Cruise/Wagner Productions
FoundedSeptember 1993; 28 years ago (1993-09)
FounderTom Cruise
Paula Wagner
DefunctAugust 2008; 13 years ago (2008-08)
HeadquartersUnited States
Key people
Tom Cruise
OwnerTom Cruise
Paula Wagner

Cruise/Wagner Productions, also abbreviated C/W Productions, was an American independent film production company founded by actor Tom Cruise and former casting agent Paula Wagner.

Cruise/Wagner was formed to give Cruise more control over the projects that he acts in and retain more of the profits. The company has grossed more than $2.9 billion in box office proceeds since it was founded in September 1993.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Cruise/Wagner previously had an exclusive deal with Paramount Pictures, but in August 2006 Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom (parent company of Paramount Pictures) terminated that relationship citing Cruise's comments in the media about psychiatry, anti-depressants and Brooke Shields' handling of postpartum depression, and his taking up Scientology.[2][3][4][5][6][7] However, the termination may have been more about money than anything else.[6][8][9] Within a week, Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins and two hedge funds, secured financial backing to buy the company.[4][7][10][11]

In November 2006, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer came to Cruise/Wagner with a deal that gave them a percentage of the ownership in United Artists in an effort to revive the floundering production company.[1][6] This deal fell apart when Wagner left the studio in August 2008.[12][13][14][15]



  1. ^ a b "MGM Partners With Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner to Form New United Artists". Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. PR Newswire. 2 November 2006. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b Paramount: Cruise is risky business - CNN-Money Magazine with Reuters (c/o - 23 August 2006
  3. ^ a b Atkins, Jill. "Sumner Redstone Rebuke of Tom Cruise: Now What? Archived 2007-11-18 at the Wayback Machine - National Ledger - 24 August 2006
  4. ^ a b c Lieberman, David and Laura Petrecca. "Cruise seeks financial backing from hedge funds" - USA Today - 24 August 2006
  5. ^ a b Epstein, Edward Jay. The Financial Times: Paramount vs. Cruise: all down the killer cut - Financial Times - 24 August 2006
  6. ^ a b c d Clark, John. "The business of Cruise control" - New York Daily News - 23 August 2007
  7. ^ a b Gardner, Chris. "It's a war of the words" - Variety - August 22, 2006
  8. ^ Kimball, Trevor. "Paramount Gives Tom Cruise the Boot" Archived 2008-01-10 at the Wayback Machine - - 23 August 2006
  9. ^ Sperling, Nicole. "Biz eyeing economics of Cruise-Par breakup: DVD slowdown forcing restraint" - The Hollywood Reporter - 24 August 2006
  10. ^ Olson, Parmy. "Redskins' Snyder Gambles On Tom Cruise" - Forbes magazine - 29 August 2006
  11. ^ Fischer, Martha. "Cruise, Wagner Fight Back" - Cinematical - 23 August 2006
  12. ^ Finke, Nikki. "Tom Cruise's Movie Studio Imploding: Paula Wagner Is DOA At United Artists; But Was It Suicide or Murder By MGM? - Deadline Hollywood - 13 August 2008
  13. ^ Flemming, Michael. "Paula Wagner leaves UA - Variety (magazine) - 13 August 2008
  14. ^ Tom Cruise Splits From Long Time Partner (Sydney Morning Herald newspaper)
  15. ^ Cruise loses studio partner (The Guardian newspaper)