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Par ups Gardner to sr. veep

Newly tapped exec to identify, develop feature projects

Dede Gardner has been promoted to senior veep of production for Paramount Pictures motion picture group.

Gardner will continue to report to prexy of production Michelle Manning and work closely with the film and publishing communities to identify, find and develop feature film projects.

“Since working here, Dede has developed a remarkable rapport with our filmmakers,” Manning said. “She’s smart and innovative and brings a passion to her work that perfectly complements our excellent production team. I look forward to her many continued contributions to Paramount Pictures.”

Paramount Motion Pictures president John Goldwyn added: “Dede has a wonderful eye for talent and scripts, and she knows how to work with a diverse range of filmmakers to develop and nurture new projects. We’re very lucky to have such a talented executive working at Paramount.”

Gardner joined Paramount in 1996 as director of creative affairs and was promoted to VP in 1997. At Paramount, Gardner has worked on such projects as “In & Out,” “A Simple Plan,” “The Wood” and “Election.”

She is also working on the upcoming Chris Rock starrer “Down to Earth,” directed by Chris and Paul Weitz, based on the film “Heaven Can Wait”; Jake Kasdan’s MTV Films comedy “Orange County,” being produced by Scott Rudin, written by Mike White and starring Colin Hanks; and “Abandon,” a drama that Lynda Obst is producing from Steve Gaghan’s screenplay.

Before joining Paramount, Gardner worked with Joni Evans in the William Morris Agency’s lit department in Gotham. Prior to WMA, she worked for Scott Landis at Innovative Artists in New York.

She started her entertainment career as a location scout in New York working on such films as “The Age of Innocence,” “Romeo Is Bleeding,” “Boomerang,” “Angie,” “Three of Hearts” and “Mac.”

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