Veteran entertainment attorney F. Barry Haldeman has been named exec veep of business and legal affairs for Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group. In the new post, Haldeman will negotiate major talent deals for the studio and oversee dealmaking by execs in the studio’s business and legal affairs arms.

“We are very fortunate to have a person of Barry’s background and experience joining (us),” said William Bernstein, Paramount Pictures Corp. exec veep, to whom Haldeman will report.

Haldeman leaves legal powerhouse Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman and Machtinger after a 10-year run during which he repped a mix of creative types including Gale Anne Hurd, Gene Hackman, Debra Hill, Sally Field and John Carpenter, among others.

He also reps the charity the Earth Communications Office. “After 25 years representing talent, I felt it would be interesting to see the film business from another point of view,” Haldeman told Daily Variety. “I also think I can bring a unique perspective to the dealmaking process while understanding the needs of talent. And because Viacom is into the emerging technologies, it’ll also be an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of those kinds of deals.”

Haldeman, who starts the new gig on April 1, has been associated with a number of top-drawer law firms including Rosenfield, Meyer and Sussman, and Garey, Mason and Sloane.

He was also a partner with Joseph Peckerman in the boutique firm Haldeman and Peckerman, until the firm merged into Greenberg, Clusker shortly before Peckerman’s death in 1988.

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