John Green Promotes 24-Year-Old "Virtual Assistant" to Production Partner

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John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas

Rosianna Halse Rojas started as a fan, became a long-distance assistant and now, with Green's first-look producing deal at Fox 2000, has moved into a partnership role.

A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

The Fault in Our Stars writer John Green's first-look producing deal with Fox 2000 and Temple Hill came with a big promotion — for his indispensable assistant Rosianna Halse Rojas, who in the span of two years has gone from London-based long-distance assistant to producing partner. Their working relationship was born when Rojas, an early fan of Green's first book, Looking for Alaska, arranged for the author to attend a Swindon Town soccer match while on a hectic U.K. promo tour in 2013. (Green is a devoted British soccer fan.) Green offered her the job to be done remotely, with Rojas coming on board just before near back-to-back filming of Stars and Paper Towns.

When Fox 2000 and Temple Hill approached Green for the deal, he knew what he wanted to do for Rojas, who recently moved to Green's hometown of Indianapolis in May. "Rosianna is one of the best readers I know — and I'm not just saying that because she likes my books," the novelist tells THR. "I know she's just 24, but she understands both books and movies so well that she seemed a perfect producing partner."