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THR’s Next Gen 2023 – The Hollywood Reporter


Meet the execs on THR’s 30th annual list who are already behind your favorite movies, TV shows and talent, including the film-school dropout who now produces Emmy nominee ‘The Bear’, the manager of YouTube’s biggest personality and the film exec that decamped to an isolated peninsula in Nova Scotia for ‘The Lighthouse.’

In 1993, Jurassic Park (the first one) was the No. 1 movie at the box office, The X-Files went to air and THR debuted its first list of the top 35 Hollywood execs 35 and under.

In the 30 years that followed, Next Gen alums have created cinematic universes (Kevin Feige was selected in 2003) and maintained century-old studios (Donna Langley in 2002). From 1994’s Ari Emanuel, Kevin Huvane and Courtenay Valenti to 2002’s Bela Bajaria, these execs have built, lost, sold and rebuilt entertainment empires.

In any given year, the Next Gen list is a reflection of Hollywood and its priorities. You can track the rise of prestige TV, the debut of streaming and the entrée of social media. With that said, meet the Next Gen class of 2023.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.