The Hollywood Reporter Fetes Next Gen Class of 2015 at Swanky Bash
The rooftop event, held at E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood, saw the 35-and-under honorees mingle with past alumni.
Thirty-five of the industry’s fastest-rising execs under the age of 35 were celebrated Wednesday night at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Next Gen celebration.
Hollywood insiders gathered on the rooftop of E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood to toast the new class of ambitious up-and-comers — from film and TV dealmakers to reps and producers — who made the 2015 list.
Veep's Timothy Simons turned up to celebrate honoree and Brillstein manager Ben Curtis, just as author James Frey and director Josh Boone did for WME’s David Stone and CAA’s Elan Ruspoli, respectively.
For many on the list, the day was heavy on congratulatory emails and phone calls. "I had some high school friends contact me and say that they think maybe we should rekindle our friendship," said Curtis, who brought his wife and his mom to the party.
Others received equally humorous reactions from people after the Next Gen news broke earlier this morning. "One of my friend's moms who is very concerned about my martial status said, 'It should give you enough street cred to find a husband,'" laughed Fox's Samata Narra, adding that someone else told her, "Maybe now your parents will stop telling you that you need to go to medical school."
Another less than ideal reaction: "I didn't realize you were 33 — I thought you were much older," acknowledged CAA's Ryan Ly. For Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston, the youngest showrunner in the field, the responses were much sweeter: CBS sent a giant jar of jelly beans (his favorite snack) to the control room to say congratulations.
This year’s group — which also includes a producer on Saturday Night Live and reps for Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, Daily Show breakout Jessica Williams and Mr. Robot star Rami Malek — brought friends, family and colleagues with them to the event.
Sponsored by American Airlines, A&E and Audi, the evening drew many past honorees, too. Among them: Mosaic’s Michael Lasker, HBO’s Kathleen McCaffrey, True Jack's Michelle Lee, WME’s Ari Greenburg, Netflix's Jane Wiseman, and UTA’s Allan Haldeman and Mike Jelline. Others in attendance included Paradigm's Sam Gores, Gersh's Leslie Siebert, UTA's Peter Benedek and Good Universe's Nathan Kahane and Joseph Drake.