Senior Vice President, Visual Effects, Paramount Pictures

Stephanie Allen was named Senior Vice President of Visual Effects for Paramount Pictures in April 2012, having previously served as Vice President of the department since 2009. She is responsible for managing and delivering all aspects of visual effects for all titles under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage and Insurge Pictures banners. She previously served as Vice President of the department since 2009.

As Vice President, Allen worked on the “TRANSFORMERS” franchise, overseeing the visual effects on the series’ third installment, “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON,” which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Additionally, she handled the visual effects on “SUPER 8” from director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg; and Jason Reitman’s Academy Award-nominated “UP IN THE AIR.”

Allen is currently at work on the visual effects-heavy films “G.I. JOE: RETALIATION;” Darren Aronofsky’s “NOAH,” starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly; and “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” which reteams director J.J. Abrams with the cast from the 2009 “STAR TREK” film. Also upcoming for Allen is “FLIGHT,” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington; and “JACK REACHER,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise.

Prior to Paramount, Allen was a Visual Effects Producer on “MEET DAVE,” starring Eddie Murphy for Twentieth Century Fox; director Catherine Hardwicke’s “THE NATIVITY STORY” for New Line Cinema; and “THE VISITING” for Warner Bros. Studios.

Before that, she worked at Warner Bros. Feature Animation, serving as a Visual Effects Producer on such titles as “FAT ALBERT” and “SCOOBY DOO TOO,” and as a Visual Effects Production Manager on “LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION.”

A native of Canada, Allen graduated with honors from Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto.

Speaker years: 
2012