Everyone has to start somewhere — even those who one day wind up calling the shots. Variety polled dozens of producers, studio execs, entertainment lawyers, managers and agents to identify those who are on track to become the superagents of tomorrow.
Andrew Dunlap, 34 (WME): His roster is not only filled with rising stars (Chloe Moretz, Luke Evans and “Downton Abbey’s” Tom Cullen, to name a few), he’s someone execs and producers say they’re excited to work with because he understands both his clients’ needs and those of the studios with which he is negotiating.
Nigel Meiojas, 30 (ICM Partners): Among the fresh faces he reps are actors Genesis Rodriguez (three films in 2012, including “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Casa de mi Padre”) and Alexander Ludwig (three projects set up this year after his turn in “The Hunger Games”). He also co-runs the weekly motion picture meeting at ICM.
Ryan Bartlett, 37 (Paradigm): Clients include Shailene Woodley, who is much in demand since her breakout role in “The Descendants,” and Israel Broussard, set to co-star in director Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring.” Bartlett brings sorely needed young stars to Paradigm’s roster of clients.
Bryan O’Guin, 29 (CAA): He’s been recently promoted at CAA, and has hustled hard enough to find his way onto teams that handle Matthew McConaughey and Nicolas Cage. His own clients include Emma Roberts and Vanessa Hudgens.
Remington Franklin, 28; Joey Stanton, 30 (Resolution): Talent has followed the pair to former ICM chief Jeff Berg’s new percentery, including “X-Men” actor Caleb Landry Jones and “Walking Dead’s” Sarah Wayne Callies. The two agents are already on the teams of some of Resolution’s top filmmakers, among them directors Peter Segal and Doug Liman, and producer Dave Bartis.
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John Garvey, 30 (CAA): With a client list that features Bradley Cooper and Matt Reeves (attached as director of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), Garvey is among the next-gen reps who see the importance of working with talent on both sides of the camera.
Jenny Maryasis, 31 (UTA): If you want to book “Girls” guru Lena Dunham, or Chilean helmer Sebastian Silva (who took a Sundance jury prize for his 2009 pic “The Maid”), you have to go through Maryasis.
Eric Garfinkel, 32 (Gersh): Garfinkel, who handles “Beasts of the Southern Wild” co-scribe Lucy Alibar, among others, has made inroads for Gersh despite fewer resources while going up against larger competitors.
Max Michael, 28 (UTA): Fluent in Mandarin, he’s UTA’s head of business development for Greater China. Which means he serves as eyes and ears for the agency in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets. Nuff said.
David Stone, 31 (WME): Insiders believe Stone (Comedy Central’s Daniel Tosh, “Pretty Little Liars'” Marlene King) has emerged as someone who could eventually have an even bigger role in scripted television at an agency known for its robust TV business.
Andrew Kurland, 25 (ICM Partners): Works with onscreen talent such as Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Valorie Curry (“The Following”). He’s well-liked among colleagues for his strong work ethic and ability to think outside the box for clients.