The Valparaiso Team

David Carrico


David Carrico is the founder of Valparaiso Pictures, a development finance & production company that empowers filmmakers to take creative risks.

David has previously co-founded 3 companies: CMG LLC, a music and entertainment technology consulting firm; EvntLive Inc. a digital interactive concert platform that was acquired by Yahoo! in 2013; and PrimeMind, Inc, a digital media company.

Since the acquisition of EvntLive by Yahoo!, David has invested in and advised more than 20 startups across a variety of industries.

Adam Paulsen

Managing Partner, Producer

Adam Paulsen is the latest addition to Valparaiso Pictures. He most recently served as Vice President for 30WEST where he helped oversee their ‘Financier Advisory’ business. Prior to that, he spent nearly five years at CAA where he worked as an Agent in the ‘Media Finance’ department, representing many of the most successful independent financiers, and production companies. He was involved in the packaging, financing, and sales of countless films including I TONYA, INGRID GOES WEST, DEN OF THIEVES, PATTI CAKE$, DEMOLITION, FLOWER, WHITE GIRL, SLEIGHT, BUBBLES, COP CAR, among many others. Paulsen began his career working for independent producers Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa, New Line founder Bob Shaye, and director Larry Charles.

Bobby Hoppey

VP of Development

Bobby oversees the development slate at Valparaiso Pictures. Bobby previously spent two years as the primary feature development executive at Echo Lake Entertainment, an independent production company and financier, where he managed the film division's slate.

Prior to his executive roles, Bobby served as assistant to Echo Lake's CEO, Doug Mankoff, and President, Andy Spaulding, in addition to a tenure with the company's talent management actor division where he worked closely with clients including Dakota and Elle Fanning. Bobby holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Elon University.

Judith Estrin


Judy Estrin is an Internet pioneer and Silicon Valley leader. Estrin was one of the key people in the development of the internet, and worked with Vint Cerf on the initial TCP-Project at Stanford. Since 1981, she has co-founded eight technology companies and served as CTO of Cisco Systems. Previously, she served on the boards of directors of The Walt Disney Company (1998 - 2014), FedEx Corporation (1989 - 2010), Sun Microsystems (1995 - 2003), Rockwell Corporation (1994 - 1998), KQED (2015-2017), and The Medium Corporation.