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Next Gen 2012: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars

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    Next Gen
    Top 35
    Jessica Chou
    David Bernad
    RipCord Productions, President of Film and Television

    As head of Mike White’s production company, which has a deal at HBO, he produces the dramedy Enlightened and HBO GO’s first original effort, The Boring Life of Jacqueline. On the film side, the entrepreneurial McGill grad and Washington, D.C.-area native is exec producing Sebastian Silva’s Magic Magic.

    CAREER INSPIRATION: I had a paper route at 9 and thought: “Why am I delivering someone else’s paper? I can just make my own.” My little brother wanted to be a writer, so I became the producer and said: “You write it. I’ll go sell it.” There was local, world and sports news plus trivia. I went door to door and made $500.

    BIG BREAK: Landing in the UTA mailroom. I didn’t get the job I had interviewed for at ICM but got an offer from Abrams and an interview at UTA. I told the guy at UTA that I had another offer. He said, “Where?” When I said Abrams, he said, “Ehh.” Something came over me, and I [lied], “And ICM.” He literally hired me on the spot.

    BEST ADVICE: My cousin Michael Gordon [300 screenwriter] told me, “It’s about patience and perseverance.”

    CAN’T-MISS TV: I don’t know if I should say this, but Real World/Road Rules’ The Challenge.

    ONLINE OBSESSION: ESPN.

    BIGGEST 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENT: Getting nominated for a Golden Globe for Enlightened.

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