Paula Paizes — COO & Head of Business Affairs

As COO, Paula oversees all aspects of the company, including production, finance, distribution, merchandising, and business affairs, reporting to C.E.O. Edward R. Pressman. A seasoned media and entertainment executive, she has deep relationships in Hollywood, Australia, and elsewhere around the world. Paula has extensive experience in media, entertainment, and technology. She started her career as a media, entertainment, and communications lawyer in Sydney with major international law firm Blake Dawson Waldron, (now Ashursts) and then joined Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company, The Really Useful Co., as In-House General Counsel. After settling in Los Angeles, Paula commenced a consulting business, advising many film and media companies eventually becoming a principal and managing director of Ignite Capital Partners. At Ignite, Paula provided overall strategic advice, operations, and business affairs consulting to film, TV, digital media, technology and software clients. Paula has also served as an Arbitrator for the bond company, Film Finances, in film-related disputes. Paula has produced and executive produced TV and Film, including feature films  “ Where Eskimos Live”  (Producer ) starring the late Bob Hoskins, “ Black Limousine” ( Executive Producer) starring David Arquette and Bijou Philips, and the late-night reality TV series “ Clubbin” ( Executive Producer) which ran for two seasons on the WB Network in the USA. Paula also served a producing deal with veteran Hollywood producer Mark Gordon where she developed projects with both The Mark Gordon Company and Stratus Film Company. Paula volunteers and provides leadership to several not-for-profit organizations by serving on their corporate boards. Paula co-founded LA-based non-profit Australians in Film and has served on its board for 13 years and in various management positions as President, Chairman and AIF Foundation Chair. Currently, Paula serves on AIF’s Board of Advisors. Paula is currently a visionary circle member of LA-based not-for-profit Visionary Women which mentors young women in the arts, technology, and entertainment and is a Board member of LA-based charity, Lost Faces of Humanity, a humanitarian Foundation empowering refugees, worldwide. Paula holds double degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The University of Sydney.

Kelly McKee — Vice President, Production

Kelly is the Vice President of Production and oversees Pressman Film’s production and project development, pushing the Company’s current slate forward, packaging talent, structuring finance, acquiring new intellectual properties and selling projects for distribution. He works closely with writers and directors in early stages of development to prepare projects for production and additionally, contributes to seeing projects through post-production stages. He also supports branding and merchandising initiatives. Kelly Co-Produced HBO Film’s PATERNO which was nominated for 2 Emmys. Before joining Pressman Film in 2014, Kelly worked for film producer Jordan Kerner at Kerner Entertainment,  followed by working in physical production in New York in both features and television from 2008 to 2012, and then relocated to Los Angeles to join ICM Partners where he worked in the Motion Picture Literary and Motion Picture Talent departments. Kelly received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, where he majored in Psychology, with a minor in Film Studies, and Political Science.

Sam Pressman — Vice President of Production

Sam contributes to the Company’s marketing and social media strategies and to the development of various projects on the Company’s Slate. He has worked on the sets of Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and Timothy Linh Bui’s Powder Blue. For the Pressman-produced Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans directed by Werner Herzog, Sam shot and edited The Making of The Bad Lieutenant included on the film’s DVD as well as directing and producing the behind the scenes materials of The Man Who Knew Infinity. Sam graduated with a degree in Film & Media Studies from Stanford University. While at Stanford Sam twice was the President of the Stanford Film Society and Director of the Advanced Filmmakers Workshop. His short film Experiment 93474 played at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Shorts Corner and his short documentary Tres Fronteras played at the 2012 Palo Alto Film Festival.  Sam recently completed his directorial debut titled Reconquest of the Useless, a cinematic pilgrimage to the Amazon Jungle and the films of Werner Herzog. The film made its world premiere at The Zurich Film Festival, and its US premiere at The Woodstock Film Festival. It went on to show at the Festival of New Latinamerican Cinema of Havana, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, Sun Valley Festival, and Docs MX (Mexico City) among others. Recently Sam produced The Jingoist, a political thriller set in the days after 9/11, which is in post-production.

Annie Pressman — Communications & Special Projects

Annie contributes to the Company’s publicity and marketing strategies and to the development of various projects on the Company’s slate. She co-edited the promotional book, Wall Street: The Collector’s Edition, which was printed by Newmarket Press in conjunction with the release of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Annie also manages the collection of 35mm prints of the 80 plus Pressman produced films to be archived in the “Pressman Collection” at the Academy Film Archive, a division of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences located at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood. Annie has appeared in front of the camera portraying such memorable and unique characters like the tough co-ed, Stella Roche, opposite Michael Caine in the Oliver Stone-directed and Pressman-produced The Hand; Nurse Hallaway in the Vietnam War film, Purple Hearts, opposite Cheryl Ladd and Ken Wahl; Spalding Gray’s wife who sings the Talking Head’s song, “Dream Operator” during a fashion show in David Byrne’s True Stories; and Jane Butterfield, the pushy real estate agent in the dirndl skirt, in Tim Burton’s Beetle Juice. Annie received her B.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Colorado and attended The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the National Theater Institute, a part of the Eugene O’Neill Center for Performing Art in Waterford, CT.

Jacob Wishnek — Executive Assistant

Jacob supports the Executive team and contributes to the creative and development process. Additionally, he helps manage digital content to promote company ventures, supports branding and merchandizing initiatives. Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jacob had his eye on the entertainment industry from an early age.  Jacob attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 2019 with a dual degree; a B.A. in Communication Studies with a Concentration in Media Production and a B.S. in Business Administration from the prestigious Kenan Flagler Business School. Jacob also completed a minor in Writing for the Screen and Stage. While at UNC, Jacob co-founded the university’s preeminent film organization, Carolina Film Association (CFA). While serving as both Vice President and President during his four-year tenure with CFA, Jacob facilitated the production of over 150 short films, organized 8 film festivals, and held over 50 workshops teaching young, aspiring filmmakers basic techniques. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Jacob started at Pressman as an intern and, through his hard work and unique creative perspective, earned a full-time position in the Pressman team. Prior to joining Pressman in 2019, Jacob interned with Phoenix Pictures for Mike Medavoy, Field Day Productions under Sally Field, and Susie Films under Scott Galloway.


With more than 80 diverse motion pictures and 30 plus years of experience to his credit, native New Yorker and film producer Edward R. Pressman has forged a career of international renown marked by originality and eclecticism. Throughout his maverick career, he has brought numerous emerging filmmakers together with projects that have put them firmly on the map. Pressman’s reputation as a daring filmmaker was cemented with the international recognition of the French Cinematheque, which presented a 1989 retrospective of his films and awarded him the esteemed Chevalier Des Arts et Letters medal. He’s also received tributes from The National Film Theatre in London, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Pacific Film Archives and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Cinematék. In 2003, Pressman was honored with the IFP Gotham Award for lifetime achievement. In May 2010, Pressman was among twelve notable filmmakers honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences at their “Magnificent Collections” event at which the Academy announced the archiving of Pressman’s films and papers. Most recently, he was the President of the Jury at the Tokyo Film Festival and was profiled as one of twenty notable producers in the book FilmCraft: Producing by Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart.

Pressman’s specialty is discovering new talent and bringing new experiences to motion picture audiences. He is known for fostering the careers of young and inspired filmmakers. Director Brian De Palma showed off his early mastery of suspense in the Pressman productions Sisters and Phantom of the Paradise, and Terrence Malick’s visual genius was first brought to the screen in Pressman’s Badlands. Pressman gave Jason Reitman his directorial debut with Thank You for Smoking, and Oliver Stone his major directorial debut withThe Hand then produced his Academy Award-winning Wall Street and Talk Radio. With Stone, Pressman produced Kathryn Bigelow’s early film, the thriller, Blue Steel starring Jamie Lee Curtis. He is responsible for giving Alex Proyas his directorial debut with The Crow, Sylvester Stallone his with Paradise Alley, and David Byrne’s his with True Stories. In John Milius’ Conan the Barbarian, Pressman gave Arnold Schwarzenegger his first starring role. Pressman showcased David Gordon Green’s talents in one of his early films, Undertow, as he did with Sam Raimi in his early film Crimewave written by the Coen brothers. He produced documentarian James Marsh’s first narrative feature The King starring Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt. Pressman’s international productions include: Wolfgang Petersen’s Das Boot; the Taviani brothers’ Good Morning, Babylon, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Despair, David Hare’s Paris by Night; Fred Schepisi’s Plentystarring Meryl Streep; Alex Cox’s Walker starring Ed Harris; Bo Widerberg’s Victoria; and Werner Herzog’sBad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans with Nicholas Cage.

Over the years, Pressman has produced director-driven, high-profile projects, including: Mary Harron’s American Psycho with Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Chloë Sevigny; Abel Ferrara’sBad Lieutenant with Harvey Keitel; James Toback’s Black and White and Two Girls and a Guy both starring Robert Downey Jr; Harold Becker’s City Hall starring Al Pacino, John Cusack and Danny Aiello; Danny DeVito’sHoffa starring Jack Nicholson; Charles Burnett’s To Sleep With Anger starring Danny Glover; Wayne Kramer’s acclaimed Vegas romance, The Cooler starring Alec Baldwin in his Oscar®-nominated role, William H. Macy and Maria Bello; David Mamet’s Homicide with Joe Mantegna and William H. Macy; Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons in his Oscar®-winning performance as ‘Claus von Bülow’, and Glenn Close as ‘Sunny von Bülow’; John Frankenheimer’s The Island of Dr. Moreau with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer; and Steven Shainberg’s Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus with Robert Downey Jr and Nicole Kidman as the photographer, Diane Arbus.

Recent Pressman productions include: the screen adaptation of The Moth Diaries on which Pressman re-teamed with director Mary Harron; the Oscar®-winning Wall Street sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, directed by Oliver Stone and starring Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, and Frank Langella; the Bad Lieutenant reinvention, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, directed by Werner Herzog and starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes and Val Kilmer, The Man Who Knew Infinity directed by Matthew Brown and starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, and HBO’s Paterno starring Al Pacino and directed by Barry Levinson.

Upcoming Pressman productions include: A reinvention of The Crow;  a reinvention of Bloodsport; The Monkey Wrench Gang based on the Edward Abbey novel and to be written and directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (Catfish); and a bio-pic based on Salvador Dali and his wife Gala to be directed by Mary Harron.

Pressman enjoys a unique collaboration in Sunflower Productions with long-time friend Terrence Malick. Previous Sunflower productions include; Amazing Grace directed by Michael Apted and starring Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Gambon, Benedict Cumberbatch and Albert Finney; Happy Times by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou; and The Beautiful Country directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Nick Nolte, Tim Roth, and Bai Ling.

Pressman attended New York’s Fieldston School and then went on to graduate with honors from Stanford University with a B.A. in Philosophy.  He pursued graduate studies at the London School of Economics.


Founded in 1969, Pressman Film has produced more than 80 world-class motion pictures and helped launch the careers of several of the most prominent figures in the movie industry. Located in both New York and Los Angeles, and led by veteran producer Edward R. Pressman, Pressman Film continues a long tradition of developing strong relationships with talented directors, writers, and actors early in their careers and sustaining these relationships as their careers progress.

Years of work has allowed Pressman Film to create lasting relationships based on Mr. Pressman’s productions of the early works of directors Oliver Stone, Terrence Malick, Sam Raimi, David Byrne, Kathryn Bigelow, Alex Proyas, Brian De Palma, David Mamet, Charles Burnett, and Alan Rickman, and actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jon Voight, Meryl Streep, Nick Nolte, Kevin Klein, John Goodman, Alec Baldwin, Sylvester Stallone, Christian Bale, and Reese Witherspoon. Because of Mr. Pressman’s enhanced vision of the industry, Pressman Film is uniquely positioned to play a significant role in the successful production of both independent and studio film markets as actors and directors increasingly move back and forth between these two dynamic environments.