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Paramount sacks movie executives

HOLLYWOOD studio Paramount Pictures Group, which suffered the first big box-office bomb of the summer last weekend with an Eddie Murphy comedy, has fired its top production executive after barely 18 months in the job and its production president.

The Viacom Inc-owned studio said it would replace Paramount Film Group president John Lesher with former DreamWorks LLC production chief Adam Goodman. Also out is production president Brad Weston.

Paramount is struggling to regain its momentum after a lengthy reliance on co-productions led to a major shakeup four years ago.

It did not cite a reason for the latest personnel shift in its statement.

The studio has the top film of the year so far in North America with "Star Trek."

DreamWorks has also been a major supplier, but it quit Paramount last year, leaving Goodman behind at Paramount.

Paramount will likely top the worldwide box office next weekend with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," although the sequel is a legacy of its DreamWorks partnership.


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