Lisa Cortés is an Academy Award®–nominated Producer whose producing credits include Precious, The Woodsman, Tennessee, Shadowboxer and Tennessee. Prior to her film career, Cortés worked with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin to launch the iconic Def Jam brand. She was Vice President of Artists and Repertoire at Mercury Records, where she signed and worked with many multi-platinum and Grammy® Award winning artists. She became the first African American woman to have her own label deal at a major record company when she founded and served as President of Loose Cannon Records, a subsidiary of Polygram Records. Cortés launched her own production company, Cortés Films, in 2010 and has several projects now in development including Kwaku Ananse for Focus Features Africa First program.