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A homegrown talent (he grew up in View Park, Calif.), Wilson, 33, parlayed his political science degree from Yale into several years working in the financial sector in New York as an investment banker, financial consultant and music video producer. In mid-2006, he joined Relativity back in Los Angeles and immediately began helping the growing company transform into a full-fledged studio, brokering big deals to bring in Rogue Pictures, establish a home video outlet and migrate Overture's marketing and distribution teams into Relativity. "Setting up a studio infrastructure during a major transition as far as the way that content is delivered has been a very interesting learning experience," he says. "It's been great to set up a studio that is positioned to take advantage of what's to come." Colleagues may spot Wilson hugging curves along Mulholland Highway on the back of his Triumph Bonneville T100 or at concerts (he recently shot out to Vegas to see Jay-Z perform). But during work hours, he's focused on playing an integral part in the company's expansion. "Relativity is still a relatively small organization," he says, "and what's great is being able to explore ideas and execute them quickly without a lot of red tape."