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Emerson Alums Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Writing, directing, producing, acting – Emersonians do it all – and several alumni were recognized for their talents in the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Braden Bochner ’18 was selected for the Hollywood & Entertainment category. He was the executive producer for the soon-to-be-released film, I Wish You All The Best. Bochner began his career working for Hello Sunshine Productions on shows including Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere.

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Hunter Harris ’16

Hunter Harris ’16 was selected for the Media category. Her Substack twice-a-week newsletter, Hung Up, has more than 75,000 subscribers. In it, Harris writes about pop culture, including famous people in film and TV. She’s also written for Gossip Girl – and even acted in the show – as herself.

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert pretend to drop their awards
Daniel Kwan ’10, left, and Daniel Scheinert ’09 joke around at the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards. (Photo from

Forbes also highlighted Oscar Award-winning alum Daniel Kwan ’10, 2018 30 Under 30 recipient, as an All-Star Alumni of the list from 2018.

Kwan won three Academy Awards in 2023 with his writing/directing partner Daniel Scheinert ’09, all for Everything Everywhere All at Once. Those awards included Best Original Screenplay, Best Motion Picture of the Year, and Best Achievement in Directing.

Kwan and Scheinert began their career co-directing music videos, including Lil Jon and DJ Snake’s “Turn Down for What,” which has more than one billion views on YouTube, and also stars Sunita Mani ’08, who played a queen in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Emersonians are no stranger to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Sarah Spiers ’17 made the list in 2022. Three Emersonians were named to the 2021 list: Hao Zheng ’15Lydia Liebman ’14, and Maddy Wojdak ’13, landed on the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Hollywood & Entertainment, Music, and Games categories, respectively.

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