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Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? As part of the salute to the qualities that keep the town humming, filmmaker/producer Travis Knight, who founded Laika Studios and is also being honored with Variety’s Creative Leadership Award. The New Leaders, Variety’s 10 Asis finishing up the anticipated “Bumblebee” for Paramount, as well as Variety‘s 10 Assistants to Watch will be recognized Oct. 17, at the Jeremy Hotel rooftop in West Hollywood.
Canton came to Paramount as a creative executive in 2014, becoming director of development for newly founded Paramount Players in 2017. Among her accomplishments: acquiring “Book Club” in conjunction with exec VP of worldwide acquisitions Syrinthia Studer’s team. She’s working on Tiffany Haddish’s “Nobody’s Fool,” “What Men Want,” starring Taraji P. Henson, and “Dora the Explorer.” “Be open to new ideas, points of view, and taking risks because if there’s one truth about our industry, it’s that it’s always evolving,” she says.
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The Korean-American producer-exec oversaw and co-produced CJ Entertainment’s 2013 hit “Snowpiercer,” and with his team has developed more than 15 English-language properties including Phyllis Nagy’s “The Vanished.” He also launched CJ’s first genre label, 413 Pictures. The goal: to take a strong leadership position among Asian companies and filmmakers, “and not only create more unique, and sentimentally different,...
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