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Next Gen 2012: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars

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    Next Gen
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    Jessica Chou
    Michael Kagan
    ICM, Partner, International TV/Media

    The ICM partner already has put more than 30 shows on the air, with a portfolio that's as diverse as it is successful. The New York native, 31, counts Undercover Boss' Studio Lambert, What Not to Wear's Clinton Kelly, Inside the Actors Studio's James Lipton and The Biggest Loser's Jillian Michaels among his clients.

    INDUSTRY MENTOR: My father, Russell Kagan, who has produced TV movies and miniseries.

    BIG BREAK: Starting in the ICM mailroom in 2003. It's the only job I've ever had. [Kagan graduated from the University of Michigan.]

    BEST ADVICE: Bernie Brillstein said, "Have an opinion, even if it's wrong."

    BIGGEST 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENT: When Studio Lambert won the Emmy for Undercover Boss. It was nice to see a client recognized like that.

    CAN'T-MISS TV: Eastbound & Down.

    MOVIE FIX: Step Brothers. It gets better that 13th time, though.

    ONLINE OBSESSION: TMZ, to make sure my clients aren't in trouble.

    I WAKE UP AT: 7:30 a.m.

    THE FIRST THING I DO: Panic.

    I GO TO SLEEP EVERY NIGHT AT: 11 p.m.

    THE LAST THING I DO: Panic.

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