Inga Smith (nee Vainshtein) immigrated to the U.S. from her native Russia when she was 14 years old. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Computer Science before making her way to Hollywood. Smith was a VP of Production at Paramount and Simpson & Bruckheimer, overseeing the development and production of films such as the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Specialist, Sliver, The Brady Bunch Movie and The Crow. She has worked directly with top talent such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, Sean Penn and Sharon Stone. In 1993, Smith discovered singer/songwriter Jewel and guided her career. She is currently working on several film projects.
How Inga Smith discovered a small town talent with a big voice: