LORNE MICHAELS, 70
Executive Producer, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers
Last Year's Rank: 85
Michaels was instrumental in the deal that led to Adele reaching more than 25 million viewers through her special Live in New York City (13.8 million), Saturday Night Live (8.5 million) and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (4 million). Helping the network's ratings surge was Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, which Greenblatt helped to bring to NBC. It was the most-watched movie on broadcast TV in more than four years (13 million).
2016 Industry Prediction (Greenblatt): "Several cable channels will go out of business."