40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

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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 festival—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 it’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 don’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 it’s baby stores. But I love Balenciaga bags."


Favorite beverage: "I love a particular French Rose  called Domaine Ott."

Zola Mashariki, 38

SVP, Production

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Mashariki identifies feature films for Fox Searchlight to finance and…