×

Wyck Godfrey Tapped for Top Executive Role at Paramount Pictures (EXCLUSIVE)

UPDATED: Wyck Godfrey, the powerhouse producer behind “Twilight” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” is taking over as president of Paramount’s motion picture group. He will begin his new position in January 2018.

The studio confirmed the news on Saturday. Godfrey’s hire comes after Marc Evans announced that he is stepping down as the motion picture group chief at the end of the year. Godfrey has a long-standing relationship with Jim Gianopulos, Paramount’s newly appointed studio chairman, to whom he will report. When Gianopulos ran Fox’s film division Godfrey produced several hits for the studio, including “The Maze Runner,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” and “The Longest Ride.” He his known for having a keen sense of what will appeal to tween audiences, an important demographic for a business struggling to appeal to younger consumers.

“I worked with Wyck for many years and have been in awe of his incredible success as a producer,” Gianopulos said in a statement. “He is a proven filmmaker with rare instincts for developing great material, producing commercial projects, and maintaining excellent talent relationships. By combining his experience and expertise with our talented production team, we feel we have the perfect mix for an exciting and rewarding future at Paramount Pictures.”

Godfrey is a partner in the production company Temple Hill Entertainment with Marty Bowen. His other credits include “I, Robot,” “Daddy Day Care,” and the television series “Mr. Mercedes.”

Godfrey faces a challenging landscape at Paramount. The studio has been languishing behind its competitors and has suffered a string of flops and financial disappointments that include “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Baywatch,” and “The Ghost in the Shell.” Its upcoming releases include Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” and George Clooney’s “Suburbicon.”

In his new role, Godfrey will be responsible for the studio’s film operations from development to release. He will manage the creative development Group, as well as overseeing casting, physical production, post-production, and music.

“I have loved every minute of the 20 years I’ve been blessed to produce movies, in particular the time spent building Temple Hill with my best friend and partner Marty,” said Godfrey in a statement. “The opportunity to work with Jim and his entire team at Paramount, though, is one that I can’t believe has come my way. It is with great anticipation that I look forward to building a slate for years to come that can stand proudly beside the sterling Paramount Pictures which helped inspire me to make movies in the first place.”

Evans will segue into a production role at the studio.

Godfrey began his career as a creative executive at New Line Cinema, working on “The Mask,” “Dumb and Dumber,” and the Nightmare on Elm Street series. He later joined Horizon Pictures as senior vice president of production, overseeing their slate of projects for 20th-Century Fox. He next joined John Davis Entertainment as executive vice president, before forming Temple Hill in 2006.

More Film

  • Ryan Reynolds Stunt

    Film News Roundup: Ryan Reynolds' Michael Bay Film '6 Underground' Wraps Production

    In today’s film news roundup, shooting has wrapped on Ryan Reynolds’ “6 Underground,” BAFTA LA names new board members, and the WGA East honors longtime exec Randall Jasta.  PRODUCTION Michael Bay’s Ryan Reynolds-starrer “6 Underground” has wrapped production. Related Oscar Winner 'Undefeated' Movie in the Works by 'Maze Runner' Producers 'Rosewood's' Temple Hill Signs Overall with [...]

  • Bruce Springsteen on Broadway

    Film Review: 'Springsteen on Broadway'

    Hope you like the 69-year-old version of Bruce Springsteen’s face, because it’s virtually all you’re going to see for the two hours and 40 minutes of the filmed “Springsteen on Broadway” — other than the bare brick wall of the theater casting a dim glow in the background beyond those gray sideburns, and two songs’ [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    'A Star Is Born,' 'Vice' Lead 2018 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Nominees

    The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) announced their nominees for the 8th annual AACTA International Awards on Tuesday. “A Star Is Born” and “Vice” lead the pack, with five and four nominations respectively. The two leading films compete with “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Roma” for best film, while Nicole Kidman becomes the [...]

  • China's Government Orders Talent Home to

    After Golden Horse Awards Embarrassment, China Orders Talent Home for Huabiao Ceremony

    China’s government quietly ordered top Chinese talent back to the mainland from abroad this past weekend to attend a Beijing ceremony for its highest film industry honors, the loosely bi-annual Huabiao Awards. The move came just weeks after it directed mainland film executives and talent to snub after-parties and return home as quickly as possible [...]

  • Fotosintesis Readies Mexico-U.S. Immigration Animated Feature

    Fotosintesis Readies Immigration Animated Feature ‘Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    BUENOS AIRES — Mexico City-based Fotosintesis Media, a joint initiative of Mexico’s Mantarraya Group and writer-director Miguel Angel Uriegas, is moving into pre-production this January on “Beast,” the third Mexican animated feature from the cause-driven entertainment label. News of the move comes as Uriegas presents at Ventana Sur’s Animation! forum 15 minutes of work in [...]

  • Scott Derrickson

    'Doctor Strange' Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel

    “Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson has signed up for Disney-Marvel’s sequel. The studio, which had no comment, is about to start searching for a writer. Derrickson co-wrote the 2016 original with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts. Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to reprise his role as Stephen Strange, along with co-stars Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams. [...]

  • Roma

    'Roma' Keeps Adding Theaters in Mexico

    “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal coming-of-age drama, is also a love letter to Mexico City. The sprawling metropolis — its cobblestoned streets, fading movie palaces, and lush parks — is practically a central character in the story of a family grappling with love and loss. Perhaps that’s the reason that “Roma” has been passionately embraced [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content