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Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns

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    Film
    Tendo Nagenda
    Bill Phelps
    Tendo Nagenda, 35
    VP production, Disney

     

    When Nagenda was 12, he moved with his family to his father's native Uganda, taking with him VHS tapes (Miami Vice, Crime Story) for the comforts of home. However, with the nearest TV set down the road at his uncle's house, Nagenda immersed himself in books likeThe Great Gatsby. After two years of hearing locals referring to him as mzungu (Swahili for "white person"), he returned to Los Angeles with a Ugandan accent. He says his outsider status serves him well today. "The goal is to tell very specific stories that hold value for a large number of people," says Nagenda, who has made his mark at Disney by ushering through the John Hughes-meets-Love Actually teen comedy Prom and snatching up the script for a new live-action take on the Cinderella tale by Morning Glory scribe Aline Brosh McKenna.

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