Paul Garnes

Producer, Middle of Nowhere
Nominated for: John Cassavetes Award

Paul Garnes has served as producer, line producer and/or production manager on films and television shows for studios such as Disney, ABC, Dreamworks, HBO, Screen Gems, NBC, BET and Magnolia Films.

Garnes holds a film degree from Chicago’s Columbia College and spent 12 years in Los Angeles, starting as a production coordinator and eventually earning his first executive position in 2004 as Head of Production for Simmons-Lathan Media Group. Later, under the guidance of Marcus and Jaime Rucker King along with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Garnes was asked to oversee operations and production of their newly formed film and television company, as Vice President of Operations and Production of Foxx/King Productions.

By 2006, Garnes was recruited by Tyler Perry and Reuben Cannon to join the Tyler Perry Company. Making the move from Los Angeles to Atlanta, he served as Vice President and Executive in Charge of Production of the studio until 2009, overseeing the build of the multi-million dollar studio and backlot. In addition to daily operations duties, Garnes supervised over 250 episodes of broadcast television while at the studio. Most recently Paul was instrumental in ABC Studios choosing Atlanta earlier this year for their one hour pilot “Partners.” Currently he is producer for BET’s “The Game,” season 5, shooting in Atlanta.