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Next Gen 2012: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars

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    Dorothy Hong
    Mike Yarvitz
    MSNBC, Senior Producer, "The Rachel Maddow Show"

    Yarvitz, 30, a Boston native, started at MSNBC in 2004 as a production assistant. Eight years later, he is a senior producer at the network's top-rated program and the primary writer of Maddow's A-block. Notes TRMS executive producer Bill Wolff: "The show's signature thing is its blowout, super-thorough first block write-through. And Mike does that."

    INDUSTRY MENTOR: Bill Wolff.

    BIG BREAK: Hurricane Katrina. An enormous world-changing story plus an undersize staff equals a thrust into a producing job I wasn't qualified for.

    BEST ADVICE: "Find a good story, tell it well, and the rest will take care of itself." -- Professor Frank Currier.

    10 YEARS AGO: Studying broadcast journalism at Syracuse University, wondering if I'd ever get a job in TV.

    BIGGEST 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENT: Getting nominated for a second Emmy and then losing. Thanks a lot, Anderson Cooper!

    MOVIE FIX: Good Will Hunting. You can take the guy out of Boston, but you can't take Boston out of his DVD player.

    ONLINE OBSESSION: PoliticalWire.com.

    WHEN I'M NOT WORKING I'M: At a coffee shop in Lower Manhattan, pretending I'm not working while covertly working.

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