Next Gen 2013: Hollywood's New Class
While still an assistant, Petrigala signed a then-unknown Seth Gordon, whom he deftly transitioned from documentarian to major comedy helmer (Gordon's first three narrative films -- Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief -- each have earned more than $100 million domestically).
The Ohio native also has helped his in-demand client branch into TV with the new ABC show The Goldbergs (Gordon is an EP and directed the pilot). During his stint as an assistant, Petrigala, an Emerson grad, also signed Nikki Glaser, now co-host of MTV's Nikki & Sara Live.
In the ensuing six years, he has bolstered his roster with such clients as The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt, art house helmer Hannah Fidell (A Teacher) and Modern Family producer Megan Ganz.
CAREER MILESTONE: The renegotiating of Melissa Rauch's deal on The Big Bang Theory this summer.
PROFESSIONAL INSPIRATION: Bernie Brillstein, whom I was lucky enough to spend one-on-one time with during my early years at Brillstein, and Cynthia Pett, who taught me the ins and outs of management.
IF I'M NOT WORKING: I'm hanging out with my wife and son or watching the [Cleveland] Cavs, Browns or Indians.
CLIENT I'D POACH: Chris Columbus (who doesn't work with a manager). I was a huge fan of his films growing up, and I have a framed original Gremlins poster in my office.Click here to see THR's complete Next Gen 2013 list.