Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns
Given his background, it's surprising that Miami native Slewett didn't end up on the road. He studied guitar and voice formally for most of his life and even lived a small-time rock 'n' roll dream in bands (most ignominious name: Blue Sky -- "I still get teased about it," he says) while earning his film degree at the University of Texas at Austin. But college summers working at Michael Douglas' production company at Paramount found him drifting toward the business-affairs department. "I saw you could do something that wasn't a writer, actor, director or producer, but still was an integral part of the business," he says. A law degree from Cardozo and legal stints with litigation expert Patty Glaser (of Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard & Shapiro) and Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton repping studios, producers, financiers and production companies as outside counsel led him to Carlos Goodman's door -- and Slewett "has never looked back." Since then he's brokered deals for up-and-coming actors like Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed) and Rhys Coiro (Straw Dogs) and photographer-producer Mario Testino while servicing the firm's long-standing clients like directors Darren Aronofsky, Paul Greengrass and Quentin Tarantino -- the latter a particular thrill, given that Pulp Fiction fired up his initial interest in film. Lately, he has started recruiting Brazilian acting talent clients like Wagner Moura -- Slewett's wife, Chiara, is from Rio -- and other clients from unexpected venues including former Pace restaurant waitress Leah Rachel, who landed a deal at HBO after passing Slewett a script during her shift.