Next Gen 2013: Hollywood's New Class
With just two years of agency assistant experience, Shahbazian picked up and moved from L.A. to New York in 2006.
In the years since, the University of Virginia graduate with a law degree from Santa Clara University has built a management/production business that includes the hotly anticipated film Divergent, based on a YA novel Shahbazian discovered and placed at Summit. (He has a producer credit.) Among his other high-profile sales: Patrick Lee's Runner to Warner Bros. with Justin Lin directing, and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone to DreamWorks.
The London-born book-to-film manager, whose wife is pregnant with their second child, also is doing some writing of his own. He's co-authoring a YA novel titled Scan, which is set for May release, and then will follow up in 2015 with a sequel, Burn.
IF I'M NOT WORKING: You'll probably find me planning a trip to the south of France or dreaming about planning a trip to the south of France. I try to go every year.
IF I WEREN'T IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: I'd probably be a GM of a pro football team.
FAVORITE MOVIE: Amadeus
BOOK ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath
MOST MEANINGFUL THING IN MY OFFICE: My director's chair from the Divergent set.