1. Julian Savodivker, 36
Television and features agent, Montana Artists Agency
SXSW's audience and grand jury prizes -- d.p. Brett Pawlak (featured in Variety's Below-the-Line Impact Report), line producer Nathan Kelly, costume designer Mirren Gordon-Crozier and production designer Rachel Myers. Savodivker also recently signed lenser Adam Stone (one of Variety's 10 Cinematographers to Watch), who shot Jeff Nichols' "Mud."
2. Kevin Korn, 28
Agent, Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency
In 2011, Mike Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz selected Korn as their first new agent at the composing agency in 10 years. Since then, he's signed composers including Joseph Trapanese ("Tron," "Oblivion"), Steven Price ("Gravity," "The World's End") and Johann Johannsson ("Prisoners"). Another client, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, scored Sundance hit "The Raid: Redemption" and his client Son Lux is scoring TIFF buzz film "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby." Before he joined GSA he was an assistant at CAA.
3. Josh Pearl, 30
Talent agent, ICM Partners
Pearl has 20/20 vision when it comes to eyeing comedic talent. He joined ICM in 2005. Since his promotion to agent in 2008, he's signed three "SNL" cast members -- Jay Pharoah, Cecily Strong and Noel Wells -- along with Barry Rothbart (one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch) and Emmy-winning "The Colbert Report" writer Bobby Mort. His clients also include Nicole Beharie, the star of Fox's new hit "Sleepy Hollow"; Scott Haze (one of Variety's 10 Actors to Watch), who toplined James Franco's "Child of God"; and Tony-nominated "Kinky Boots" leading man Stark Sands.
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4. Ian Arougheti, 34
Head of comedy department, Innovative Artists
After two years with Arougheti at the head of Innovative Artists' Comedy department, the unit has doubled in size and expanded to New York. Arougheti started his career at William Morris, then had stints at Super Artists and Paradigm before moving to IA. He focuses on getting his clients TV, film and digital roles beyond stand-up. They include "Workaholics'" Jillian Bell and Erik Griffin, David Alan Grier, "Black Sails'" Zach McGowan and "Ted's" Ginger Gonzaga.
5. John Garvey, 31
Motion picture literary agent, CAA
In the past year Garvey, who joined CAA in 2007 and became an agent three years later, has brokered some of the agency's biggest deals. He helped package Craig Zobel's adaptation of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel "Z for Zachariah," in addition to packaging and selling Eli Craig's dark comedy "Little Evil" to Universal. He closed deals for John Lesher to produce David Ayer's WWII drama "Fury," starring Brad Pitt, sold Jason Bateman's "IPO Man" to Fox and brokered a deal for Shane Salerno to pen James Cameron's "Avatar" sequel. He also ushered doc filmmaker David Gelb -- best known for 2011's "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" --into narrative features with Lionsgate's "Reawakening," starring Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde.
6. Laura Lewis, 36
As an agent in the film finance and sales group at CAA, Lewis specializes in indie pics. Her latest coup -- Weinstein's acquisition of "Can a Song Save Your Life?" -- marked the largest domestic distribution deal in Toronto this year. Lewis was a key player in securing financing for "Dallas Buyers Club," and was on the teams that arranged financing and/or sales of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Spring Breakers," "The Way, Way Back" and "Mud."
Hollywood's New Leaders: Agents
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