Update: The Paramount Pictures International chief is considering a relocation from London under a strategic shift that also sees the former president of worldwide home entertainment Dennis Maguire head the freshly minted Home Media Distribution, operation encompassing global home entertainment, digital licensing and television licensing.
Paramount top brass have offered to move Cripps as the studio centralises its global theatrical management in Los Angeles. Marketing and sales function performed in-country will remain unchanged.
Meanwhile, as president of worldwide home media distribution, the Los Angeles-based Maguire will report to Paramount vice-chairman Rob Moore.
Paramount Digital Entertainment will be folded into other divisions of the studio and the division’s former president Tom Lesinski is departing. Evp of interactive entertainment Amy Powell will add the creation of content for digital and online games to her current responsibilities. LeeAnne Stables, evp of worldwide marketing partnerships, will assume responsibility for licensing of traditional video games.
Both executives will continue to report to Megan Colligan, whose role expands to president of domestic marketing and distribution.
In other personnel developments, Josh Greenstein is named chief marketing officer. Colligan reports to Greenstein for marketing issues and both executives report to Moore.
President of domestic theatrical distribution Jim Tharp will retire in June 2012 and will assist Moore in the transition to the new team. Evp of sales Don Harris is promoted to president of domestic theatrical distribution and will assume Tharp’s day-to-day responsibilities, reporting to Colligan.
Hal Richardson will assume the role of president of home media distribution, reporting to Maguire.