Executive Board

Cathy Schulman

President

Cathy Schulman is a Best Picture Academy Award® winning producer and has been the President of Women In Film since 2011. Schulman was most recently the Head of Production for STX Entertainment. Films under Schulman’s purview included the Summer 2016 hit Bad Moms, written and directed by The Hangover’s Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Christina Applegate; and the critical darling The Edge of Seventeen starring Woody Harrelson and Hailee Steinfeld, for whom it garnered a Golden Globe nomination. Schulman produced the film with Jim Brooks, and it was written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, who is nominated for a 2017 DGA Award.Her upcoming releases include The Space Between Us, directed by Peter Chelsom and starring Gary Oldman and Asa Butterfield; and The Foreigner, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan. Under her own Bull’s Eye Entertainment banner, Schulman producedCrash, directed by Paul Haggis and starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard. In addition to Schulman receiving the film’s Best Picture Oscar in 2006, Crash received Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing. Among many of the notable films Schulman has produced are Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe; Voices,starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick; Bernie, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey; Mike Mills’ first film, the award-winning Thumbsucker; and The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. She also developed and arranged the financing for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, starring Leonard DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, and Cameron Diaz.

Schulman is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, a USC Stark Program producer’s mentor and has taught graduate level film producing at UCLA and the Dodge College of Film Media and Arts at Chapman University, where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. She has also served as a judge for the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards. She is a notable industry spokesperson and public speaker and most recently gave the 2016 media address for International Woman’s Day at the United Nations. Schulman is a graduate of Yale University, with a double major in Theater Studies and History of Art. She is the mother of one daughter and resides in Los Angeles, California.


Jane Fleming

Chief Financial Officer

Jane Fleming is a founding partner with Mark Ordesky in Court Five, a multi-platform media company focused on developing and converting diverse intellectual property and brands into bold filmed entertainment for distribution in all media worldwide. Over the last three years, she has been a prolific producer of films and television.

 

Ms. Fleming forged her career as a senior executive at New Line Cinema, ultimately holding the position of Senior Vice President, Business Development. From 2006-2010, Ms. Fleming served as President of Women In Film and continues to serve as its President Emeritus and co-CFO. She is also a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Television Academy.

 


Deborah Liebling

Executive Vice President

Deborah Liebling has been a significant comedy influencer in film and TV both as an executive and as a producer. She is currently producing several television shows for Comedy Central, TruTV, VH-1 and TBS and AUDIBLE. She is also developing several dramatic series with film director, Sam Raimi.

Most recently she was President of Red Hour Films, where, with her partner, Ben Stiller, she produced four new television series for Comedy Central and IFC: ANOTHER PERIOD, BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA, THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL and THE BIRTHDAY BOYS, in addition to projects at HBO, Fox, FX, USA and many others.

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Stephanie Allain

Vice President

Stephanie Allain is an accomplished film producer who has been an advocate for visionary filmmakers for more than twenty years.

Allain began her career at Columbia Pictures where she shepherded John Singleton’s, Boyz N The Hood. As Senior Vice President of Production she launched the careers of several writer/directors including Robert Rodriguez.

In 2003, Allain formed Homegrown Pictures and produced Hustle & Flow, Something New, Black Snake Moan, Peeples, Beyond the Lights, Dear White People, French Dirty and Burning Sands. She is executive producer of upcoming Netflix Original Series Dear White People and Crushed.

Ms. Allain is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, WGA, PGA and sits on the board of Women In Film.  She has taught producing at USC’s Peter Stark Program and UCLA’s Entertainment Studies Division. A former board member of Film Independent, she served as director of the LA Film Festival from 2012-2016.

 


Amy Baer

Secretary

Amy Baer is President of Gidden Media, an innovative development and production company that she founded in January 2012. Backed by a 7-figure Development Fund, GM currently has 25 self-financed projects in development, for film, television, and digital. Gidden Media’s first film is currently in post-production: A STORM IN THE STARS – an historical romantic drama about the relationship between Percy and Mary Shelley, written by newcomer Emma Jensen. Elle Fanning (TRUMBO), Bel Powley (DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL), and Douglas Booth star, and Haifaa Al-Mansour (WADJDA) directs.

Ms. Baer’s first film as a producer, the comedy LAST VEGAS, opened 11/1/2013, starring Oscar winners Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman & Kevin Kline. It grossed $136MM worldwide.

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Iris Grossman

President Emerita

Renowned talent agent Iris Grossman is currently with Echo Lake Entertainment, a management and production company, which has produced such films as TRUTH, NEBRASKA and AWAY FROM HER. Formerly a top agent with Paradigm, she continues working with several of her longtime Paradigm clients.

Beginning her career as an assistant at the talent agency ICM, Iris Grossman quickly climbed the ranks and was upped to talent agent. After several years with the agency, she was given the opportunity to become the Senior Vice President of Talent and Casting for Turner Network Television (TNT). In that capacity, Grossman oversaw all talent and casting issues related to TNT Original films and series. She spent nine years at TNT, and in October 2001, returned to ICM Partners as a talent agent. In 2013, Grossman joined Paradigm’s Talent Department.

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