Next Gen 2013: Hollywood's New Class
The St. Louis-area native can be credited for helping craft the varied -- and red-hot -- career of Shailene Woodley, a former ABC Family star who broke out opposite George Clooney in 2011's The Descendants.
More recently, she booked the young actress in the indie hit The Spectacular Now and the potential franchise Divergent. Ziniti, a Boston University grad who teaches yoga during her off hours, made a deal at Sony for the comedy spec El Tigre, which had landed her writer clients Aaron Buchsbaum and Teddy Riley coveted spots on The Black List in 2012 and, later, a TV comedy set up at CBS.
Another Ziniti discovery, Danish writer Stefan Jaworski, has The Last Witness set up at Fox and is rebooting American Psycho at FX.
FIRST JOB: Build-a-Bear Workshop at 16. My first industry job was as a temp at CAA.
CAREER MILESTONE: When [fellow agent] Ryan Bartlett and I booked Shailene in Divergent.
IF I WEREN'T IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Barbara Walters was my idol growing up, so I'd want to be on a show like 60 Minutes or 20/20.
FAVORITE MOVIE: American Beauty
BOOK ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Stephen King's Doctor Sleep
POWER DRINKS SPOT: The bar at Porta Via in Beverly Hills. I like a whiskey ginger ale.