Par taps Abdy VP of prod’n

Exec to identify, procure, develop properties

Paramount Pictures has hired Jersey Films production president Pamela Abdy as VP of production, effective July 7.

The studio said Abdy, who will report to production co-prexys Michelle Manning and Karen Rosenfelt, will work closely with the film community to identify, procure and develop properties.

“Pam has great energy, creativity and rapport with the creative community,” Rosenfelt said. “Michelle and I are pleased to have her join us at Paramount and all of us are looking forward to having her as part of our team.”

Abdy was tapped a year ago to serve as president of production at Jersey, which is set for dissolution at the end of this month. She was an associate producer of “Man on the Moon,” co-producer of “The Caveman’s Valentine” and exec producer of “How High.”

Abdy started as an intern at Jersey in 1995 after graduating from Emerson College. She moved up through the ranks from receptionist to assistant to Danny DeVito, becoming VP of production in 1998 and prexy in 2002.

Jersey co-chiefs Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher recently launched their own production single, Double Feature Films, and have inked a multiyear, first-look production pact with Universal (Daily Variety, June 11). DeVito is holding onto the Jersey moniker.

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