Paramount chief Brad Grey has named longtime publicist Janet Hill exec VP of corporate communications.
Hill, who’s been senior VP of West Coast corporate communications for MTV Networks, will oversee internal and external business and media communications and public relations in the newly created position.
“As we continue to reinvent the studio and work to improve the culture, Janet will play a key role for us,” Grey said in a statement. “She brings tremendous communications experience from MTV Networks and her many years in the film industry, along with a track record of successes and strong leadership skills, to this new role.”
Grey noted Hill has worked with the Par team on MTV Films projects including “Jackass: The Movie,” “The Longest Yard,” “Coach Carter” and “Better Luck Tomorrow” and Nick Movies releases such as “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.”
“Having the opportunity to work with Brad and (studio president) Gail Berman at this great time in Paramount’s history, I feel like I must be the envy of Hollywood publicists,” Hill told Daily Variety.
Hill also will work closely with Nancy Kirkpatrick, exec VP of worldwide publicity, who continues to handle the day-to-day feature PR operations for the studio and reports to marketing chief Gerry Rich.
In her MTV post, Hill managed all of MTV Networks’ internal and external communications, including business, trade and consumer publicity on the West Coast.
She was previously exec VP of publicity for Miramax, where she worked for eight years on films including “Pulp Fiction,” “Il Postino,” “The English Patient,” “Scream,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Chocolat” and “In the Bedroom.”
Hill was a partner in Yorke & Hill Public Relations before joining Miramax in 1994. She began her career at TriStar in New York and went on to work as a publicist in TriStar’s Los Angeles offices before joining PMK Public Relations.