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    Issue 40 Next Gen Jessica Kantor- P 2013
    Christopher Patey
    Jessica Kantor
    Legendary Entertainment, vp business and legal affairs

    Want to star in a Legendary movie? You'll have to talk to Kantor.

    Since transitioning from the Sheppard Mullin law firm to Thomas Tull's ministudio in June 2012, the L.A. native and UCLA and Loyola Law School alum is the primary negotiator for Legendary's film projects. She handled all the talent deals for the upcoming Godzilla reboot and its new Michael Mann movie, and she managed the studio's relationship with Jackie Robinson's widow during the 42 shoot.

    She also is fluent (and able to argue in) Italian, French, Farsi and Hebrew.

    FIRST JOB: Apprenticeship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art specializing in African art.

    CAREER MILESTONE: Successfully negotiating all of director Gareth Edwards' No. 1 picks for Godzilla. The deals were closed simultaneously and include Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.

    IF I'M NOT WORKING: You'll probably find me spinning my heart out at SoulCycle, devouring films at the Dome or working my way through [L.A. Times critic] Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants.

    IF I WEREN'T IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: I'd probably be an art curator (preferably at the Louvre).

    FAVORITE MOVIE: Bridesmaids. can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this. Yes I can, 5 and counting.

    POWER LUNCH SPOT: Ammo for lunch.

    POWER DRINKS SPOT: Dominick's for drinks. My go to? A glass of red; on a tough day, two.

    HUMILIATING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: My cousin Donna was turning 13, and her favorite show is Pretty Little Liars. Let's just say I tracked down Lucy Hale on set.

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