PRODUCING (FEATURE) MENTOR CIRCLE

CIRCLE GOALS

This circle is for aspiring creative producers and will focus on how to develop yourself personally and professionally to take on that role. 

Circle leaders will share their own path with successes, challenges and learnings along the way.

Circle members will focus on the gap between where they are and where they want to be. They will create a plan with personal and professional next steps to get there.

MEETING TIMES

TBD

CIRCLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

  • Mentee must be an active WIA member based in Los Angeles
  • Production manager and above with aspirations to be a producer
  • Willingness to discuss strengths and development needs openly

CIRCLE LEADERS

Alex Schwartz

Alex Schwartz has been a studio executive and producer for major entertainment companies for over 20 years. Her movies have crossed all genres with a particular focus on high concept family films in live action, hybrid and CGI animation.

Beginning in 2017, Alex has been producing the animated feature The Addams Family  for MGM. Prior to this Alex worked for DreamWorks Animation Studios where she served as head of development for 5 years. In that capacity she oversaw the creative staff and was deeply involved in a slate including How To Train your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 3, Shrek 4 , Puss In Boots, The Croods and Home. She also produced the feature film “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” .

Prior to DreamWorks Animation, Alex was Walden Media’s Executive Vice President in charge of Creative. In that role, Schwartz produced and supervised many films, including Holes, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Charlotte’s Web.

Her career includes time at Walt Disney Studios’ Touchstone Pictures as Senior Vice President and  Bel Air Entertainment as Head of Production.

Alex Schwartz is a New York native. She has a B.A. from Boston University and an M.A. from NYU. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 2 teenaged daughters, 2 dogs and one enormous cat.

Ramsey Naito

Ramsey Naito is the Executive Vice President at Paramount Animation, currently overseeing production on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 3. Prior to Paramount, Naito produced the Academy Award-nominated feature, The Boss Baby for DreamWorks Animation, for which she also earned a PGA nomination for Outstanding Producer of an Animated Theatrical Motion Picture. Ramsey has also worked for Blue Sky Studios (Producer), Cartoon Network (Head of Movies), and Nickelodeon (VP Production).

Her vast list of executive and producer credits includes Barnyard (2006), The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999), as well as a number of Original & Franchise TV movies that were back door pilots to series at Cartoon Network.

Originally from Baltimore, Naito received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She is affiliated with Women in Animation, the Producers Guild of America, CAPE, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.