November 14, 2019 9:00AM PT
Every year, Variety seeks to identify the next generation of leaders in the entertainment business, looking for representatives in the creative community, film, TV, music and digital. This year’s group has a heavy New York focus: We selected executives from forward thinking companies such as Spotify, Group Nine and Endeavor Audio, as well as writers and producers in late night comedy, plus agents and managers who help put the deals together that keep the entertainment business humming.
ZADOC ANGELLPARTNER AND LITERARY MANAGER, ECHO LAKE ENTERTAINMENT, 38
Angell credits the work ethic he learned growing up on a dairy farm for his success in helping TV writer clients including Eric Wallace (“The Flash”) and Daniele Nathanson (“Animal Kingdom”) level up to showrunner status or graduate to EP roles on shows such as “The Morning Show” (client Adam Milch). Exec producer on Syfy’s “Van Helsing” — now in its fourth season — Angell’s also proud of the way he and his team have stepped up for clients amid the ongoing dispute between agencies and the WGA. “If they’re doing their job right, [managers] will step up and fill in the void in big ways,” he says.
EDDIE CLEMENSHEAD OF TOUR MARKETING, UTA, 35
Streaming sales are one thing, but filling seats to arena shows — where the best seat can cost a couple thousand dollars, as opposed to $1.29 for a single — is quite another. Clemens acknowledges that he worked on “some of the biggest tours of the year for superstars” — and to the surprise of many in the music industry, that includes the reunited Jonas Bros. “I’m grateful to contribute to their success,” Clemens says, downplaying his role. To put it in context: He’s responsible for 1,500 shows to date — from Post Malone’s first as headliner to veterans Guns N’ Roses — and managing a global team that handles not only music but also comedy, social influencers and podcasting.
DARA GORDONPRODUCER, MANAGER, ANONYMOUS CONTENT, 35
The New York-based Gordon has assembled an impressive client list that includes “Ozark’s” Julia Garner, who won an Emmy for the role this year and recently signed a production deal with MRC. She’s also proud of the Netflix series “Bonding,” on which Gordon is an exec producer, and is producing for Amazon Studios a feature adaptation of “Bright Burning Stars,” starring client Kristine Froseth. Gordon says it’s important to work with people she trusts and who inspire her. “You have to rely on your instincts to choose people and projects that you really believe in,” she says.
HOLLY JETERAGENT, MOTION PICTURE, WME, 35
Jeter has successfully shepherded acting and below-the-line clients into directing and producing major studio projects: Former stuntmen David Leitch and Chad Stahelski both joined the action director A-list thanks to Leitch’s “Hobbs & Shaw” ($750 million-plus worldwide gross) and “Deadpool 2” ($785M worldwide) and Stahelski’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” ($325M+). Bryce Dallas Howard made her documentary feature directing debut, “Dads,” starring Will Smith, and her television directing debut on Disney Plus’s upcoming series “The Mandalorian.” She put together the “Sweet Girl” deal at Netflix, with Jason Momoa starring and producing. “If you believe in a client and their aspirations and passion and ability to grow, the possibilities are endless.”
MATT KRAMERAGENT, CAA, 37
Kramer’s roster encompasses some of the top sports journalists and on-air talent on television. Last year, he orchestrated a multi-year contract extension with ESPN for Doris Burke, the first woman to serve as a full-time NBA analyst at a national network. He repped Kara Lawson when she