EXCLUSIVE: Lee Rosenthal, who joined Paramount Pictures in 1994 and went on to go bodily manufacturing for greater than a decade, has set his exit from the studio.
An individual accustomed to the state of affairs instructed Deadline that Rosenthal has simply notified his colleagues that he’ll depart this month, capping a 27-year run. (See his full electronic mail under.)
It is known that the transfer shouldn’t be a part of any larger-scale contraction at Paramount or guardian ViacomCBS. It is extra of an indication that Emma Watts, put in final summer time by studio chief Jim Gianopulos as president of the movement image group, is constant to place her stamp on issues.
In 2015, Rosenthal gained oversight of animation along with live-action attributable to a restructuring. During his tenure, he performed a key position in movies starting from Oscar-winning animated characteristic Rango to live-action dramas like The Big Short and Rocketman. He additionally labored on main franchises Star Trek, Transformers and Mission: Impossible in addition to the unbelievable micro-budget breakout, Paranormal Activity.
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Here is Rosenthal’s full electronic mail to his colleagues:
After a year of Covid quarantine and self-reflection, I’ve realized two monumental life classes.
First, we’re most resilient after we face our hardest challenges. Over the course of the final 12 months, we helped get the business again to work safely and efficiently mounted an incredible slate of initiatives regardless of monumental odds.
Second – and it’s an outdated adage however one price remembering – time is valuable.
With this in thoughts, I wished you to know that I’ve determined to maneuver on from Paramount later this month and begin my subsequent journey. I’m exhilarated about making a change and in search of out new alternatives to develop, however most significantly, I’m excited for the excellent work you’ll proceed to realize.
We have achieved a lot collectively and cast many artistic partnerships through the years. How nice to have shepherded the Academy Award profitable Rango, The Big Short and Rocketman; to have damaged new floor with our micro-budget paradigm for the Paranormal collection, and to have scaled new heights with our tentpoles starting from Star Trek to Transformers to Mission: Impossible.
I’m most grateful to the inspiring mentors, distinctive filmmakers and to you, the toughest working and most energetic bodily manufacturing staff there may be.
I might additionally prefer to thank Jim and Emma for his or her management and steering. These choices are by no means straightforward, and I admire their help.
For now, my husband Paul is insisting that I get pleasure from no less than a couple of weeks off earlier than launching my subsequent endeavor, and I’m going to take him up on his suggestion.
In closing, how about letting me awkwardly mash up a couple of of our personal favourite film phrases? On behalf of all the good stuff we have now made collectively and all that’s but to come back: Boldly Go, Roll Out and naturally Light the Fuse.