Executive Board

Cathy Schulman

President

Cathy Schulman, a Best Picture Academy Award® winning producer and veteran film executive, is the president and CEO of Welle Entertainment, a film and television production and finance company that opened its doors earlier this year. Welle Entertainment is co-ventured with Primary Wave Entertainment. Schulman was most recently the Head of Production for STX Entertainment. Having joined the company as one of its initial senior executives, Schulman managed an annual twelve picture slate.  Recent films under Schulman’s purview include the Summer 2016 hit Bad Moms, written and directed by The Hangover’s Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate; and  the critical darling The Edge of Seventeen, written and directed by Kelly Freemon Craig, who is nominated for a 2017 DGA Award, and starring Woody Harrelson and Hailee Steinfeld, for whom it garnered a Golden Globe nomination.  Her upcoming releases include The Space Between Us (February 3), 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 produced Crash, 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, Voices, Bernie, Soul Surfer, Thumbsucker,  and The Illusionist. She also developed and arranged the financing for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.

 

Schulman has been the President of Women In Film, the industry’s leading advocacy organization for women in media, since 2011. 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, VH-1, TBS, TV LAND, and SUPER-DELUXE. She recently partnered with renowned film director Sam Raimi in a new TV company with Skydance Media.

Deborah was President of Red Hour Films, where, with her partner, Ben Stiller has produced four new television series – ANOTHER PERIOD (3 seasons) and the critically-acclaimed, BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – which join THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL (3 seasons) on Comedy Central and THE BIRTHDAY BOYS on IFC (2 seasons) which she produced with Bob Odenkirk.

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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 has over 25 years experience in the Entertainment Industry that uniquely spans talent agencies, major studios, independent distribution companies, and producing. The films she has supervised and/or produced have collectively grossed nearly $2 billion in worldwide box office. Her first film as a producer was the 2013 hit LAST VEGAS (starring Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline) which grossed $136MM worldwide. In January 2012, Ms. Baer raised a 7­figure development fund and launched Gidden Media, the only female­led content incubation company of it’s kind. GM currently has 25 film & television projects in development and pre­production, and its first movie, MARY SHELLEY, starring Elle Fanning (20th CENTURY WOMEN) and directed by Haifaa Al­Mansour (WADJDA), will be released in 2017. Before starting her own company, Ms. Baer served as President & CEO of CBS Films (2007­2011), launching the division for CBS Corp and putting together its inaugural 2010 slate. Ms. Baer spent the 17 previous years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she oversaw such hit films as 1997’s MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING; 1998’s THE MASK OF ZORRO; Oscar­nominated ADAPTATION (2001); S.W.A.T. (2002); SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (2003); and the 2006 holiday hit THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, which earned Will Smith an Oscar nomination. She also developed the 2011 Sony hit and Oscar nominated MONEYBALL, starring Brad Pitt. She began her career at Creative Artists Agency in 1988 as an assistant to the late Jay Moloney. Ms. Baer graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1988 with a B.A. in English literature. She is married to producer Matt Baer (UNBROKEN), and has two sons. In addition to Women in FIlm, she proudly serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Producer’s Guild of America, and the Screen Actors Guild.


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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