For nearly two decades, The Hollywood Reporter's annual Next Generation list has proved a definitive guide to the industry's rising stars, an accurate predictor of the men and women who soon will run the industry. Let these seven Next Gen honorees from the list’s early years serve as proof.
From left: David Nevins, Kevin Reilly, Sue Naegle, Todd Lieberman, Scott Stuber, Adam Fogelson and Rob Moore were photographed Oct. 30 at Caulfield’s at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Seven former honorees gather to offer wisdom their younger selves. Click through the gallery to see how far they've come.
Sue Naegle, Class of 1998
"The president of entertainment at HBO would offer wise advice to her 29-year-old self: "Time will obliterate your Rachel haircut and Discman. Children will obliterate your sleep patterns and the concept of a 'lazy brunch.' And start reading the Game of Thrones books now. They are loooong."
David Nevins, Class of 1996
Showtime's president of entertainment would leave a note for his 30-year-old self, originally "plucked" by fellow all-star alumna Kevin Reilly: "Don’t say 'cable obscurity' — someday you may regret that one."
Kevin Reilly, Class of 1996
The chairman of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Co. casually updates his power spot to The Polo Lounge and would advise his 34-year-old self: "Stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball."
Scott Stuber, Class of 1998
The producer would tell his 29-year-old self to "learn an instrument" and comments on his downtime picks: "At our age, all of the old Hollywood basketball players are now trying to get good at golf — including myself."
Todd Lieberman, Class of 2001
The Fighter producer and Mandeville Films partner would share with his 28-year-old self: "When you start worrying about the future, all you need to look at is your past. If you’ve done good things to get you to this place, you’ll continue to do good things. … Oh, and I’d tell younger me to dress better." As for that Rockie 4 reference a decade or so ago? "I got a lot of crap for mentioning Rockie 4 as my favorite movie at the time," he added, "but for years after, people called about boxing projects, and The Fighter resulted from one of those calls thanks to Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein."
Rob Moore, Class of 1994
Paramount Pictures' vice chairman would reaffirm his 32-year-old self: "Definitely pursue the executive path, or you will still be waiting for Vin Scully to retire 18 years from now! And he’s still the best!" As for that power spot, he quipped: "Old power spot: Poquito Mas. New power spot: Baja Fresh."
Adam Fogelson, Class of 2000
The Universal Pictures chairman would tell his 33-year-old self to "start eating less" and updates his power spot: "I don’t play much golf anymore. My weekends home are spent with my wife and my girls [6 and 8 years old]. Best trade ever!"