NEW YORK — John Goldwyn has been upped to the newly created position of president of Paramount Motion Pictures, as anticipated (Daily Variety, March 2). The move paves the way for exec VP of production Michelle Manning to step in to the president of production post that Goldwyn previously held, although that issue is unresolved.
“I feel very honored that Sherry and the rest of the company decided to promote me,” said Goldwyn, who added that the team at Paramount has worked very well together over the years.
The promotion strengthens Goldwyn — his position had been uncertain for months and his contract was up at the end of 1997 — with upper management, including his immediate superior, chairman of the Motion Picture Group Sherry Lansing; Viacom Entertainment Group chairman Jonathan Dolgen; and vice chairman of the Motion Picture Group Robert Friedman. Goldwyn will now help those three develop long-term strategy.
“We have developed a true partnership as well as a wonderful friendship,” Lansing said. “I love working with John, and I know that we’ll have much more success together in the future.”
Lansing and Goldwyn have worked together for 4-1/2 years, during which time the studio has produced and distributed the Academy Award-winning pictures “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart,” as well as such box office hits as “Mission: Impossible,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “The Firm,” “Indecent Proposal” and several films in the “Star Trek” franchise.
The executive on much of the studio’s successful action fare has been exec VP Don Granger. It’s still unclear how Granger will fit into the new structure.
Manning oversees many of the top producers on the lot, such as Scott Rudin and Sydney Pollack, and is very highly regarded. Negotiations will now begin between Manning and the studio about her future.
Goldwyn has been with Paramount longer than Lansing. He joined the studio as president of production in 1991, working under studio chairman Brandon Tartikoff and president Stanley Jaffe. He also weathered the change in ownership to Viacom and has been with the company as they aggressively seek co-financing strategies, a new moviemaking philosophy at Paramount.
Prior to Paramount, Goldwyn was with MGM/UA for 5-1/2 years, where he worked on “Moonstruck” and “A Fish Called Wanda.”
Goldwyn comes from an illustrious Hollywood family. His grandfather was legendary independent producer Sam Goldwyn, and his father, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., has run the film company that carries the family name. John Goldwyn’s brother, Tony, and his wife, Colleen Camp, are both actors.