Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns
"I'm short, but there's a lot of energy," Dan says. And tenacity, too. The Malibu native had her first internship at 16 at the Universal-based Joe Singer Entertainment and went on to intern at others companies including ICM and Artisan Entertainment on summer breaks during her years studying at Emory University in Atlanta. Realizing she wanted to be where the buyers are, she took a job as an assistant for production vp Jeffrey Clifford and followed him from Disney to Warner Bros. She was hired at DreamWorks in 2005 and has worked on films ranging from Hotel for Dogs to Dinner for Schmucks. Her current development slate includes the Justin Adler-penned comedy The Escort and the recently wrapped Real Steel, directed by Shawn Levy and starring Hugh Jackman. How does she keep track of it all? "My desk is a total mess, but there's nothing messy in my head," she says.