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Next Gen 2011: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars

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    Jonathan Zepp
    Joe Pugliese
    Jonathan Zepp
    Strategic Content Partnerships, Google/YouTube

    Zepp, 34, grew up in Kentucky, Florida, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia. So maybe it was preordained he'd move around a lot in his career. After a stint as a lawyer at Latham & Watkins, he joined Napster in 2004, then jumped to Paramount Digital Entertainment, then Sony Network Entertainment. In July, the Baruch College graduate came to YouTube to lead its worldwide content acquisitions arm, where he has helped license some of the 3,000 feature films users can rent. The married Zepp also has launched YouTube's movie-rental business in Canada and the U.K., and he and a team in Beverly Hills are "exploring" the same model for TV shows. When he's not licensing content, he's an amateur screenwriter who likes to watch baseball and play basketball. "We're at a pivotal, fundamental point in time," Zepp says. "Distribution opportunities increase through companies like ours."

    PHOTOS: THR's Next Gen Class of 2011

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