Execs shuffle at studio pub units

Rosenfelt, Kirkpatrick, Russell ankle posts

What is inspiring the current round of musical chairs at studio praiseries?

Eden Rosenfelt today exits her post at Columbia to join Paramount Classics; Nancy Kirkpatrick is said to be leaving Warner Bros. to fill the Par slot of the soon-to-leave Blaise Noto; and sources said Ed Russell, 14-year vet of Sony Pictures Entertainment, is eyeing the exit door when his contract expires at the end of the year.

Though no official confirmation was possible Tuesday, sources said Russell is preparing to exit his post as Sony Pictures Entertainment executive VP of publicity, promotion and field operations of worldwide marketing during the last quarter of the year.

Meanwhile at Sony, today will be the last day for Rosenfelt, Columbia Pictures’ director of national publicity for worldwide marketing. She is leaving to join Paramount Classics as VP publicity, filling the job that has been held down on an interim basis by Nancy Willen since the departure of David Elzer late last year.

Sources said veteran Warner Bros. Pictures publicist Kirkpatrick plans to join Paramount Pictures to help fill the spot that will be vacated by exec veep of worldwide publicity Blaise Noto, whose last day at Par is June 2. While he’s taking the summer off in Hawaii, sources said he could land at another studio.

Russell duties

Russell, who received his exec veep stripes in 1995, joined Columbia Pictures in 1986 as VP publicity and was promoted to senior veep the next year.

When the Columbia and TriStar marketing departments were split in 1991, Russell went to TriStar Pictures, where he was responsible for the publicity and promotional campaigns for some of the studio’s biggest hits and most critically acclaimed motion pictures, including “The Last Emperor,” “Awakenings,” “Total Recall,” “Terminator II: Judgment Day,” “Basic Instinct,” “Philadelphia” and “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Before joining Columbia, Russell was veepee of publicity for Embassy Pictures and VP of marketing at the Samuel Goldwyn Co.

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