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NY Times: Making Moves at Paramount

NY Times: Making Moves at Paramount

Brad Grey may have an image problem, but he says it is not something that has him terribly worried. In March, Mr. Grey, the former talent manager who is now chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures, was criticized for the way he handled the ouster of a well-liked senior executive. In the fall, some producers complained he was not developing movies quickly enough to fill Paramount’s 2006 slate. Mr. Grey believes he has a plan for reviving Paramount, which in 2004 ranked seventh in domestic box-office receipts. And the plan is similar to the one he had as a talent manager aggressively guiding the careers of A-list actors like Brad Pitt or developing television shows like “The Sopranos“: he will buy good scripts, bet heavily on talented executives and filmmakers and, he hopes, watch the money follow. Laura M. Holson reports.

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