, “Step Up 2: The Streets”, it is his work in the hugely successful “Crazy Rich Asians” that has put him in the Hollywood limelight. According to CBS News, “Crazy Rich Asians” has become the most successful studio romantic comedy at the box office in 9 years.
Other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who made the list include Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura (along with Cindy Holland, Scott Stuber) who took the #9 spot. Nishimura was responsible for bringing “Wild Wild Country” and the Emmy winning shows, “The Crown” and “Seven Seconds.”
Coming in at #16 was Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara (and Toby Emmerich) who can credit the success of “Crazy Rich Asians”, “The Meg”, and “The Nun” for helping them make the list.
And finally, Dwayne Johnson claimed the 38th spot. Johnson earned a reported $124 million in 2018. This year, in addition to his HBO series “Ballers”, he was also in the films “Rampage” and “Skyscraper”. Late last month, it was announced that Johnson will play King Kamehameha in Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming film “The King.”
Methodology: During a months-long process, editors compiled the THR 100 based on the size and reach of a person's purview, the success of his or her projects since 2017's list, the power to get a project made (company ownership helps) and the ineffables: heat, clout and intangible indicators of influence gleaned from conversations with top insiders (not to mention THR’s daily reporting).