Mariam Zadeh ’95 at First Mediation Corporation
Young and hungry? Yep! The intersection of ambition and intelligence happens here as The Hollywood Reporter names a new crop of 35 top executives, 35 and under.
This story first appeared in the Nov. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
November 6, 2013 The Hollywood Reporter - In its 20th incarnation, The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation list remains the definitive guide for the best and brightest up-and-comers in the business.
The 35 new additions range from top agents, managers and marketers to high-performing film, television and legal executives. The 2013 class joins a distinguished group, which includes heavyweights such as Stacey Snider (class of 1994), Ari Emanuel ('94), Richard Lovett ('94), Donna Langley ('02), Kevin Reilly ('96), Peter Rice ('99) and David Nevins ('96), among many others.
If Propper has his way, celebrities one day will have a social impact agent the way they do an agent, manager and lawyer.
Today, his social impact agency, Propper Daley, works with Hollywood stars, including Tobey Maguire, to help shape their philanthropic efforts and advocacy. The New York native, who spent time on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has degrees from Tufts and Cardozo, is a driving force behind Got Your 6, a coalition of major studios and agencies that works with nonprofit groups to explore veterans' issues.
Among other recent projects: working with LGBT and human rights organizations and talent including Dustin Lance Black and Melissa Etheridge to address the anti-gay laws in Russia.
FIRST JOB: I managed a snack bar at a country club in Westchester, N.Y. Kathie Lee Gifford belonged there, and I used to serve her chicken fingers.
IF I WEREN'T IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: I'd probably be working as an aide on Capitol Hill.
IF I'M NOT WORKING: You'll probably find me eating at a restaurant around town with my boyfriend.
IN MY BIOPIC, THE ACTOR PLAYING ME WOULD BE: Everybody always thought that I looked like Fred Savage growing up, so I guess I'll go with that.
MOST MEANINGFUL THING IN MY OFFICE: We were actively involved in the Obama campaign over the past couple of cycles, so I have a sign from the 2008 convention that says, "We love Michelle," which she signed.
HUMILIATING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I worked on a congressional campaign in Louisiana, where we were following around a candidate whom we didn't believe to be answering questions truthfully. So I spent about a week and a half following him around in a chicken outfit and standing behind him at all his press conferences.