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Next Gen 2013: Hollywood's New Class

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    Issue 40 Next Gen Kathleen McCaffrey - P 2013
    Christopher Patey
    Kathleen McCaffrey
    HBO, director of original series

    Lena Dunham has affectionately dubbed McCaffrey the "caseworker," and it's a fitting title for the executive who is credited with bringing the Girls star and her Emmy-nominated concept to the premium cable network.

    McCaffrey, who got her start as a trainee at UTA before moving to HBO with former entertainment president Sue Naegle in 2008, has remained intimately involved in the critical darling, which launches its third season in January.

    The New Jersey-reared NYU grad also is involved with True Blood, the Ryan Murphy pilot Open and development projects with Fruitvale Station writer-director Ryan Coogler, Friday Night Lights writer Ron Fitzgerald and playwright Thomas Bradshaw.

    CAREER MILESTONE: Developing Girls.

    IF I WEREN'T IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: I'd probably own a ballet studio.

    FAVORITE MOVIE: Depends on my mood. Right now, Love Actually, but that's a seasonal choice.

    MUST-SEE TV: I've literally seen every single episode of HGTV's House Hunters, and I'm a really big Real Housewives fan.

    BOOK ON MY NIGHTSTAND: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

    IN MY BIOPIC, THE ACTOR PLAYING ME WOULD BE: Shirley Temple. I was obsessed with her as a kid.

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