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Lauren Selig is an American film producer, entrepreneur, writer and philanthropist. She is co-founder of Shake and Bake Productions, VALIS Virtual Reality, Curiosity Ink and Tangled Little Dragon.

Early life and education

Selig was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of developer Martin Selig. Her mother is Andrea (née Fain). Selig has an older brother and a younger sister.

During elementary school and high school Selig attended the private Lakeside School and Phillips Exeter Academy and went on to her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University where she earned a BS in International Relations. She studied for a year at the London School of Economics while working at Variety. Selig then went on to the University of Washington and Northwestern University where she earned a JD-MBA.


After writing for Variety magazine, Selig worked as story editor in 1997 at DreamWorks for producer Mark Johnson. In 2000 she practiced international licensing for music company Playnetworks.

From 2002, Selig worked at Microsoft in Platforms Business Development. She began working in the family business, and from 2003 to 2012 Selig was Director of Development at her family's company, Martin Selig Real Estate. She also managed the private family investments in startups and organized the family's philanthropic giving.

In 2005, Selig started Lala Laptop, a line of women's laptop bags; profits from the bag sales were donated to charity. In 2009 she wrote and created a selection of children's books and children's iPhone applications called Little Lala. At that time Selig was the president of Business Development and strategy at the online movie service company IndieFlix.

Selig co-founded Shake and Bake Productions. Her upcoming movies include the Elton John biopic Rocketman and the Sam Raimi thriller Crawl. Selig was executive producer of Hacksaw Ridge, Lone Survivor, Everest, American Made, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and I Am Michael, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. That year she was named as one of Variety magazine's "producers to watch".

In 2017, Hacksaw Ridge, executive-produced by Selig, received six Oscar nominations.

She is currently producing the last Stanley Kubrick script The Downslope, the sci-fi masterpiece The Diamond Age and the Amazon series Wheel of Time.

In addition to her work in film and television she advises companies on their investments into the United States and is a partner at the virtual reality company V.A.L.I.S. which won an Emmy for its work on Capturing Everest. VALIS produced the TIME recreation of Martin Luther King. She was an advisor to the IMAX fund and worked with several crypto currency companies through her fund Tangled Little Dragon.

Selig is an early investor in several companies including Covaxx, Bulletproof Coffee, Limeade, Deviation Games, and Hashgraph. She produces live entertainment through her partnership with Poets Road and is an advisor to Peter Jackson's company WETA.

Personal life

Selig lives in Los Angeles. Her husband Kyril Faenov, General Manager of the SQL Test Group at Microsoft Corporation, died in 2012.

Selig serves on the boards of X-Prize.

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