Kenny Ortega


Kenny Ortega, director and choreographer of "High School Musical" 1 and 2, credits several factors for his recent success, but chief among them is his ability to relate to the young performers he's…

Hayden Panettiere


Save the cheerleader. See a career blossom. While 18-year-old Hayden Panettiere had been working steadily since appearing as a young girl on sudsers "One Life to Live" and "The Guiding Light,"

Paula Kaplan


Britney Spears' kid sister Jamie Lynn made an appearance on "Oprah" in 2002 that changed her life. Paula Kaplan spotted her on the show and flew the 10-year-old from Louisiana to L.A. for a sit-down.

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Alexa Fogel


HBO's "The Wire" is strictly for grown-ups, but the cast boasts some of the finest young actors on television. Thank Alexa Fogel for the discovery. With two Emmy Awards on her mantel, casting…

Angus T. Jones


While some sitcom kids are relegated to being background fillers with the occasional punchline, Angus T. Jones is the third lead, with his role referenced right in the "Two and a Half Men" title…

Dan Schneider


A former child actor who appeared in "Head of the Class," Dan Schneider has built a tween empire at Nickelodeon, creating such lineup staples as "The Amanda Show," "What I Like About You," "Zoey 101"…

Tom Lynch


You might think he'd be slouching toward an early retirement, after more than two decades of generating signature hits for Nickelodeon, the N, the Disney Channel and others. But Tom Lynch seems to be…

Michael Ouweleen


When Michael Ouweleen joined Cartoon Network in 1996, "There was a hard and fast rule of no live-action people on the network," the senior VP recalls. "I started to fudge with that because you needed…

Miley Cyrus


Unlike her smallscreen alter ego, Miley Cyrus can't hide her fame from her friends. The 15-year-old star has struck more than just a musical chord with kids worldwide: "Hannah Montana" is the…

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