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Kevin Huvane

Partner and Managing Director, CAA

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Kevin Huvane talks about growing up in New York, becoming an agent, and making it his mission to put more women in films and fight for equal pay.

Kevin Huvane grew up in the Bronx in the 1970s. From a very early age, Huvane's mother - a housewife and a feminist - shared with him her love for movies, television, and the theater.

During his teenage years, Huvane worked as a doorman, bellman, and elevator operator at the Wyndham Hotel in New York City. Upon graduating college, the hotel offered him a new position: accommodating celebrity guests. One day on the job, a woman, who witnessed his interactions with a hotel guest, told Huvane he would make a great agent. The next day, Nat Lefkowitz, chairman of the board of the William Morris Agency, contacted Huvane and convinced him to become an agent. He joined William Morris as a mailroom trainee and worked his way up to agent. When at first he did not succeed in signing established stars, Huvane turned his focus to new artists. He signed Sarah Jessica Parker when she was 19-years- old and Julia Roberts shortly thereafter. One evening over dinner, Huvane's mother asked him why Hollywood wasn’t making movies for women, and that became his mission — to stand at the forefront of equality.

In 1995, Huvane and his partners took over as the new leadership of Creative Artists Agency (CAA). With a visionary model for client representation and service, CAA pushed boundaries in the industry and continued to lead the way in Hollywood.

He currently serves as Partner and Managing Director of CAA, where his personal clients are among the world’s most accomplished actors, directors, and writers in film, theatre, and television and include Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Seacrest, Emma Watson, Tom Cruise, and Halle Berry.

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