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SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Producer Paul Garnes poses at the Lincoln Motor Company tent during the 30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. The Lincoln Motor Company was onsite to celebrate the beauty and balance of independent filmmaking with filmmakers and the 2015 MKZ Hybrid. Lincoln underscores the idea that luxury car buyers need not compromise style and substance to be environmentally responsible. Lincoln will also make a donation to Project Involve, Film Independent's signature diversity program to cultivate the careers of filmmakers.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Lincoln Motor Company)

Paul Garnes

Selma Executive Producer

Paul Garnes has served as producer, line producer and/or production manager on films and television series for Disney, Dreamworks, HBO, ABC, NBC, BET, Sony/Screen Gems, Magnolia Films, and Paramount Pictures. A graduate of Chicago’s Columbia College, Garnes has worked as Vice President of Operations and Production for Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx’s Foxx/King Productions and…

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Paul Garnes has served as producer, line producer and/or production manager on films and television series for Disney, Dreamworks, HBO, ABC, NBC, BET, Sony/Screen Gems, Magnolia Films, and Paramount Pictures. A graduate of Chicago’s Columbia College, Garnes has worked as Vice President of Operations and Production for Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx’s Foxx/King Productions and Head of Production for Simmons-Lathan Media Group.

In 2006, Garnes was recruited by Tyler Perry and Reuben Cannon to join the Tyler Perry Company where he served as Vice President and Executive in Charge of Production until 2009, overseeing the creation of its multi-million-dollar studio and backlot. In addition to daily operations, Garnes supervised over 250 episodes of broadcast television while at the studio. In 2011, he produced filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s award-winning independent feature, Middle of Nowhere, which won Best Director honors at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavetes Award.

In 2014, Garnes was executive producer of the film Selma, a biopic directed by Ava DuVernay and distributed by Paramount Pictures, which chronicles a series of the three Selma marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. supporting the 1965 Civil Rights Voting Act. Selma was nominated for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture, and won a 2015 Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song.

In addition, Garnes continued his work as producer on the final season of BET’s hit series “The Game,” and the current season of Viacom/BET’s “Being Mary Jane.” Currently teaming back with DuVernay and Winfrey he is producing the OWN/Warner Horizon series “Queen Sugar” that will air in the fall of 2016.

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