Karen Lauder is an Emmy Award winning producer and Partner and Co-Founder of Priority Pictures, a production company dedicated to developing, producing and financing films and television shows. In addition, she is the Co-Founder of Abandon Entertainment and AE Capital Partners, LLC. As chairman of Abandon’s film production company, Abandon Pictures, she has served as Producer or Executive Producer on well over a dozen films, including: RIDE directed by and starring Helen Hunt. MAX PAYNE starring Mark Wahlberg. THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT starring Ezra Miller and Billy Crudup. Along with her partners, Greg Little and Lizzie Friedman, Priority has produced films including: THE LAND, BEL CANTO, MOMENTUM GENERATION and is currently in pre-production on THE BELL JAR for Showtime.
Lauder is a founding partner in City State Entertainment, a game studio that pushes the boundaries of MMORPG gaming and creates unique intellectual properties including board games and graphic novels. In addition, as a managing partner of AE Capital, Lauder worked with her partner Marcus Ticotin to guide the expansion of Abandon Entertainment through investments in Collision Entertainment and Mythic Entertainment, one of the largest developers and publishers of multi-player online games.
Prior to her partnership in Abandon Entertainment, Lauder worked as an investment banker with Metropolitan Asset Group, a division of Insignia Financial Corporation. Lauder has served on several prestigious boards, including: The Sundance Institute, The New York Restoration Project, The American Museum of Natural History, and New Yorker for Parks.