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    Issue 40 Next Gen Lindsey Springer - P 2013
    Christopher Patey
    Lindsey Springer
    DreamWorks TV, head of development

    Springer's title is misleading.

    The Kansas City native, who got her start in the Endeavor mailroom, is hands-on in all facets of the production process at DreamWorks TV. She has helped Steven Spielberg's company set up projects -- scripted, unscripted, comedy and drama -- in both broadcast and cable. Among the more high-profile efforts to get off the ground during her six-year tenure: FX's The Americans, TNT's Falling Skies and CBS' summer juggernaut Under the Dome.

    Next, the Kansas State University grad and new mom will prep the Halle Berry-led futuristic thriller Extant for a summer debut on CBS.

    BIG BREAK: Landing on Greg Hodes' desk at Endeavor. He had Josh Schwartz [as a client] and it was right when he made it big with The O.C., and he had just brought back Family Guy that year with Seth MacFarlane. It was my grad school for the entertainment industry.

    IF I WEREN'T IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: I'd probably be an event planner or a chef.

    BOOK ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Difficult Men and What to Expect the First Year. My two worlds.

    MOST MEANINGFUL THING IN MY OFFICE: Probably my Bernese mountain dog. She comes to the office with me every day.

    HUMILIATING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I had a temp on my desk covering for my assistant, who was out of town. She was responding [to an agent] and wrote, "I'm sorry. Because I am covering for Lindsey's assistant, could you tell me: Who is this Rosh Hashanah and why would he or she affect the staffing meeting?" The email went all around the agency in minutes, and from there it went viral. The next day it was on Ellen.

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