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Next Gen 2013: Hollywood's New Class

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    Issue 40 Next Gen  Farhana Pargac - P 2013
    Christopher Patey
    Farhana Pargac
    CAA, corporate finance executive

    Pargac trades in a different type of dealmaking at CAA. Rather than representing actors and directors in the traditional sense, the University of Pennsylvania graduate, who did a stint in New York finance before joining the Hollywood agency, is focused on establishing new ventures on behalf of CAA and its clients.

    Among them: Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video, for which the New Jersey native has guided digital strategy, and former Sony chief Peter Guber and producer-director Mike Tollin, for whom Pargac helped finalize the deal to form Mandalay Sports Media. More high-profile is the work she has done for Ryan Seacrest, including his company's $300 million deal with Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital as well as the formation of cable network AXS TV, a joint venture among Ryan Seacrest Media, AEG and CAA.

    FIRST JOB: When I was in high school, I worked at the local toy store. I was really good at upselling the Barbies.

    IF I WEREN'T IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: I'd probably be working in private equity. [Post-college, Pargac spent six years in investment banking at Lazard in New York.]

    FAVORITE MOVIE: To Kill a Mockingbird. It was one of those movies I saw when I was younger, and even now I can feel the emotion of watching it.

    MOST MEANINGFUL THING IN MY OFFICE: My wedding photo. [She was married in Los Angeles in July 2011.]

    POWER LUNCH SPOT: Hinoki & the Bird, and not just because it's across the street.

    IN MY BIOPIC, THE ACTOR PLAYING ME WOULD BE: Mila Kunis because she's a brunette, and I think she can play smart, absorbed and type A.

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