Young Armenians who are currently making waves in the entertainment industry were recognized this week in year-end rankings in major industry publications Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Asbarez reports.
Aram Yacoubian, who is the 31-year-old Netfilx animated film director, was recognized in Variety’s “New Hollywood Leaders of 2021” list released on Thursday. Last week, The Hollywood Reporter released their “Next Gen 2021: The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Rising Executives 35 and Under” which included Proximity Media co-founder Kev Ohanian, 34, and his sister entertainment lawyer, Ramela. , 31 years. Ohanian, who is a partner at Sheppard Mullin.
Yacoubian has worked in Netflix’s animation unit since its inception. He now co-heads his independent animation division, overseeing the sourcing, development and production of independent animation producers. He brokered a deal with Aardman Animation, with “Chicken Run 2” on deck; brought in Studio Ghibli catalog titles; and developed the worldwide hit “Mighty Little Bheem,” Variety reported.
“Animation had a major impact on me when I was a kid. It opened my eyes to a much bigger world than I thought and encouraged my imagination to run wild, ”Yacoubian told Variety. “As I got older, my perspective started to broaden and I developed a new appreciation for the sophistication of animated storytelling. There are endless possibilities in the medium.
As an external advisor to Amazon Studios, Ramela Ohanian took care of the combinations and the first looks of Jordan Peele, Barry Jenkins and John Krasinski.
After studying philosophy at UCLA, she went to Loyola Law School, then landed a production lawyer position at Awesomeness TV in 2016. When the company called to request an interview, it already had two offers. competing on the table and persuaded Awesomeness to let her in that day. This trip quickly caught the attention of Sheppard Mullin, one of the many places she had been interned, and she has been there ever since. In addition to her work for Amazon Studios, the Los Angeles native counts Nickelodeon, Keshet Studios, and Gunpowder & Sky among her clients.
She told The Hollywood Reporter that she “was dying to work with” her brother, Sev Ohanian, a 2021 Next Generation winner. “We have each entered the industry on our own, but we would like to work together a day, ”she said.
After working with Ryan Coogler on Fruitvale Station, Sev Ohanian is building a roster that includes “Space Jam: A New Legacy and Creed III”.
The Hollywood Reporter called him “a rare executive who can negotiate business and initiate dialogue.”
Ohanian traveled to Sundance with films he produced (Fruitvale in 2013) and wrote (Searching in 2018). The LA native skipped the final year of his graduate program at USC Film School to produce Fruitvale Station, Coogler’s Escape.
“I had a hard time being taken seriously and getting attached to good scripts,” Ohanian told The Hollywood Reporter. So he co-wrote Searching with Aneesh Chaganty and produced it with his wife, Natalie Qasabian.
The Hollywood Reporter asked him who he would swap places with for a day, and he replied, “My sister,” Remela Ohanian, 2021 Next Generation winner. to be my parents’ favorite. “