1. Julian Savodivker, 36
Television and features agent, Montana Artists Agency
Savodivker joined below-the-line agency Montana in 2005 as an assistant in the business affairs department. He was promoted to head of finance and operations in 2007 and became an agent four years later. He’s expanded the agency’s client roster in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. He reps four crew members of “Short Term 12” — which won both SXSW’s audience and grand jury prizes — d.p. Brett Pawlak (featured in Variety’s Below-the-Line Impact Report), line producer Nathan Kelly, costume designer Mirren Gordon-Crozier and production designer Rachel Myers. Savodivker also recently signed lenser Adam Stone (one of Variety’s 10 Cinematographers to Watch), who shot Jeff Nichols’ “Mud.”
2. Kevin Korn, 28
Agent, Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency
In 2011, Mike Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz selected Korn as their first new agent at the composing agency in 10 years. Since then, he’s signed composers including Joseph Trapanese (“Tron,” “Oblivion”), Steven Price (“Gravity,” “The World’s End”) and Johann Johannsson (“Prisoners”). Another client, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, scored Sundance hit “The Raid: Redemption” and his client Son Lux is scoring TIFF buzz film “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” Before he joined GSA he was an assistant at CAA.
3. Josh Pearl, 30
Talent agent, ICM Partners
Pearl has 20/20 vision when it comes to eyeing comedic talent. He joined ICM in 2005. Since his promotion to agent in 2008, he’s signed three “SNL” cast members — Jay Pharoah, Cecily Strong and Noel Wells — along with Barry Rothbart (one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch) and Emmy-winning “The Colbert Report” writer Bobby Mort. His clients also include Nicole Beharie, the star of Fox’s new hit “Sleepy Hollow”; Scott Haze (one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch), who toplined James Franco’s “Child of God”; and Tony-nominated “Kinky Boots” leading man Stark Sands.
4. Ian Arougheti, 34
Head of comedy department, Innovative Artists
After two years with Arougheti at the head of Innovative Artists’ Comedy department, the unit has doubled in size and expanded to New York. Arougheti started his career at William Morris, then had stints at Super Artists and Paradigm before moving to IA. He focuses on getting his clients TV, film and digital roles beyond stand-up. They include “Workaholics’” Jillian Bell and Erik Griffin, David Alan Grier, “Black Sails’” Zach McGowan and “Ted’s” Ginger Gonzaga.
5. John Garvey, 31
Motion picture literary agent, CAA
In the past year Garvey, who joined CAA in 2007 and became an agent three years later, has brokered some of the agency’s biggest deals. He helped package Craig Zobel’s adaptation of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel “Z for Zachariah,” in addition to packaging and selling Eli Craig’s dark comedy “Little Evil” to Universal. He closed deals for John Lesher to produce David Ayer’s WWII drama “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt, sold Jason Bateman’s “IPO Man” to Fox and brokered a deal for Shane Salerno to pen James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequel. He also ushered doc filmmaker David Gelb — best known for 2011’s “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” —into narrative features with Lionsgate’s “Reawakening,” starring Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde.
6. Laura Lewis, 36
As an agent in the film finance and sales group at CAA, Lewis specializes in indie pics. Her latest coup — Weinstein’s acquisition of “Can a Song Save Your Life?” — marked the largest domestic distribution deal in Toronto this year. Lewis was a key player in securing financing for “Dallas Buyers Club,” and was on the teams that arranged financing and/or sales of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Spring Breakers,” “The Way, Way Back” and “Mud.”
7. Corrie Christopher, 36
Music agent, Paradigm
Those who’ve rocked out to Imagine Dragon’s radio hit “Radioactive” have Christopher to thank. She only recently joined Paradigm, but previously worked for APA as senior VP of concerts. Her specialty is finding and developing artists, and she shepherded Imagine Dragons from small clubs to amphitheaters and arenas. She also reps Rise Against, Sublime With Rome, Awol-Nation, Descendents and the Dirty Heads.
8. Sean Barclay, 35
TV and feature literary agent, Gersh
Barclay joined the Gersh mailroom in 2003. He was promoted to a floater in the feature lit department after five days and became an agent in 2007. He reps Justin Britt-Gibson (one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch) and Alex Schemmer, whose pilot script for the sitcom “The Donor Party” was picked up by NBC. On the cable front he packaged Steve Miner’s ABC Family pilot for “The Final Girls.” Barclay also discovered the Brothers Chaps, who are behind website Homestar Runner, and arranged their development deal with Disney Animation.
9. Simon Faber, 32
Since becoming an agent in 2009, Faber has transitioned clients from writers to helmers and short film/commercial directors to studio feature helmers. Client Dave Green is set to direct the graphic novel adaptation “Lore,” starring Dwayne Johnson. Client Michael Mitnick transitioned from playwright to screenwriter and penned Timur Bekmambetov’s “The Current War” and Phillip Noyce’s “The Giver.”
10. Christopher Licata, 33
TV lit agent, Paradigm
Licata hasn’t been an agent for long, but his clients have become true success stories. For instance, writer-actor-musician Matt Jones has sold two writing projects, one to TBS and one to MTV, and just finished as a cast member on “Breaking Bad” and is on Chuck Lorre’s “Mom.” Stefan Jaworski, recently sold “American Psycho” to FX and another script to ABC Studios. Licata specializes in transitioning playwrights into other media. One example: Caitlin Parrish, who after having plays in Gotham and Chicago, is writing for “Under the Dome.”
11. Marc Kamler, 34
VP of alternative and international television, APA
Kamler didn’t wait until his 30s to start packaging hits. By the time he was 28, he put together the Fox series “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” and hasn’t stopped. Since joining APA in 2007, he’s become a well-known packaging agent and found yet another hit when he was 32. That year, he put together the highly successful Lifetime franchise “Dance Moms,” and the next year packaged spinoffs of the series, “Dance Moms: Miami” and “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.” That same year, he packaged NBC’s “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” running for two seasons on the network, with cable rights sold to Lifetime. In addition, Kamler reps Wendy Williams and her company, Wendy Williams Prods.
12. Max Michael, 28
Head of business development for Asia, UTA
Before becoming UTA’s lead exec in Asia, Michael worked in production in New York and in development in L.A. He joined UTA in 2008 and was promoted to agent in early 2011 and tapped as the head of Chinese business development shortly after. He’s also working to develop Lucasfilm affiliate Base FX from a vfx production house to a full-scale animation studio and helped vfx supervisor Robert Stromberg make his directorial debut with “Maleficent.”
(Profiles by Andrew Barker, Iain Blair, Peter Caranicas, Randee Dawn, Marc Graser, Carole Horst, Maane Khatchatourian, AJ Marechal, Alex Stedman, Allegra Tepper)