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DAVID PICKER SIGNS PRODUCING DEAL WITH PARAMOUNT

 HOLLYWOOD, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- David V. Picker has entered into an exclusive three-year production agreement with Paramount Pictures and will return to the studio he once headed, it was announced by John Goldwyn, president of the Motion Picture Group/Production.
 "Paramount is proud to begin a new association with David V. Picker, whose remarkable success as an independent producer and studio executive spans more than three decades," Goldwyn said.
 Under the terms of the agreement, Picker will develop and produce motion pictures exclusively for Paramount. His company, Two Roads Productions, will be based in New York, while his associate Deborah Skelly will work from an office at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
 During his career, Picker has held the presidency of Paramount Pictures, United Artists and Columbia Pictures. He was also president of features films for Lorimar.
 As president of Paramount's motion picture division, he acquired and/or supervised the development and production of "Saturday Night Fever," "Grease," "Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke," "Days of Heaven," "Heaven Can Wait," and Best Picture Academy Award-winner "Ordinary People."
 While head of production for United Artists, Picker was responsible for bringing to the company such films as "Tom Jones," the James Bond series, "Bananas," "Sleeper" and other Woody Allen films, the Beatles' "A Hard Days Night" and "Help!," "Last Tango in Paris," and Best Picture Academy Award-winner "Midnight Cowboy." As an exclusive independent producer for United Artists, he was responsible for the multi-Academy Award-nominated film "Lenny" as well as "Smile" and "Juggernaut."
 As president of feature films for Lorimar, Picker developed and/or supervised such films as "S.O.B.," "Being There," "Escape to Victory," and, with Paramount, "An Officer and a Gentleman."
 At Columbia Pictures, as president and chief operating officer, he put into production such pictures as "Hope and Glory," "School Daze," "Vice Versa," "Punchline," and "True Believer."
 His credits as an independent producer include the Steve Martin films "The Jerk," "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," "The Man With Man Two Brains," and Paramount's "Leap of Faith"; and such other films as "The One and Only," "Bloodline," "Beat Street," "Stella," "Livin' Large," "Traces of Red," and the upcoming "The Saint of Fort Washington."
 Picker is a third generation motion picture executive. His father, Eugene Picker, was with Loews Theaters for 41 years, including nine as president. Picker's sister, Jean Firstenberg, is director of the American Film Institute. He is married to Nessa Hyams.
 Skelly was previously vice president of production at Summers/Quaid Productions since 1991. From January 1988 to October 1990, she headed the production department at the comedy management firm Morra Brezner Steinberg.
 Before that, Skelly was with Green/Epstein Productions from 1986-87, serving as vice president of development. She was director of development at The Jon Avnet Co. from 1985-86.
 Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Paramount Communications Inc. (NYSE: PCI).
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 /CONTACT: Cheryl Boone Isaacs of Paramount Pictures, 213-956-5504/
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