Paramount Closing New York Distribution Office

In the wake of centralizing its theatrical marketing and distribution operations in Los Angeles, Paramount is closing its New York distribution officeParamount Logo

There are eight positions in the office; five are being eliminated, while three executives were offered to relocate to Los Angeles. One of the three staffers has accepted, while the other two positions will be filled in Los Angeles.

A Paramount insider said a New York distribution office–which handles booking and billing of films in the Northeast—is no longer a necessity, considering the evolution of the business.

In the past, all the major studios had distribution offices in various regions of the country, ensuring direct contact with theater owners. But as technology changed, many were closed, save for New York.

Last week, Paramount announced sweeping changes to its marketing and distribution structure that sees Megan Colligan, previously co-president of domestic marketing, promoted to president of domestic marketing and distribution.She reports to Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore on distribution matters.

The changes coincided with the announcement that Jim Tharp will retire as president of domestic distribution in June 2012, at which time Don Harris will assume the title and report to Colligan. Harris currently serves as executive vice president of sales and domestic distribution.

Don Harris, who had served as executive vice president of domestic sales and distribution, will become president of domestic distribution, reporting to Colligan.

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