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Myerson ankles 20th for family business

Details of exec's new venture to be announced soon

Ending a quarter century at 20th Century Fox, Rick Myerson has confirmed he will be leaving his position as exec VP and general sales manager at the studio.

In a statement released by the studio late Wednesday afternoon, Fox said Myerson was leaving in order to pursue “other opportunities” that included “joining family members in a new entertainment venture.”

Details of his new venture are expected to be announced in the coming days; however, Myerson has plenty of family members in the entertainment industry to choose from for the new undertaking.

Cousin David Myerson, formerly president of Penthouse, now runs full-service media firm Active Intermedia with film and TV clients. His son Bob Myerson is executive VP for distrib Tartan Films USA, which recently released “Mysterious Skin” and South Korean actioner “Old Boy.”

According to the Fox statement, Myerson had requested that his contract not be renewed and that he be granted early release.

Myerson reports to distrib prexy Bruce Snyder, who granted his request after Myerson consulted with him earlier this year.

(Gabriel Snyder contributed to this report.)

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