Pam Abdy has left Paramount to join Scott Stuber Prods. as a development and production executive at the Universal Pictures-based shingle.
Abdy had long been considered one of Brad Grey’s shining stars at Par and spent the past five years rising up the executive ranks at the studio; she was even rumored as a candidate to fill John Lesher’s post at Par Vantage. Abdy was most recently exec VP.
During her stint at the studio, she oversaw pics including “World Trade Center,” “Babel,” “Freedom Writers” and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming “Shutter Island.”
But many in the biz didn’t expect Par to reup her contract after she was embroiled in an embarrassing incident late last year in which she was caught in a wiretap discussion of her intimate relationship with New Jersey mobster Joseph Perna.
Abdy was identified as the girlfriend of the married mobster who was nabbed on charges of running a multibillion-dollar gambling ring with ties to the Bloods gang. In documents, she was revealed as having spoken to Perna that summer before heading to a screening.
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Before Par, Abdy produced “Garden State” as prexy of production at Jersey Films, where she worked with Stuber while he was an exec at U.
“Pam’s talent, expertise and energy will be a perfect fit for our company,” Stuber said. “She will be a terrific addition to a stellar group of executives.”
Abdy joins Alexa Faigen, Jon Mone, Andy Davis and Rick Solomon at Stuber Prods. None have titles.
Given Stuber’s prior relationship at U as its former production topper, his shingle has become a major player at the studio. Banner will release the laffer “Role Models” in November and has “The Wolfman” set for April, “Traveling” and “Repossession Mambo” after that. It recently set up “Couples Retreat,” which will star Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau.