Next Gen: A Look Back at the Powerful Alums

Steve Schofield

From left: Eric Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men), class of 1995; Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games), class of 1994; Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips), class of 1994; Todd Lieberman (The Muppets), class of 2001

Photographed by Steve Schofield on Nov. 1 at the Thompson Beverly Hills.

Ari Emanuel, Stacey Snider, David Nevins and many more were once honorees on the definitive list of the industry's top execs 35 and under

Before they ruled the land, Hollywood's power players were once up-and-comers — and The Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen list recognized many of them when they were talents on the rise.

As THR debuts its 2014 Next Gen list honoring 35 execs under 35, let's take a look back at some of the recognizable names who've made the list in year's past. 

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The fist class, in 1994, boasted notables such as WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel, 20th Century Fox co-chairman Stacey Snider, Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore and CAA's Kevin Huvane, Bryan Lourd and Richard Lovett. Also on that inaugural list were producers Michael De Luca, Nina Jacobson and Gavin Polone.

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Showtime president David Nevins was inducted into the 1996 Next Gen class alongside soon-to-be TBS and TNT head Kevin Reilly, while 1998's class included producers Scott Stuber and Sue Naegle. Other heavyweights who've been honored include Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley (2002), Fox Networks Group chairman and CEO Peter Rice ('99), chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Jeff Shell ('98), producers Eric Tannenbaum ('95), Todd Lieberman (2001) and many other power players.

Click here for this year's full list of the top 35 executives 35 and under, and see exclusive photos of them here