PUMP EXEC DUET
Copyright 2002 www.variety.com
[ January 13th 2002 ]
move to solidify the senior management ranks of
the studio, Robert G. Friedman and John Goldwyn
have been given new titles within the Paramount
Pictures motion picture group and have reupped
under multiyear contracts with the studio.
who signed on for another four years, has been
elevated to the newly created position of chief
operating officer of Paramount Pictures. He retains
his title of vice chairman of the motion picture
group of Paramount Pictures. Goldwyn, who has
reupped for five years, has been promoted to vice
chairman of the motion picture group and also
will continue to serve in his current post as
Paramount Pictures motion picture group prexy.
in job title do not represent any significant
change in roles for the execs, nor a significant
expansion of their duties. Rather, the promotions
are acknowledgment by Jonathan Dolgen, chairman,
Viacom Entertainment Group, and by Paramount Pictures
motion picture group chairman Sherry Lansing of
Friedman's and Goldwyn's ongoing contributions
to the success of the studio's movie division.
"We all agreed I would not expand duties, but
that I would continue to focus my time and energy
on assembling the best possible release slate
for the studio," Goldwyn told Daily Variety. "It's
a very trying time in the industry right now.
This title acknowledges that Sherry and John want
me to be involved in all aspects of the creative
decision-making of the division."
will continue to be responsible for worldwide
theatrical marketing, distribution and acquisition
of feature films and worldwide marketing, as well
as overseeing Paramount's specialty division,
Paramount Classics. Goldwyn will continue to be
responsible for overseeing the acquisition of
literary properties, development, budgeting, casting
and production of motion pictures.
2002 feature slate includes the Tom Clancy adaptation
"The Sum of All Fears," Randall Wallace's Mel
Gibson starrer "We Were Soldiers," the Harrison
Ford starrer "K-19: The Widowmaker," the Benicio
del Toro starrer "The Hunted," from Lakeshore
Entertainment, and "The Hours," starring Nicole
Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep.
projects in development or production for 2003,
highlights include Richard Donner's Michael Crichton
adaptation "Timeline," being produced by the Donners
Co. and Artists Production Group, Meg Ryan starrer
"Against the Ropes"; sequel "Tomb Raider 2"; and
the Angelina Jolie starrer "Beyond Borders." Lansing
and Dolgen reupped in June 2000 for the next six
years. Value of Lansing's multiyear pact was placed
north of $25 million.
acknowledged the studio is changing its strategy
on the sale of territorial rights. "We are changing
the mix both in terms of the number of pictures
we would consider selling rights on and the number
of rights we sell off. We will be retaining more
rights in the future," he told Daily Variety.
joined Paramount in November 1990 as executive
VP, production, and was promoted to president,
motion picture group/production, in November 1991.
In latter post, Goldwyn was responsible for overseeing
development and production of Par's motion pictures.
In March 1997, he was promoted to president of
the Par motion picture group.
vice chairman of the motion picture group in September
'96, Friedman officially assumed his duties at
Paramount in January '97. While at the studio,
he has overseen the marketing and distribution
of such pics as "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Runaway
Bride," "Sleepy Hollow," "The Truman Show" and
"Titanic." Friedman joined Paramount from Warner
Bros., where he had been prez of worldwide advertising
and John are two of the most intelligent executives
in the business," Dolgen said. "Paramount enjoys
a level of consistency and stability few other
studios can match. I am happy that we can keep
this management team together."