Best known for: N.W.A, Boyz N the Hood, and now a slew of family-friendly projects. O’Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube, teamed up with TBS in 2010 to produce Are We There Yet?, a TV version of the 2005 movie he starred in. Last fall, the show was renewed for an additional 90 episodes, which works out to be about seven more seasons. Ice Cube also produced the small-budget, big favorite Friday, and spends a good amount of time both in front of and behind the camera.
Upcoming project: “I just like producing great TV,” says Ice Cube. “I’m balancing that by shooting a movie with Woody Harrelson called Rampart. It’s about a hard-core police division in L.A. I get a lot of comedies coming across my desk. When people ﬁnd something that you can do that really works, they want to stick you there. So it’s taken a minute to get back into the dramatic acting. But I really don’t think about that. I think about making the people happy.”