The 2009 Brown List: Who does Hollywood hate the most?
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I keep hearing that it’s time for a new generation of executives to take control of Hollywood, which is still being run by the same old bossy big shots who’ve been at the helm of studios and agencies for years. So I guess it’s no surprise to see that the 2009 Brown List compiled by the Temp X at the Hollywood Temp Diaries has a whole new generation of worthies making up the least-liked execs in the entertainment business. Out with the old -- meaning Harvey Weinstein, Jeff Zucker and Ben Silverman, none of whom even crack the top five -- and in with the new!
The top vote-getter is certainly a signal of generational change: He’s Randall Emmett, the 40-year-old co-chairman of Family Room Entertainment and producer of such action fare as ‘Righteous Kill,’ ‘Day of the Dead’ and ’88 Minutes.’ No. 2 on the least-liked list is Jason Lust, a senior VP at the Henson Co., who is followed at No. 3 by 20th Century Fox exec Jeff Arkuss. The only all-too-familiar name to make the top five was Scott Rudin, a perennial member of any least-liked boss list, who made No. 4 on the list. You have to go all the way down to No. 8 on the list to find (in a dead heat) the likes of Silverman and Weinstein, with Ari Emanuel and Jeff Zucker among those tying for 9th place.
Admittedly, it’s hard to say how accurate the list is. Temp X says it tabulated 1,200 votes, but since people could vote for as many people as they wanted as many times as they liked, I suspect the top names could well have made the list based more on very specific contempt instead of widespread loathing. On the other hand, the accompanying most-liked list -- topped by another newcomer, James Waugh of Blizzard Entertainment -- is populated with a number of execs generally accepted to be popular figures inside the business, notably Warner Bros. production exec Greg Silverman and DreamWorks co-president Holly Bario (who tied for No, 4) and Lionsgate’s Mike Paseornek, who was at No. 5 on the best-liked list. So the list may not be too far off the mark.
But take a look for yourself and see if you think Temp X left out any obvious choices.