Sherry Lansing, the new chairman of the motion picture group of Paramount Pictures, brings to the new post vast experience as a producer and a studio executive.
Before joining the studio’s executive ranks, Lansing headed her own production company, Lansing Prods., which is currently in post-production on “Indecent Proposal” (starring Robert Redford, Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson) for release in April.
When Lansing partnered with Stanley Jaffe in Jaffe/Lansing Prods. in 1983, the duo turned out six films for Paramount, including “Fatal Attraction,””Black Rain” and “The Accused,” which earned Jodie Foster a Best Actress Oscar.
In 1980, Lansing was named president of production at 20th Century Fox, the first woman to hold that post in the film industry. Films produced during her stewardship include “Chariots of Fire,””Without a Trace,””Taps,””King of Comedy” and “The Verdict.”
Lansing also served as a senior VP of Columbia Pictures, where she was supervising executive on “The China Syndrome” and “Kramer vs. Kramer.”