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Next Gen 2010: Hollywood's Young Guns

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    Scott Shooman
    Bill Phelps
    Scott Shooman, 32
    VP acquisitions and productions, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group

    Whether it's acquiring such films as Machete and Rescue Dawn for Sony Pictures' international distribution or overseeing the productions of Cadillac Records, Stomp the Yard and Boondock Saints 2,Shooman thinks big. There's a reason the picture in his office of him with the Stanley Cup doesn't show him touching hockey's biggest prize. "Superstition says you'll never win it if you touch it," the Boston native says. "I like to keep that option open." Up next: the horror film Insidious, directed by James Wan, for which Shooman secured national distribution rights. The executive rarely has time for his beloved hockey these days as his few off-hours find him hitting books. He's taking a break from teach film acquisitions as a remote adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University to work on an MBA at his alma mater, USC.

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