Paula Wagner

Paula Wagner

Highest Rated: 92% Shattered Glass (2003)

Lowest Rated: 18% Suspect Zero (2004)

Birthday: Dec 12, 1946

Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Formerly one of Hollywood's most successful talent agents, Paula Wagner went on to become one-half of a powerhouse producing duo, alongside her most famous client, Tom Cruise. Initially trained as an actress, Wagner transitioned to agent at Creative Artists Agency in the late 1970s. During her pioneering tenure at CAA as one of the industry's few female agents, she nurtured the careers of such talents as Robert Towne, Demi Moore, Val Kilmer, Oliver Stone, and most notably, Cruise. In 1993, she joined Cruise in forming the Paramount Pictures-based, Cruise/Wagner Productions, which went on to score such hits as "Mission: Impossible" (1996), "The Others" (2001) and "War of the Worlds" (2005), to name but a few. Together, she and Cruise garnered critical accolades, several awards, and literally billions of dollars in box office receipts. Following a rough patch, marked by several theatrical disappointments and Cruise's disintegrating pubic image, the pair became co-owners of United Artists after being let go by Paramount in 2006. The endeavor was short-lived, however, when unequivocal failures like "Valkyrie" (2008), soon led to Wagner's departure from UA and the forming of her own company, Chestnut Ridge, as a solo producer. Preferring not to see herself as a woman in a man's Hollywood world, Wagner nonetheless employed traditionally feminine traits such as communicativeness and empathy to inarguable effect as one of the most formidable producers in the industry.




81% 84% Marshall Producer $10.0M 2017
38% 42% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Executive Producer $58.7M 2016
63% 67% Jack Reacher Producer $54.6M 2012
No Score Yet 75% Five Executive Producer - 2011
42% 60% Death Race Producer $36.1M 2008
22% 43% The Eye Producer $31.4M 2008
35% 41% Ask the Dust Producer $742.6K 2006
71% 69% Mission: Impossible III Producer $133.4M 2006
28% 66% Elizabethtown Producer $26.8M 2005
75% 42% War of the Worlds Executive Producer $234.3M 2005
18% 38% Suspect Zero Producer $8.7M 2004
66% 83% The Last Samurai Producer $111.1M 2003
92% 79% Shattered Glass Executive Producer $2.2M 2003
83% 79% Narc Executive Producer $10.5M 2002
42% 72% Vanilla Sky Producer $100.6M 2001
84% 77% The Others Executive Producer $96.5M 2001
57% 42% Mission: Impossible 2 Producer $215.4M 2000
79% 91% Without Limits Producer $777.4K 1998
66% 71% Mission: Impossible Producer $180.9M 1996