Hollywood tapped into the fountain of youth to laud the upcoming leaders in the industry as creatives, agents and managers who are under 36 were celebrated at Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders event Tuesday for their innovation and fresh perspective. The reception was held at the Bar Marmont in West Hollywood.
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Prods., earned the top honor for his hands-on work at the network, advocating for shows like “Sons of Anarchy” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Though identified for his success, Landgraf noted that his failures have been integral to his career path.
“It’s been said that success is many parents and failure is an orphan,” he said. “But I’ll tell you if you really want to get good at something you’re going to have to adopt your failures and accept them as your own children. And you’ll have to learn from them like you would your own kids.”
Danny DeVito presented the Creative Leadership award to Landgraf who he said has been his “buddy for 15 years.” Before handing him his trophy (referencing “Mad Men” by calling it a “Sterling Cooper-monolithic” award), he highlighted Landgraf’s best traits.
“When it comes to John Landgraf, I’m one lucky motherfucker,” DeVito said. “He’s nurturing, caring, brings the best out of people and executives at the studio. If I would work with a creative executive he’s the guy I would want.”
Landgraf raised his glass to the other new leaders in the crowd, saying, “To the next generation of young leaders who are faced with the challenge of telling the best stories: I sure hope you do it better than I could.”
This is the fourth year Variety has identified Hollywood’s new leaders. The honorees, Variety staff and employees from Singer Lewak Accountants & Consultants, the sponsor of the event, mingled.
Steven Gaydos, executive editor at Variety, welcomed the crowd, and stated the importance of having mentors for the new leaders and closed remarks by saying, “Let’s party!”