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PAULA WAGNER (Producer) teamed with Tom Cruise in 1992 to form Cruise/Wagner Productions, based at Paramount Pictures. Their first feature film under the C/W banner was "Mission: Impossible," which opened in theaters on Memorial Day weekend 1996 and
became a worldwide box-office sensation.
Wagner most recently produced, with Cruise, a Warner Bros. feature film entitled "Without Limits," which was written and directed by Academy
Award winner Robert Towne. The film, which stars Donald Sutherland, Billy Crudup and Monica Potter, tells the story of Steve Prefontaine, the legendary runner and Olympic athlete from the University of Oregon. In addition, C/W Productions is readying numerous other feature projects for production.
Besides her busy career as a producer, Wagner actively supports the educational process for theater, film and television. She is on the Board of Trustees for Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied drama. Wagner also serves on the boards of the Geffen Playhouse and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She has lectured for such symposiums as the American Film Institute, the Motion Picture and Television 'Fund Foundation, and was keynote speaker for the 199B Toronto Film Festival. Together with partner Tom Cruise, Wagner received the 1997 Producers Guild Nova Award for the most outstanding achievement by a new or emerging producer in theatrical motion pictures.
Prior to forming C/W Productions, Wagner spent almost 15 years as an agent. For 12 of those years she was one of the film industry's top talent agents, guiding the careers of such clients as Oliver Stone, Demi Moore, Robert Towne, Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise at Creative Artists Agency.
Wagner's career in entertainment began at Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a BFA. Upon graduating, she went to New York and acted on and off Broadway and in regional theater, including several Yale Repertory productions. She is also a published playwright, having co-authored "Out of Our Father's House," adapted from Eve
Merriams' "Growing Up Female in America: Ten Lives." Wagner currently resides in Los Angeles.
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