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Boston native Ready, 32, was just two weeks into his mailroom job at Industry Entertainment in Los Angeles when the events of Sept. 11 occurred. "Driving around town, people didn't know what was coming next," recalls the grad of Washington University in St. Louis. "It was a weird way to start a new life in this city." But start it he did, learning the ropes at Industry, then in the office of Warners' Greg Silverman and later at Jerry Weintraub Productions. He segued to Di Bonaventura Pictures in 2006 as vp just as producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was going into production on Transformers, 1408 and two other films. As a key member of the team, Ready was instrumental in putting together last year's surprise Bruce Willis hit Red -- which could be Summit's next franchise -- as well as bringing the upcoming thriller Man on a Ledge to the screen after a 10-year journey. According to Ready, the most important facets to production are passion and inspiration. "If you can be passionate and can inspire passion in other people, then you have an enterprise of very talented people working toward one goal," he says. "If you can't do that, you can't produce. We're not writing checks. We're selling a vision."