Exploding on the Scene

Aug 4, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The eleven up-and-comers profiled in the seventh annual Hot List are blazing trails as deeply drawn into the future of television as the Hot List has ever seen.
There’s an agent shaping prime time who turned down a pro basketball contract to work in a mailroom; a cable pro who got his first TV industry job offer via the tennis court in an exotic island paradise; a development executive who brought along skills learned doing public relations and marketing-even a globetrotting journalist who proved she had the right stuff when she slipped into Baghdad just days ahead of the American troops this spring to cover the war.
All the professionals on this list already have made significant contributions to the television business-whether it is developing a hit show, creating an industry innovation, drawing the praise of critics or closing a big deal. Yet they’re all still 35 years old or younger, with the best of their careers yet to come. They were chosen by the editors of TelevisionWeek, out of hundreds who were considered, for what they have achieved, for what we think they will achieve and in the belief that they will be among TV’s most important players for many years to come.
That is certainly the case with many of those who have made the Hot List in past years. For an update on some of the previous Hot List personalities who have experienced meteoric rises since being profiled in our pages, turn to Page 23.