PARIS - A Paris native and hollywood producer is set to speak to the Paris High School graduating class tonight at Wildcat Stadium.
1990 PHS graduate Judd Payne has been producer or executive producer for over a dozen films, and has worked with such stars as Justin Timberlake, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, Kim Kardashian, Denise Richards, and Tracy Morgan.
Today's he's the Head of Production for Wind Dancer Films, the company behind hit TV programs Rosanne and Home Improvement, and films like What Women Want. He's currently working in post-production for a movie starring Claire Danes called As Cool As I Am, and working to move an upcoming comedy, What Men Want, through Paramount Pictures. He's also recently sold a TV series to Showtime from the creator of Dexter.
Payne graduated from the University of Colorado's business school in Boulder in only 3.5 years with a double major in marketing and international business.
He's been a guest lecturer on the business of film at UCLA, Arizona State University, and the University of Colorado.
His keynote address will be an integral part of tonight's 8pm graduation ceremonies.
The event will be moved to Wildcat Gymnasium in the event of inclement weather.