The Best and Least Liked Hollywood Executives (Guest Blog)

Who you do and don’t want to work for in showbiz

The Hollywood Temp Diaries has celebrated National Boss’ Day with the release of its 2011 Brown List — a ranking of the MOST-LIKED and LEAST-LIKED entertainment executives. This is the third-annual edition of the survey, which is designed to help job seekers to answer the question “Do I really want to work for [Hollywood Executive]?”

Topping the “Most Liked” group is George Furla of Emmett/Furla Films with 748 nominations. Also cracking the Top 10 are Rob McEntegart (Sr. EVP Lionsgate Films), producer Bernie Goldman (“300”), Christine Holder (Zero Gravity) and Drew Tappon (Warner Horizon). On the celebrity side, A-listers and well-known nice guys Conan O’Brien, Adam Carolla and Kevin Spacey received nominations as well.

It’s refreshing to hear that some Hollywood executives are decent to their employees. These people are seemingly a rarity, so they deserve the recognition they receive. One word of caution to those considering a move out to Hollywood. When 50 Cent, an admitted cocaine dealer who has been shot three times, makes the Most-Liked side of the ledger, you know Hollywood is a tough town.

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This is the second go-round for producer Randall Emmett as the “winner” of the Least-Liked Hollywood executive, having also secured the title in 2009. Emmett lead the category with a staggering 2,843 nominations or 67 times as many as he received two years ago.

As in each of the last two years, the “Least Liked” list delivered the usual suspects — Ari Emanuel, Scott Rudin, Harvey Weinstein and 20 different CAA agents. Others earning spots in the “Bottom 10” include Jill Weiss from Jerry Bruckheimer Productions, Leslie Siebert from Gersh and Brian Wilkins of Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin.

On the celeb side, Jay Leno topped the “Least-Liked” group that also included Tom Cruise, George Lopez, Jake Gyllenhaal and Mel Gibson.

Here’s how the actual nominations look:


1. George Furla – Partner – Emmett/Furla Films768
2. Mark Holder – Partner – Zero Gravity581
3. Rob McEntegart – Sr. EVP – Lionsgate473
4. Christine Holder – Partner/Manager – Zero Gravity415
5. Randall Emmett – Partner – Emmett/Furla Films146
6. Edward Frumkes – Former Board Member – Public Media Works121
7. Jane Sobo – Partner – Sobo Casting82
8. Bernie Goldmann – President – Goldmann Pictures52
9. Drew Tappon – Executive – Warner Horizon44
10. Mike Vollman – Former President (Mktg) – MGM42


1. Randall Emmett – Partner – Emmett/Furla Films2843
2. Jill Weiss – Chief of Staff – Jerry Bruckheimer Prods.361
3. Leslie Siebert – Agent – Gersh244
4. Brian Wilkins – Partner – Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin237
5. Christopher Pawlak – SVP – 20th Century Fox95
6. Tony Sella – Co-President (Mktg) – 20th Century Fox73
7. Ken Schapiro – COO – MGM48
8. Jim Osborne – Agent – APA36
9. Treslyn Williams – Director of Commercials AFTRA33
10. Michael McConnell – Agent – Don Buchwald/Fortitude31

The Brown List uses the same nomination process as “American Idol” — vote for whomever you want, as many times as you want. This resulted in nearly 8,500 nominations, or 4,000 more nominations than in 2010.

The tremendous success of last year’s Brown List proves this is a long-needed tool in helping aspiring Hollywooders figure out which entertainment exec will make their lives enjoyable or completely miserable. Had this list existed a few years ago, there’s one job I’d have avoided like The Plague.

I said this last year, but I’ll say it again. If I could hope for anything for the 2012 Brown List, it’s that there are no nominations for Least-Liked execs.

Dare to dream.