Jennifer Davisson, 28

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John Ridley, a prolific writer, director, novelist and radio commentator, was somewhat shocked to learn his manager at Los Angeles talent agency The Firm hasn't hit her 30s yet. Jennifer Davisson, with whom he's been working for nearly four years, just turned 28.

"She's far too young to be handling my career," Mr. Ridley says in jest.

Ms. Davisson has what Mr. Ridley calls "24-hour enthusiasm," coupled with maturity beyond her years and a keen ability to navigate Hollywood's omnipresent egos.

Ms. Davisson treats clients like budding brands, scouring for opportunities outside their core interests and looking to position them as multifaceted, highly marketable franchises. "These people are creators, not just actors, writers or directors," she says. "So I say, `Let's see what they can create.' "

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