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Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns

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    Film
    Elizabeth Raposo
    Bill Phelps
    Elizabeth Raposo, 34
    VP production, Paramount

    Remember watching Sesame Street as a kid? You can bet Raposo was glued to the set: Her father was its musical director and wrote the theme song and several other tunes associated with the show. Despite her musical roots -- she grew up playing piano and violin -- the Georgetown grad landed at CAA, where Rick Kurtzman and Kevin Huvane were mentors, then worked for Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures on The Fountain. At Paramount, Raposo is now supervising the forthcoming Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol and helping shepherd a remake of Dune. "Working with Darren helped me see how a filmmaker approaches his craft," Raposo says. "Being at Paramount has given me the chance to grow as an executive." Her undergrad studies have especially been a boon. "Knowing politics really helps," she says.

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