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Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns

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For the 17th year, The Hollywood Reporter honors the 35 execs under 35 whose ambition, talent and motivation have the town talking.

Bill Phelps

In the 16 years since the Hollywood Reporter launched its annual Next Generation list, it has become the definitive guide for the best and brightest up-and-comers in the business.

It is so esteemed that a major exec interviewed every person on one year's list when he left News Corp. to form his own company. 

And who can blame him? Next Gen honorees of years past include Stacey Snider, Mike De Luca, Ari Emanuel, Amy Baer, Ben Silverman, Sue Naegle, Donna Langley, Kevin Huvane -- the very people who are now running the industry.

Each year, THR editors spend months going through the 500-plus submissions and gleaning names through tireless research and reporting.

The finalists are chosen based on their proven success in developing and initiating projects, their reputation among their peers and the potential others see in them to rise to the top. We have separated the honorees into seven categories: agents, legal, film, digital, publicity, management and TV.

The competition creates its own set of problems: Honorees must be 35 or younger as of Nov. 17, the publication date, and we now have to insist that nominees provide identification because more than a few conveniently shave a few years off their ages.

No need to wait around for the next big thing to come along: The industry's future is now.
Click categories below for profiles of each honoree.
  1. Jennifer Lawrence, 20

    Actress, 'Winter's Bone,' 'X-Men: First Class'read more

  2. Zoe Kravitz, 21

    Actress, 'It's Kind of a Funny Story,' 'X-Men: First Class,' 'Mad Max...read more

  3. Rooney Mara, 25

    Actress, 'The Social Network,' 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'read more

  4. Emma Stone, 22

    Actress, 'Easy A,' 'The Help,' the Spider-Man rebootread more

  5. Andrew Garfield, 27

    Actor, 'Never Let Me Go,' 'The Social Network,' the Spider-Man rebootread more

  6. Brandon T. Jackson, 26

    Actor, 'Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son'read more

  7. Garrett Hedlund, 26

    Actor, 'Tron: Legacy,' 'Country Strong'read more

  8. Aaron Johnson, 20

    Actor, 'Kick-Ass,' 'Nowhere Boy'read more

  9. Lena Dunham, 24

    Writer-director, 'Tiny Furniture'read more

  10. Daniel Espinosa, 33

    Director, 'Safe House'read more

  11. Shana Feste, 34

    Writer-director, 'Country Strong'read more

  12. Daniel Stamm, 34

    Director, 'The Last Exorcism,' 'The Night Chronicles Reincarnate'read more

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