An award winning producer, and one of Hollywood's most powerful players, Paula Wagner is perhaps best known for her long association with Tom Cruise, having formed Cruise/Wagner Productions with the star in 1993. The company produced many of Cruise's films of the '90s and 2000s, including the 'Mission: Impossible' series, 'Minority Report' and 'War of the Worlds'.

Ms. Wagner began her career as an agent at Creative Artists Agency in LA, where, in addition to Cruise, she represented actors and directors such as Oliver Stone, Demi Moore and Val Kilmer. In 2006 she partnered with Cruise to revive the fortunes of United Artists, leaving two years later to form her own production company, Chestnut Ridge Productions.

In October, Wagner ventured to the Doha Tribeca Film Festival to participate in a panel discussion about the changing face of film distribution. Keen to delve further into the subject, Cinematical caught up with Wagner over the phone earlier this month to learn more.