President, Chief Operating Officer, Director
After receiving a B.A. in Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, Paul Gertz went on to attend the University of Southern California, simultaneously earning his Law Degree and M.B.A. before starting his career as the Associate Director of Business Affairs at leading animation producer Ruby-Spears Productions. George Lucas then recruited Paul to Skywalker Ranch in Northern California to become the Director of Business Affairs for Lucasfilm Ltd. Paul was responsible for the business affairs of Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, THX and Lucas Licensing & Merchandising, and was also the production lawyer on the films Tucker, Willow, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Paul returned to Los Angeles as the Senior Vice-President of Production at famed animation house Hanna-Barbera, where he executive produced his first feature film, the $16 million Once Upon A Forest. He went on to produce three more award-winning feature films: The Pagemaster, a $35 million 20th Century Fox production, Cats Don’t Dance, the $45 million Warner Bros. release which was awarded an Annie for Best Picture of the Year, and 20th Century Fox’s $85 million animated science fiction fantasy Titan A.E.
As Executive Producer and Head Writer of Gene Roddenberry's live action television series Earth: Final Conflict, Paul wrote the majority of the 22 episodes in the first year. The Emmy nominated series finished the season as the #1 new show in first run syndication, and Paul led the $1.1 million per episode production for five full seasons. Paul’s writing credits also include Through the Moebius Strip, a CGI animated film based on the designs of the renowned artist Moebius (“Star Wars” and “Alien”), and he was commissioned to write an episode of David E. Kelley’s Emmy Award-winning legal series The Practice.
Paul was Executive Vice President at the internationally acclaimed Rainmaker Animation studios, where he executive produced several Direct to DVD feature films based on Mattel’s Barbie and Max Steel brands, as well as an animated version of Jerry Lewis’ The Nutty Professor.
Since joining forces with Network Entertainment to produce high-quality unscripted productions for international television and theatrical distribution, Paul has executive produced the Academy Award shortlisted theatrical documentary Facing Ali, and I Am Bruce Lee, which made its U.S. television premiere on Spike TV where it garnered the highest ratings for a documentary in the network’s history. Paul also executive produced I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Evel Knievel, I Am Chris Farley, Johnny Cash - American Rebel and The Cowboy.