Paula Bryant-Ellis is a Los Angeles-based film director and producer. She is the CEO of Mary Esther Ruth, Inc., aka MER Productions.

Through MER Productions, Paula is focused on creating positive content that uplifts women and specifically women of color, who are underrepresented in roles that encourage and empower.  Her new series Behind Her Faith, highlights the journey of four women at the top of their game (actresses Essence Atkins, Niecy Nash and Aisha Hinds and Angelica Nwandu, Founder & CEO of The Shade Room) and the power of their faith. The series can be streamed on Apple TV, Amazon, Roku and ALLBLK (an AMC Network).

Prior to returning to the entertainment industry in 2015, where she started her career as an accountant in television, Paula held multiple leadership roles in banking and finance including Chief Operations Officer responsible for the strategic and operational direction for a $20 billion division with over 600 employees across an eight state regional footprint.

She’s studied filmmaking and producing at the New York Film Academy in New York and Los Angeles. She’s a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, in Cambridge, MA; she holds MBA from University of Phoenix and a BA in Accounting from Concordia University in Austin, Texas.

Her and her husband Wendell have been married 40 years, they have one son and one grandchild, and they reside in the Los Angeles, CA.