MICHAEL MAHAN, 40
Last Year's Rank: 24
DCP inked a reported $1 billion deal with China's Dalian Wanda Group, moving the world's largest private property and cinema-chain owner into TV for the first time. The sale solidifies the company as a key player in programming with a roster that includes the Billboard Music Awards, the Golden Globes and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which drew 20.3 million viewers. Wanda's global clout will "make the shows bigger and better," says Mahan, adding that DCP is working on "new tentpole [events] that will represent the next generation of franchise programming."