New Zealand-born Bevan, 43, and British-born Fellner, 41, are co-chairmen of Working Title Films, one of Europe's top production houses. Films from this London-based company have grossed $1.5 billion in the past decade. Its current hit, Bridget Jones, which stars Renee Zellweger and the floppy-haired Grant, made British box-office history in April by hitting the No. 1 slot in the U.S. and Britain simultaneously.
Bevan and Fellner both started in the film business in the mid-1980s, but the two didn't begin working together until 1992. They came out with Four Weddings, their first blockbuster, in 1994. Another big boost came in 1999, when they struck a deal with Universal Studios in Hollywood and French TV business Canal+, both owned by French giant Vivendi Universal. Bevan and Fellner receive full studio backing and worldwide distribution for their films and can O.K. projects with budgets of up to $25 million without even consulting Universal.
That's a strong endorsement of the value of their work--and another sign that you don't have to be American to make it big in Hollywood.