Par lifts Abdy to exec veep

Promotion ups exec to second-in-command slot

Paramount Pictures has upped Pamela Abdy to exec veep of production. Promotion makes her second-in-command under co-presidents of production Brad Weston and Alli Shearmur, to whom she reports.

Abdy came to Par as production VP in 2003, winning promotion to senior veep of production in January 2004.

Current promotion comes as the exec is readying a big slate of pics for the studio.

She has been overseeing Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Babel,” starring Brad Pitt; Richard LaGravenese’s “Freedom Writers,” starring Hilary Swank; Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center,” starring Nicolas Cage; Zach Braff’s “Open Hearts”; and Kimberly Peirce’s “Stop Loss.” Latter two pics are heading into production shortly.

Abdy began her career as an intern at Jersey Films in 1995. Jersey partner Danny DeVito then took her on as his assistant. During her eight-years-plus tenure, she held the posts of production veep, exec VP and prexy of production.

Abdy also has worked as an indie producer. In 2004 she teamed with Braff on his directorial debut, “Garden State.” Pic, released by Fox Searchlight and Miramax, won the Independent Spirit Award for first feature.

It was her relationship with Braff that brought his redo of “Open Hearts” to Par in a competitive bidding situation.

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