Judd Payne has produced or executive produced over a dozen films including: summer 2012’s hit comedy BERNIE, directed by Richard Linklater, starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine; AS COOL AS I AM, starring Claire Danes and James Marsden which is in post production; PASSENGERS (Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson); SOUTHLAND TALES (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Justin Timberlake); WALKER PAYNE (Jason Patric, Sam Shepard); THE SISTERS (Maria Bello, Elizabeth Banks, Chris O'Donnell); and the Sundance hits SEPTEMBER TAPES and FRESHMAN ORIENTATION (a.k.a. HOME OF PHOBIA).
Before becoming a producer, Payne worked at The Steve Tisch Company where he was vice president in charge of development. Payne worked on the company's films THE POSTMAN, AMERICAN HISTORY X and British hits SNATCH and LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS.
He started his entertainment career as an agent trainee at the William Morris Agency, working for clients such as Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey. Payne received a double major in marketing and international business from the University of Colorado's business school in Boulder, Colorado, and he grew up in the arguably infamous Paris, Texas.
Payne’s philanthropic work includes raising money for his favorite charity TEAM HOLE IN THE WALL, sending seriously ill children and their families to summer camps around the U.S. He has been a guest lecturer on the business of film at UCLA, Arizona State University and the University of Colorado.