In the wake of this week’s restructuring of Paramount Pictures, position of communications VP Harry Anderson has been eliminated and Anderson’s contract, which expired Nov. 4, will not be renewed.
According to Paramount Communications senior veepee Jerry Sherman, the move was prompted by the studio’s realignment, which split the film and TV divisions into separate entities, thus eliminating the need for an overall corporate PR executive.
On Wednesday, Par named producer Sherry Lansing to the newly created post of chairman of the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures, while eliminating the slot of Paramount Pictures chairman–the position Brandon Tartikoff resigned last week. Lansing and Kerry McCluggage, president of Par’s television group, will both report to Stanley R. Jaffe, president of Paramount Communications.
Sherman also said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Par’s senior veep of worldwide publicity, will oversee the studio’s pic pub chores, while John Wentworth, VP of advertising, promo and publicity for network television, will oversee the TV area.
The studio will continue to utilize outside PR agencies for TV syndication and other projects. Corporate PR inquiries will now godirectly to Sherman and his New York-based staff.
Par manager of communications Jim Arnold, exec secretary Karen Kearns and associate Zelda Wong, all of whom previously reported to Anderson, will now report to Isaacs.
Reached at his office yesterday, Anderson said, “It’s been a tumultuous two years here at Paramount for me.” He was hired in 1990 by Par chairman Frank Mancuso Sr., who left under fire in 1991.
Anderson said he was not leaving with any bitterness toward the studio. “I am grateful for the opportunity I had,” he insisted. “I salute the Paramount organization. They’re first rate.”