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    Issue 40 Next Gen Jason Sklar- P 2013
    Amy Dickerson
    Jason Sklar
    J.P. Morgan, executive director of the Entertainment Industries Group

    When film and TV companies need to raise capital, they largely turn to J.P. Morgan and Sklar's team.

    Over the past two years, $6 billion was raised in the film and TV industry. J.P. Morgan was behind $5.5 billion of that. In fact, Sklar's fingerprints can be found on nearly every important finance deal during that period, including helping Legendary raise $425 million in high yield and $650 million in bank debt.

    The Calabasas, Calif.-reared exec, a married father of two who holds degrees from the University of Arizona and USC, assisted Lakeshore in raising more than $200 million. Other clients of the J.P. Morgan team include Lionsgate, Participant, DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation.

    BIG BREAK: I randomly bumped into John Miller -- he ran the group that I'm a part of at J.P. Morgan for 30 years and is a legend in this business -- at a movie theater in New York during a blizzard and approached him about a job.

    MOST MEANINGFUL THING IN MY OFFICE: Pictures of the family and a real-life-size Ted bear. MRC is a client.

    FAVORITE MOVIE: Gladiator, Back to the Future and When Harry Met Sally …

    POWER DRINKS SPOT: Hotel Bel-Air or The Brentwood for a vodka on the rocks.

    IF I'M NOT WORKING: You'll probably find me at home or at the park playing with the kids.

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