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Beth Babyak

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Beth-babyakBeth Babyak has been teaching development and producing classes at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for the past eight years.

She started her career in Hollywood working in production for low-budget semi-cult films such as Tremors 2 (1996). She soon realized she wanted to have a hand in choosing which films made it to the big screen and started her development career at Ron Howard and Brain Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment. During her eight-year tenure at Imagine, Babyak was promoted to director of development and gained development and producing experience on Imagine projects including the blockbuster comedies Liar Liar (1997) starring Jim Carrey, and The Nutty Professor films starring Eddie Murphy. She also worked on dramas including Ransom (1996), starring Mel Gibson, and the Academy Award-winning A Beautiful Mind (2001), starring Russell Crowe.

As a development executive, Babyak helped acquire new projects for the company in the form of books, manuscripts and spec scripts and also developed original Imagine projects. One of those original projects became director Curtis Hanson's hit film 8 Mile (2002), starring Eminem. Babyak also helped acquire the pitch and developed the screenplay for Flightplan (2005), which starred Jodie Foster. Other projects included the Coen Brothers' Intolerable Cruelty (2003), which starred George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and John Lee Hancock's The Alamo (2004), which starred Dennis Quaid.

Babyak later became vice president of development at Morgan Creek Productions, where she headed up the development department. She supervised projects including Two For the Money (2005), starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey and director Robert DeNiro's The Good Shepherd (2006), starring Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. Since leaving Morgan Creek, Babyak has been developing her own projects as an independent producer. She also consults for a strategic communications firm who advises nonprofits and foundations.

Babyak grew up in New England and graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., with a bachelor of arts degree in theater.