Berman Named Paramount Pictures Prez

Gail Berman, who last week unexpectedly quit her job as entertainment president at the Fox Broadcasting Co., has been appointed president of Paramount Pictures. Reporting to chairman and CEO Brad Grey, Berman will be responsible for development, budgeting, casting and production of films at Paramount Pictures, which released such animated productions as the Rugrats features, The Wild Thornberrys Movie and The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.

Berman replaces outgoing president Donald De Line, who is leaving after just 14 months at the post. The producer of such recent hits as Without a Paddle and The Italian Job, De Line is expected to continue producing films for the studio.

Grey’s first appointment since assuming the leadership of the studio in January, Berman will take the Paramount post after overseeing the transition at Fox, where she has headed up program development, scheduling, marketing and business affairs for the past five years.

Prior to joining Fox, Berman served as founding president of Regency Television where she developed the hit series Malcolm In The Middle. She also served as exec producer on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer series and its spin-off, Angel.

In 2003, Berman was first named to Fortune Magazine‘s list of “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business." That same year, Women in Film feted her with the coveted Lucy award, recognizing women who have revolutionized the television industry.

Among the films currently in production at Paramount is a live-action adaptation of Peter Chung’s anime series, Aeon Flux, which aired on MTV. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (Monster) will play the title role in the sci-fi actioner.