Paramount is integrating its Players division into a larger film studio group – The Hollywood Reporter
Realigning its divisions, Paramount Pictures effectively closed Paramount Players, merging the arm under Motion Picture Group co-heads Daria Cercek and Michael Ireland.
Jeremy Kramer is stepping down as president of Players.
“Partnering with our filmmakers across a range of genres and budgets is critical to the vibrancy of our studio and the long-term success of our business,” Paramount Pictures President and CEO Brian Robbins said in a statement. a statement. “By bringing Paramount Players together within the larger Motion Picture group, our goal is to leverage the power of one division to evolve the expertise and skills of an incredibly talented team of executives under the leadership of Daria and Mike .”
In the shakeup, Ashley Brucks was named senior executive vice president and chief development officer, Paramount Players, while Vanessa Joyce and Jonathan Gonda were promoted to executive vice presidents of development and production.
Players, however, have a very active roster that won’t stop anytime soon. Among the projects are Apartment 7Awith Julia Garner and produced by John Krasinski and Michael Bay; On the way upan adaptation of Angie Thomas’ bestselling follow-up book for The hate you give, with Sanaa Lathan making her directorial debut; and the sci-fi thriller My half with Maika Monroe and Jake Lacy.
These projects are developed in concert with Paramount itself, which focuses on franchise rates such as Transformers and Impossible mission; Sandra Bullock’s Next The Lost City; a sequel to the hit hybrid animated film sonic the hedgehog; and the epic adventure Dungeons & Dragonsamong others.
“This is the start of a new chapter for the Paramount Motion Picture Group,” Cercek and Ireland said in a statement. “Ashley, Jon and Vanessa are exceptional executives and their promotions are well deserved. At Players, Jeremy has assembled a strong team and this newly combined group will energize our efforts to create smart and fun commercial films across a wide range of budgets and genres.
Announcing the reshuffle, Robbins sent words of gratitude to his outgoing boss: “Over the past two years, Jeremy has played a vital role in establishing Players as a young and entrepreneurial production arm in across the industry and within our own company, and I want to thank him for all of his contributions and leadership.