Pittleman Par Home Vid VP

Former Live Entertainment exec Ellen Pittleman has been named VP of worldwide acquisitions for Paramount Home Video.

In her new post, Pittleman will be involved in all aspects of acquisitions for the video division, including identifying new properties, franchises, libraries and labels available for acquisition. The homevid division may also expand its business into direct-to-video sell-through projects based on existing Paramount franchises.

In addition to domestic rights, Pittleman also will look to pick up rights in overseas territories to go out through CIC, Paramount’s international video distribution joint venture with Universal and MGM.

Pittleman will report to Eric Doctorow, Par president of worldwide video, and work closely with John Ferraro, senior VP worldwide acquisitions and co-productions.

“Ellen’s many years of experience in development and acquisitions makes her the perfect candidate to help us grow our acquisition effort on a worldwide basis,” Doctorow said in a statement.

A 17-year industry veteran, Pittleman most recently spent three years as VP of production and acquisitions at Live. She acquired Live’s first theatrical release, the mockumentary “And God Spoke,” as well as Steve Buscemi’s “Trees Lounge” and the broad comedy “Phat Beach.”

Before moving into acquisitions, Pittleman founded La Femme Pictures, a production and management company whose clients included Alyssa Milano, Scott Wolf and Vernon Wells.

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