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Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns

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    Film
    Lauren Levy Neustadter
    Bill Phelps
    Lauren Levy Neustadter, 30
    VP production, 20th Century Fox

    When Neustadter was 10, her parents took her to Los Angeles to try her hand at acting. "Looking out the window, I declared dramatically, 'This is where I belong!' " she remembers. The New Orleans native ultimately returned to study acting at CalArts but opted for the corporate side of the business. She landed first at CAA and HBO Films before settling in as a creative exec at Miramax, then as vp at Adam Shankman's Offspring Entertainment. There she was thrown into production on The Last Song. She's currently overseeing Fox's McG-helmed divorce comedy This Means War, starring Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine -- a juxtaposition to her own life as she recently married (500) Days of Summer screenwriter and 2009 Next Gen honoree Scott Neustadter. As for that childhood dream? "I have such a respect for what actors do," she says. "But I think we all land where we're supposed to."

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