Paula Wagner is a film and theatre producer who has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry, and began her career as a talent agent at CAA.
Through the production company Cruise/Wagner that she launched with her former CAA client Tom Cruise, Wagner produced many critically acclaimed and financially successful films including Mission: Impossible 1, 2, 3, Without Limits, Shattered Glass, Narc, The Others, Vanilla Sky and The Last Samurai. She has made films all over the world and her production company C/W, was based at Paramount for 12 years.
After 2 years as co-owner and CEO of United Artists Entertainment, LLC from 2006 to 2008, Wagner established her own production company Chestnut Ridge Productions. Most recently she produced the film Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson.
Wagner’s Broadway producing credits include The Heiress starring Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens, Grace starring Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon, and Terrence McNally’s Tony nominated play Mothers and Sons. She is currently developing Pretty Woman: The Musical for Broadway 2018.
Wagner is a member of the AMPAS and served on the boards of the PGA and Film Forum, and is a Carnegie Mellon alumna and trustee.