Next Gen 2013: Hollywood's New Class
Paiva was the Fox 2000 executive who worked most closely with Ang Lee on his box-office behemoth Life of Pi, which earned $609 million worldwide.
The San Diego native spent four years on the project, helping Lee morph the best-selling novel into his 3D vision (the film also nabbed four Oscars, including a best director statuette for Lee). Earlier this year, she transitioned to another best-seller with the Geoffrey Rush-Emily Watson starrer The Book Thief, expected to be an awards-season contender this year.
Paiva got her start at Fox 2000 as an intern in 2005 in the summer between her junior and senior years at UC Santa Barbara (the label's head, Elizabeth Gabler, also is an alum). As a way of giving back, she now runs the internship program at Fox 2000.
MOST MEANINGFUL THING IN MY OFFICE: A Life of Pi poster signed by Lee that says, "Thank you for your help on this journey."
IF I'M NOT WORKING: You'll probably find me at a local rec center coaching a girls youth basketball team with my sister, who also lives in L.A.
BOOK ON MY NIGHTSTAND: I'm currently rereading Jane Eyre for some inspiration. Aline Brosh McKenna just pitched us a modern telling of that book called Rochester.
PROJECT I'D POACH: Amelia Bedelia. Playtone had rights to it for a little bit, but I believe they've lapsed. I think that it would be a genius vehicle for a really funny female comedian and could be a huge family movie.