Next Gen 2012: Legal
Bright young things? Bring 'em on, as The Hollywood Reporter recognizes the 35 superstars 35 and under who are moving up fast (and having fun) in film, TV, digital, law and news.
CAMRIN AGIN, 35
New Line Cinema, Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs
One of the most well-liked young studio lawyers, the Long Island native and University of Pennsylvania grad is responsible for the dealmaking on New Line's upcoming Bryan Singer tentpole Jack the Giant Slayer and the Harold & Kumar franchise. After a 2006 trip to Sundance, the married mom-to-be (she's eight months pregnant) left her N.Y. law firm to join the Hollywood studio.
Industry Mentor: New Line's Carolyn Blackwood. My unofficial mentor is Stacey Snider. I say unofficial because we've never met, but she is a law school graduate who oversees creative and financial aspects of films she loves. And she's a mom. Swoon.
Big Break: When I was at Stroock [a corporate firm], I stalked everyone I knew in the entertainment business. I called a professor at NYU who told me that her Manhattan firm was looking for an associate.
Best Advice: "I'd rather beg forgiveness than seek permission." It's a popular proverb, but I read it in a interview with Robert Downey Jr. It was pretty badass.
10 Years From Now: I hope to be running my own film company, where I can broker financing and distribution deals for projects of my choosing.
Can't-Miss TV: American Horror Story. I get to be terrified weekly.
Movie Fix: Wet Hot American Summer. It's one of the funniest movies ever made. This is not an opinion, it's fact.
Worst Day: Monday after a less-than-stellar New Line opening weekend.
Best Day: When I closed a nudity rider after a lengthy negotiation and didn't have to say "butt cleavage."
ROBERT KOCH, 33
Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein, Partner
Yes, his dad is Academy president Hawk Koch, his grandfather was producer Howard W. Koch, and his stepfather is Hollywood superlawyer Ken Ziffren. But peers agree that the Beverly Hills native and Northwestern grad has succeeded at the A-list talent law firm [he landed at Morris Yorn right out of Loyola Law] on his own merits. He has signed such hot clients as Zoe Kazan and Compliance director Craig Zobel, and he's the primary servicer for Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig and Nicole Kidman.
Best Advice: My grandfather told me, "This business is all about relationships, so no matter if it's the security guard or a studio head, treat everyone with respect and kindness."
10 Years From Now: Doing the same thing I'm doing now, but in a dog-friendly building with a better food court.
Biggest 2012 Accomplishment: Helping make the deal for one of my best friends, Jordan Okun, to sell his first novel, L.A. Fadeaway.
Can't-Miss TV: Wire and Game of Thrones.
Online Obsession: Rotoworld. I have a small obsession with fantasy sports.
Lunch Spot: It's a tie between The Apple Pan (the best burger in L.A.) and Nate 'n Al (I recommend the Westwood).
Best Day: When I was named partner.
I Go To Bed At: 11:30 p.m.
The Last Thing I Do: Kiss my wife [Annie Meyers-Shyer, daughter of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer] and watch The Daily Show.