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Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns

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    Digital
    Ezra Cooperstein
    Bill Phelps
    Ezra Cooperstein, 30
    CEO, Maker Studios

     

    In a world that is brutally difficult to monetize, Cooperstein might just be the guy to have a breakthrough. With his new Maker Studios, a startup that allows YouTube stars to share production and promotion, the UCLA grad is getting 140 million monthly views — something Cooperstein’s former boss at Current TV, Al Gore, would have been proud of. “We’re delivering numbers equivalent to cable,” says Cooperstein, a Santa Cruz, Calif., native who swims laps in his free time. But he hasn’t had much idle time lately: Cooperstein has also been instrumental to engineering Current’s innovative VC2 (viewer-created content) division. “And that’s something that can’t be ignored.”

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