Dwayne Johnson
Brian Bowen Smith
United States

Seven Bucks Productions



It’s hard to believe the WWE star transitioned from wrestling to Hollywood two de­cades ago. Johnson — better known as “The Rock” — is the highest-­paid actor in showbiz, with a consistently massive social media presence. He produces all of his projects through his and business partner Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Prods., including Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” the animated “DC League of Super-Pets,” Netflix’s “Red Notice” and NBC’s “Young Rock.” This year saw him put on a superhero costume to become “Black Adam,” transforming his movie career in the process as an integral player in the DC Universe. Although Johnson has said he’s ruling out a run for president, he will become a football-league owner when the XFL kicks off in early 2023. He’s also busy as an entrepreneur, with interests ranging from his Teremana tequila and his ZOA Energy drinks to his Project Rock clothing line with Under Armour.  




  • University of Miami (FL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Sports Impact
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Dwayne Johnson: Black Adam Won't Be in ‘First Chapter’ of James Gunn-Led DC Universe, but May Return

Dwayne Johnson: Black Adam Won't Be in ‘First Chapter’ of James Gunn-Led DC Universe, but May Return

Black Adam has been buried, but he isn't (quite) dead.Dwayne Johnson says that after talking with DC Studios co-chief James Gunn, Johnson's DC anti-hero Black Adam "will not be in their first chapter of storytelling." But Johnson added a statement posted to social media that DC and his production company, Seven Bucks, "have agreed to continue exploring the most valuable ways Black Adam can be utilized in future DC multiverse chapters."In response, Gunn tweeted, "Love the Rock, and I'm always...


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