Paramount unveils new structure

Studio promotes John Lesher, Rob Moore

Confirming what had been one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood, Paramount Pictures unveiled Friday a new structure that ups John Lesher to president of Paramount Film Group.

Also earning a promotion is Rob Moore, who had been president of worldwide marketing, distribution and home entertainment. He now will serve as vice chairman of Paramount.

Meanwhile, prexy of production Brad Weston, who has day-to-day responsibility for shepherding production and development for Paramount titles, is expanding his purview by adding MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies to his sphere. Weston, who previously reported to Paramount chairman-CEO Brad Grey, will report to Lesher.

Meanwhile, Vantage co-president Nick Meyer, a Lionsgate alum, will take the reins from Lesher as the president of Par Vantage.

Scott Aversano, who had been president of MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies, will segue to a production deal, likely at Paramount, paving the way for Weston’s expanded responsibilities.

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“I think that after close to three years spent rebuilding the studio, we have a first-class senior executive team in place, a rather formidable group to take the studio forward,” Grey said, citing Moore, Lesher, Weston and chief operating officer Frederick Huntsberry.

Lesher, who had been president of Paramount Vantage for the past two years since segueing from Endeavor, takes the No. 2 creative position at the studio.

Lesher and Moore, who continue to report to Grey, also will share responsibilities for theatrical business affairs for the four labels.

Although it’s unclear what additional responsibilities Moore will take on under the restructuring, Grey insists Moore’s upgrade isn’t merely symbolic.

“He’s earned the title from the very beginning, from his navigating the acquisition of DreamWorks to rebuilding our home entertainment business,” Grey said. “I continue to rely on him and his expertise.”