Not even a global pandemic could slow these 35 standout executives.
Meet The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen Class of 2020, a mix of agents, managers, lawyers and executives — all age 35 and under — who’ve spent this past year brokering groundbreaking deals (see, for instance, WME’s Ben Davis, whose client Parcast was acquired by Spotify for upward of $100 million), minting new stars (among them, UTA’s Ali Berman, whose client list includes TikTok breakout Charli D’Amelio and family) and shepherding Emmy- and Oscar-worthy projects, even if you’re unlikely to see many of them in theaters for a while.
Run down THR's 27th annual list, and each entry is more impressive than the last. Take Higher Ground's Ada Chiaghana, who was tapped to develop series, films and documentaries for the Obamas at Netflix; UTA’s Jason Richman, who parlayed Celeste Ng’s best-seller Little Fires Everywhere into an Emmy-nominated series; or WME partner Ashley Holland, whose roster includes, among others, Ryan Coogler, Boots Riley and Janelle Monáe.
The new crop of rising stars joins an esteemed list of Next Gen alumni that includes Marvel’s Kevin Feige, Disney’s Peter Rice, Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel and Crazy Rich Asians producer Nina Jacobson. But unlike the lists of years past, the 2020 installment is a reflection of a changing media landscape, with executives who specialize in, among other things, podcasting, video gaming, election awareness campaigns and, yes, TikTok stardom.
Profiles written by Ashley Cullins, Mia Galuppo, Natalie Jarvey, Borys Kit, Lacey Rose and Bryn Sandberg.
A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.