Next Gen 2013: Hollywood's New Class
The New Jersey native began her career in acquisitions at Focus Features in New York before transitioning to a role at director Darren Aronofsky's production company and The Schiff Co. Romano, a graduate of NYU, ultimately landed at Anonymous Content, where she lured star client Idris Elba to join her.
Additionally, her roster includes an impressive breadth of writers (Boardwalk Empire executive story editor David Matthews), directors (The Signal's Will Eubank) and talent (2 Broke Girls co-star Beth Behrs).
FIRST JOB: Receptionist at Good Machine [the film company co-founded by Ted Hope and James Schamus].
IF I WEREN'T IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: I'd probably be an anchor on SportsCenter.
MOST MEANINGFUL THING IN MY OFFICE: A poster for Todd Solondz's movie Happiness -- there's only three of them in the world. Good Machine sold that movie, and they made these cool posters for Cannes. When I was at Focus, it was in James Schamus' office, and the glass broke. They were going to throw it away, so I took it home with me on the subway and then took it across the country with me [when I moved to L.A.].
HUMILIATING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: When I started as a manager, it was my first Sundance, and I remember there was a client whom we managed, and after the screening, all these agents swarmed him. I said: "That's so weird. He's with this one agent. Why are all these other agents talking to him?" They're like, "Nicole, that's how it is. That's what they do. They try to poach." I was so naive.