Paramount shuts down N.Y. lit office

Closure coincides with the end of fiscal quarter

Paramount Pictures is shutting its Gotham literary office.

Insiders said film group prexy Adam Goodman broke the news to the lit staffers in New York office this morning. The office was established nearly 20 years ago to help the studio scout for promising book properties and other potential source materials.

Aimee Shieh, veep of lit affairs, took the helm of the office last year when longtime Par lit scout Patricia Burke retired. Also let go as part of the closing of the office are Mac Hawkins, director of development, and Megan McIlroy, an assistant to Shieh.

A number of studios have New York outposts but Par’s was considered to be the most successful. During Burke’s tenure, the studio got the early jump on such hot literary properties as “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” and “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

The timing of the closure coincides with the end of the studio’s fiscal quarter.