Paula Wagner – President / Producer, Chestnut Ridge Productions
Paula Wagner is a film and theatre producer who has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry. She was a co-founder of Cruise/Wagner Productions and produced more than 20 films including the Mission: Impossible trilogy, The Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, The Others and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, for which she was the executive producer.
Wagner’s Broadway producing credits include The Heiress, Grace, and Mothers and Sons. She was also a prominent agent at Creative Artists Agency and the CEO of United Artists (2006-2008). Additional producing credits include “Five” (Lifetime) and “The Governors Awards” ceremony for AMPAS, 2013. Wagner is a member of the Broadway League, AMPAS and serves on the boards of the Producers Guild, Film Forum, American Cinematheque, Executive Committee of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, National Film Preservation Foundation and is a Lifetime Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received her degree and is an adjunct faculty member. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her contributions to entertainment. Currently, Wagner is developing film, television and theatre through her production company, Chestnut Ridge Productions.