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Michelle Manning Promoted to President, Production of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelle Manning has been promoted to president, production, of Paramount pictures' Motion Picture Group, it was announced by John Goldwyn, president, Paramount Motion Pictures. Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc.

As president of production, Ms. Manning will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the development and production of Paramount's motion pictures. In addition, she will supervise the Motion Picture Group's creative production executives. Ms. Manning reports to Mr. Goldwyn.

"Michelle is one of the most talented executives I have ever met," Mr. Goldwyn said. "She thoroughly understands the needs of the creative community and has impeccable taste and vision. The range of films that she has brought to this company is remarkable and has been instrumental in establishing Paramount as a place where a wide diversity of talent can feel at home. We have every confidence in Michelle's ability to lead Paramount's production team to even greater successes."

Ms. Manning joined Paramount in 1991 as senior vice president of production, bringing with her extensive experience as a producer, director and studio executive, and was promoted to executive vice president, production in 1993.

She has overseen such Paramount films as "Forrest Gump," which won the 1994 Academy Award(R) for best picture, "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America," "Mother," "Primal Fear," "Sabrina," "The Indian in the Cupboard," "Clueless," "Nobody's Fool," "Searching for Bobby Fischer," "The Firm," "Addams Family Values" and the upcoming releases "In & Out," "The Truman Show," "Fairytale - A True Story" and a new Robert Benton film starring Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman.

Before joining Paramount, Ms. Manning was vice president of production at Orion Pictures, where she served as production executive on "The Addams Family," the comedy hit released by Paramount. She began her career with Zoetrope Studios, where she was production supervisor of "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish," both directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

As an executive of Ned Tanen's Channel Productions, she produced "The Breakfast Club" and was associate producer of "Sixteen Candies," both directed by John Hughes.

Ms. Manning made her feature film directing debut with "Blue City" for producers Walter Hill and William Hayward. She also directed musical sequences for Paramount's 1990 release "Another 48 HRS." In television, she directed episodes of "Miami Vice" and Paramount's series "Friday the 13th."

SOURCE Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group
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/CONTACT: Blaise Noto, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Publicity for Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group, 213-956-5824/

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