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    Issue 40 Next Gen Andy Weil - P 2013
    Christopher Patey
    Andy Weil
    Universal Television, vp comedy development

    The Houston native got in on the ground floor at Universal Television, much as he had at Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun's company BermanBraun, years earlier.

    With an emphasis on comedy development, the USC grad has spent recent months focused on a collection of upcoming Tina Fey projects, two of which have been granted rare series pickups at Fox and NBC, as well as Fox's John Mulaney comedy, among others. His fingerprints are all over Brooklyn Nine-Nine, too, which is garnering critical praise on Fox's schedule. (Nabbing series orders on networks outside of sibling NBC has been a priority for Weil and his boss.)

    But it is also his vast cultural knowledge that often impresses people. When the young executive and well-known foodie isn't reading scripts or attending table reads, he likely is devouring a book, film or play.

    BIG BREAK: I had been Gail Berman's assistant at Paramount, and a week before BermanBraun started, Gail told me to go to lunch with Lloyd Braun, whom I had met once before. At lunch he told me, "We're going to make you our first executive." I was 23 years old.

    FAVORITE MOVIE: Pulp Fiction

    MUST-SEE TV: Mad Men

    IN MY BIOPIC, THE ACTOR PLAYING ME WOULD BE: Larry David. He gets my curmudgeonly essence.

    PROJECT I'D POACH: The Big Bang Theory

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