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Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns

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    Meredith Ahr
    Bill Phelps
    Meredith Ahr, 31
    Senior vp alternative programming and development, NBC

    Growing up in North Palm Beach, Fla., Ahr was obsessed with TV. "I knew every station, every show and would lay out the evening's programs for my family," she says. But her childhood obsession didn't lead to a living until she joined NBC's page program, working on the first post-9/11 broadcast of Saturday Night Live. "I recently saw that episode for the first time, and it sparked something in my head," she says. "Making people laugh in a time that's tough? That matters." The Boston College grad went from page status to NBC's associates program. Assigned to the reality beat, she helped develop hits like The Biggest Loser, The Marriage Ref and America's Got Talent. "My litmus test is, can I imagine my grandpa, mom, nieces and nephews all watching it?" she says. 

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