Zola Mashariki, 38 SVP, Production Fox Searchlight Pictures
Mashariki identifies feature films for Fox Searchlight to finance and distribute. To find films, treatments, and scripts to acquire for the multi-million-dollar studio, she travels to every major film festivalâ€”Sundance, Cannes and Toronto. A practicing lawyer before she transitioned into the world of entertainment, Mashariki got her start in the film industry as a summer intern.
Major personal accomplishment: Becoming a mother of twins "Up until recently my movies were my babies. I thought it would be hard to find room in my life for any other babies but I was wrong."
Next personal goal: "I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do a few years ago and I want to get back into it and get my second degree. I also started doing triathlons about five years ago and I want to do another big one. In my job you do a lot of mental acrobatics and I think itâ€™s important to have the physical side to balance it."
Dream vacation: "I love Spain. I lived there [as an exchange student] in college and every few years I go back to visit friends."
Phone: An iPhone4 and a Blackberry. "The iPad kind of revolutionized my business because you donâ€™t have to travel with a pile of scripts anymore; you just upload them onto the iPad."
Laptop: Macbook Pro. "Because I have to watch a lot of film and dailies, I need the disc drive in it."
Favorite store: "Right now itâ€™s baby stores. But I love Balenciaga bags."
Favorite beverage: "I love a particular French Rose called Domaine Ott."