Next Gen 2010: Management

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Greg Walter
32, Manager, 3 Arts Entertainment

“I’m given the freedom to go out and find talented comedians and writers who have no credits,” he says. The strategy is paying off with clients such as the droll comedian Aubrey Plaza, who landed plum roles in NBC’s Parks and Recreation and the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and writer-actor-rapper Donald Glover. Walter first got his showbiz close-up in elementary school when the original The Karate Kid shot across the street from his home in Reseda. After graduating from USC as a communications major/film minor, he did a stint at William Morris and then was hired for an assistant gig for producer-manager Gavin Polone. “It was a crash course in filmmaking in production, because he was still managing clients,” including Conan O’Brien and Larry David. In May 2002, he landed at 3 Arts. “I love pitching ideas and bouncing stuff off the wall,” says Walter, who's married with has two young sons. “Getting any client their first gig is truly the most exciting moment.”

Alex Goldstone
35, Manager, Anonymous Content

Growing up in London, Goldstone told his parents -- producer John Goldstone and talent agent Linda Seifert -- that he also a wanted a showbiz career. They gave him some pithy advice: Leave England. “It’s a very insular, small business [there],” he explains. “My biggest influences were John Hughes, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Martin Scorsese. They don’t make [their] movies in England.” Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, he moved to Los Angeles and found work as an assistant to Rick Hess, then segued into management in 1999, working at Bondesen Graup and Fuse Entertainment before landing at Anonymous in 2008. There he’s closed deals for clients like Heather Hach (Freaky Friday) to script an adaptation of What to Expect When You’re Expecting for Lionsgate.

 

Next Gen 2010 profiles written and reported by Randee Dawn, Leslie Bruce, Todd Longwell, Carita Rizzo, Lauren Schutte and Andrew Wallenstein

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