Reid Davis

Over the last 30 years, Ms. Schwartz has become one of the film industry's most respected and accomplished film producers and creative forces in the film, theater and media space. Her unique creative vision and strong abilities to develop and execute complex entertainment and education projects are highly regarded throughout the film community. She is also one of the first women to be admitted into the Directors Guild of America. Since 2001, Schwartz has been affiliated with Songmasters' filmed and (non-concert) televised components.

Schwartz has developed and produced award-winning hit movies for many of the industry's top stars, directors, and writers. She began her film career in the early 1970's with renowned independent filmmaker, Roger Corman's New World Pictures. Her work with New World culminated in the critically acclaimed Capone and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. Just a few of her many feature film credits include the Golden Globe Nominated/People's Choice Award Winner Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg; the Golden Globe Nominated Nuts starring Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfuss; Crackers starring Sean Penn and directed by Louis Malle; Joe vs. the Volcano starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and Beaches starring Bette Midler, to name a few.

Schwartz was also a pioneer producer at the dawn of computer-generated animation combined with live action for which she won four CLIO Awards along with numerous New York and Chicago Advertising Club Awards.

Schwartz launched her own music video company at the inception of MTV/VH1 in the early 1980's. As its President, she built one of the most highly regarded and sought-after music video production houses of its time, developing and producing many music videos that went to #1 in the country and which earned MTV and New York Film Festival Awards. Schwartz also formed a partnership with Goldie Hawn to create and lead Cherry Alley Productions and built a unique company specializing in high end, entertaining feature films and event television films. Their diverse slate of projects has included Hope, directed by Goldie Hawn for TNT and seen by 28,000,000 people, The Out-of-Towners for Paramount Pictures starring Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin, and many other distinguished projects that they developed for film and television.

Most recently, Schwartz has become the Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) where she has launched an exciting new vision and long-range strategic plan that re-imagines entertainment and performing arts education as an interdisciplinary enterprise grounded in humanistic storytelling, global diversity and innovation. Schwartz has applied the integrated marketing strategy used by Songmasters to the entire entertainment and performing arts educational enterprise itself, by tearing down the silos across disciplines and bringing film, theater, television, digital media and animation into a collaborative new direction for the 21st Century.