By Indiewire | Indiewire November 3, 2005 at 7:13AM
It won't be a surprise if/when Paramount announces Thursday that they have hired John Lesher to run the specialty division at the studio. Confirming what David Poland's Movie City News has been saying for some time now, Anne Thompson in the Hollywood Reporter, Chris Gardner in Variety, and David Halbfinger in the New York Times are all reporting that Lesher is in. While none cite sources on the record, it sounds like a done deal. Thompson's story in the Reporter is particuarly insightful, saying that the studio will change the name of the company when Lesher replaces David Dinerstein and Ruth Vitale. Sounds to us like a (very) lowercase "indie" and an uppercase "WOOD".