Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns
Matzkin has probably watched more TV the past four years while working at Warners than in the rest of his life combined. This is quite a thrill for a guy who was allowed to watch only one TV show per week (The Cosby Show) by his ophthalmologist father and elementary school teacher mother while growing up in Westlake Village, Calif. "I still remember the day when I saw a preview for ALF and that made me feel like television was a special medium of communication," he jokes. Since joining the studio in 2006, Matzkin has gone from drafting contracts to his current position as an upfront dealmaker, most recently setting up the CW's Hellcats, CBS' Mike & Molly and the Jerry Bruckheimer newbies Chase on NBC and ABC's The Whole Truth."Most days there is a moment where I feel like, 'Damn, I love what I do,' " says the football-obsessed ("football isn't a hobby, it's a core essence of the spirit," he quips) father of two, who now allows his kids to watch an hour of TV a day.