Lauren Selig is an entrepreneur and executive with a 20-year track record of global impact in the entertainment, real-estate and start-up communities. In 2013, Selig founded Shake and Bake Productions and V.A.L.I.S Studios to finance and produce high quality independent studio pictures, television and virtual reality.
Selig executive produced the Academy Award winning film Hacksaw Ridge directed by Mel Gibson, American Made starring Tom Cruise and is currently producing Inner City with Denzel Washington and Last Full Measure with Al Pacino, Sebastian Stan, and Chris Plummer. She executive produced the Universal Studios and Working Title adventure thriller Everest, directed by Bathasar Kormákur starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Jason Clarke and Robin Wright, Warner Brothers Black Mass, Sony’s Pride Prejudice and Zombies.
In 2013, Selig Executive Produced Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, and Emile Hirsch. Lone Survivor was the highest grossing movie during the month of January in 2014, won the Critics Choice Award, and was nominated for two Academy Awards. In 2012, Selig Co-Executive Produced Parkland, directed by Peter Landesman and featuring an ensemble cast which includes Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thorton, Jacki Weaver and Paul Giamatti. Parkland made its debut at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.
In 2013, Selig co-produced Begin Again, written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld. Begin Again was acquired by The Weinstein Company during an all-night bidding war resulting in the single most lucrative deal of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Selig’s other releases include the hammer horror film The Quiet Ones, which was quickly sold to Lionsgate for release in April 2014; The Liam Neeson-starrer A Walk Among the Tombstones, directed by Scott Frank, and the romantic comedy Two Night Stand starring Miles Teller, which was sold to Entertainment One. 2015 movies include James Franco’s I Am Michael, the documentary Finders Keepers and the upcoming James Franco, Seth Rogan and Will Ferrell movie Zeroville.
Selig’s other up and coming development projects include Frank Darabont directing the last Kurbick script The Downslope with producer Ridley Scott, Neal Stephenson’s best selling sci fi book The Diamond Age, Daniel Radcliffe’s Imperium, Christopher Yost and Wetaworks The Monkey King, the television series Cleansing with the creators of Call of Duty and Ratpac, Torn with academy award winner Michael Sugar and Ritz with Vikings producer Alan Gasmer.
In the virtual reality space Selig created the Facebook 360 studio bringing important content strategies to the emerging VR ecosystem, with a major focus on key areas such as audience development, talent partnerships, and community building. Surreal and Lauren also partnered on the VR content for the upcoming Tom Cruise movie American Made and she partnered with Endemol and TIME magazine to produce the first virtual reality summit of Mt. Everest. She produced Intels Smithsonian American Virtual Reality experience which launched at the 2017 CES keynote. She is on the advisory board of OTOY and 8i.
Selig is an owner of the China advisory firm Lila and formerly she was the president of business development and strategy at IndieFlix, one of the largest collections of independent films online. Selig served in the role of director of development at her private family office, managing the asset allocation and portfolio management of family investments in startups as well as organizing family philanthropy. In this role she was also responsible for the development and management of over 6 million square feet of office space and land, and investment into dozens of start-up companies.
Selig was the youngest employee at Microsoft’s Platforms Business Development group, handling analysis and acquisition of external companies. She practiced international licensing for music company PlayNetworks, wrote for Variety and was a story editor at Dreamworks for producer Mark Johnson.Selig holds a B.S. in international relations from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and London School of Economics, as well as a JD-MBA in technology management from Northwestern and University of Washington. Selig is a writer, a mom of two daughters, and is active in the Los Angeles and Seattle communities serving on the boards of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, The Seattle Theatre Group, the Sotheby’s Young Art committee, 8i, The Sun Valley Film Festival and organizing committee for the North Atlantic Council and Musicians On Call.