Next Gen 2013: Hollywood's New Class
As newly promoted president at Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Point Grey Pictures, Weaver has served in a producing capacity on 50/50 (as an associate producer) and The Guilt Trip (co-producer). This year, he graduated to full producer on the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End (which has earned $124 million worldwide).
Weaver, a Bronxville, N.Y., native whose younger brother David works at UTA, is a producer on the upcoming Universal comedy Neighbors, starring Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Rogen, as well as the Sony comedy The Interview, a reteaming of stars James Franco and Rogen, who directs with Goldberg. The Union grad also set up the prom-night comedy Cherries at Good Universe, with Harold & Kumar directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg set to helm.
FIRST JOB: Manager at an Express for Men in the Northridge Mall. (First industry job was in the mailroom at UTA.)
C AREER MILESTONE: When Seth and Evan asked me to be a full producer with them on This Is the End, they hired a singing telegram to give me the news.
IF I'M NOT WORKING: You'll probably find me running. I run a lot so that I can eat with my wife, who is a personal chef.
MOST MEANINGFUL THING IN MY OFFICE: A desk plaque that just says, "James Weaver, Producer," which Seth and Evan gave me.
BOOK ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
IN MY BIOPIC, THE ACTOR PLAYING ME WOULD BE: James Franco. But he would definitely turn that role down.