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Next Gen 2012: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars

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    Next Gen
    Top 35
    Jessica Chou
    Michael Lasker
    Mosaic, Manager

    After launching his own management company as an undergraduate at USC [Foursight Entertainment, with fellow honoree Heller], the Tulsa, Okla.-born Lasker, 33, joined Mosaic in 2008 and counts Portlandia’s Jonathan Krisel, The Office’s Ellie Kemper, Modern Family’s Jason Winer and Bad Teacher’s Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky as clients.

    BIG BREAK: Before my junior year in college, I had an internship at production company Beacon Communications, which had just gotten the greenlight to do Universal’s Bring It On. Being 20 years old and going down to San Diego to work on a cheerleading movie was not a bad way to spend the summer.

    BIGGEST 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENT: 1600 Penn being ordered to series at NBC. I represent Jason Winer and [fellow Next Gen 2012 honoree] Jon Lovett with my colleague Christie Smith. We connected Jason with Jon, who had White House experience, and the rest was history.

    MOVIE FIX: Die Hard. The truth is, I’d come home every day after school, and I’d put it in the VCR and watch the last 10 minutes, where he saves his wife. Every day. And A Few Good Men. Upon request, I can do the entire courtroom scene, both Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise’s dialogue.

    ONLINE OBSESSION: Ain’t It Cool News.

    I FALL ASLEEP AT: Midnight.

    THE LAST THING I DO: Read 10 pages of a book and fall asleep. That’s why it takes me four months to finish a book.

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