Division shifts from local acquisitions to pics with more worldwide appeal

Paramount Pictures is restructuring its worldwide acquisitions group to focus on titles with more worldwide appeal, a move that has spurred the exit of Matthew Brodlie and six others.

The cuts include three in the U.S. and four internationally, but there are no plans to shutter Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions Group, a source familiar with the situation told Variety. Paramount had no comment about the changes at the 3-year-old unit.

Brodlie, who’s led PWAG in Los Angeles since it was created in July 2008, is leaving. London-based exec Alexandra Rossi has notified associates that she’s ankling as well.

PWAG was created as a centralized acquisitions and local production arm to feed pics into the pipelines of Paramount Pictures Intl. and Paramount Vantage at that point. Sony, Fox and Universal had taken similar steps to expand the scope of their international production and acquisition operations in recent years.

Brodlie had been Vantage’s senior VP of production and acquisitions following stints at Miramax and New Line. During his tenure, significant PWAG titles included Sundance grand jury prize winner “Like Crazy,” Brit drama “Made in Dagenham,” Spanish drama “Cell 211,” Australian actioner “Tomorrow When the War Began” and a Japanese remake of “Ghost.”Warner Bros. decided earlier this year close down its international film acquisitions business unit.

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