The film team also includes Director of Development, Jess Biddle. Annapurna will absorb most of Valparaiso Pictures’ slate with Valparaiso’s founder tech-entrepreneur-turned-producer David Carrico attached to the projects in an EP capacity. Valparaiso Pictures was founded in 2017 by Carrico as a production and finance company.
Most recently, Paulsen served as Managing Partner of Valparaiso Pictures. Before joining, he was VP of Film at 30WEST, where he also oversaw their financier advisory business. Before 30WEST, he served as a CAA vet of five years as an agent in the Media Finance Group.
Parker worked as a film and television executive at Valparaiso Pictures. He was a Co-Producer on the Sundance 2021 award-winning feature On the Count of Three, directed by Jerrod Carmichael, which Annapurna picked up North American rights to for $2M, as Deadline first reported. The movie won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for its scribes Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch. Prior to joining Valparaiso Pictures, he spent 3-plus years at CAA working in both the Motion Picture Talent and Non-Fiction departments.
Annapurna was founded by Megan Ellison.