Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad President Is Among Variety’s New Leaders in Film

Variety | 11/14/2019 | Variety Staff
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Every year, Variety seeks to identify the next generation of leaders in the entertainment business, looking for representatives in the creative community, film, TV, music and digital. This year’s group has a heavy New York focus: We selected executives from forward thinking companies such as Spotify, Group Nine and Endeavor Audio, as well as writers and producers in late night comedy, plus agents and managers who help put the deals together that keep the entertainment business humming.

Federoff came to Neon after stints at ThinkFilm, the Weinstein Co. and Lionsgate, and has been able to put her indie skills to work as the rising label’s head of theatrical distribution the past three years. Neon has found success with “I, Tonya” and “Three Identical Strangers” in the specialty arena and last month released Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” to sold-out theaters; Alfre Woodard-starrer “Clemency” and Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” are also on the way. “Executives always say the sky is falling in terms of cinema and the theatrical experience,” Federoff says. And it’s never gone anywhere, nor is it going anywhere. Consumers still enjoy the theater-going experience.”

February - Grooms - Head - Casting - Film

In February, Grooms became the youngest head of casting of any of the major film studios. Grooms, who got her start as an extras casting assistant for Tyler Perry studios, climbed the ladder for six years at Disney, working on films including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mulan,” before joining Sony. “Making films that reflect...
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