9. N.S. Bienstock
Last year’s rank: 8
Why it was chosen: Its deep and broad stable of talent keeps husband and wife Richard Leibner’s and Carole Cooper’s agency on the list. The couple and sons Adam and Jonathan were among the 29 Big Apple “power families” profiled by the media-hip New York Observer in December.
Their client list includes Bill O’Reilly, Anderson Cooper, Dan Rather, Chris Matthews, Paula Zahn, Glenn Beck, Robin Roberts, James Goldston, John Roberts, Byron Pitts, “Live With Regis and Kelly” executive producer Michael Gelman and TMZ.com founder Harvey Levin, whose TMZ-spawned show is expanding to Washington, D.C., and syndication.
And while Leibner-Cooper can play hardball when necessary, and even juggle two clients in play for the same position, they also have a listener reaching for a box of tissues when they fondly remember a favorite client, the late Ed Bradley.