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Rob Moore Takes Over As Daily News Managing Editor

On Tuesday FishbowlNY reported that Kirsten Danis was vacating her post as managing editor at the New York Daily News and today we learned that Rob Moore will be replacing her.  Moore has served his time at the Daily News, working in various roles including staff writer, assignment editor, and — most recently — deputy managing editor.

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‘The Soloist’ Pulled From Oscar Contention

“The Soloist,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxxfoxx.jpg and based on a series of L.A. Times columns, won’t be given a 2008 release, thus disqualifying it for the Oscars, according to several outletsdowney.jpg.

Sources say Viacom is under financial pressure and is unwilling to spend the cash to release the film, which has been discussed as a potential Oscar winner.

But it may be a moot point as the film was originally slated for a Nov. 21 release, but will now bow on March 13, 2009.

DreamWorks, which produced the film, had no comment, but insiders said execs are very disappointed by the move even though they concede it could benefit the film’s box office by distancing it from a crowded year-end field.

Directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement”), “Soloist” is based on a series of Los Angeles Times columns by Steve Lopez about a homeless schizophrenic musician’s dreams of playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Whenever a movie’s release date is changed in such a manner, there is a risk the media will read it as a vote of no-confidence. Still, it had generated strong buzz in early screenings.

However, it was not clear if “Soloist” might receive an Academy-qualifying run before Dec. 31, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

“We decided it’s a commercial movie that will play well in the spring, and we’ll give it an aggressive wide release then,” Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said.

Gerry Rich, Marketing Golden Boy, Says See Ya to Paramount

GerryRich.jpgGerry Rich, who orchestrated marketing campaigns for “Transformers,” “Iron Man” and the latest “Indiana Jones” incarnation, became the latest casualty of the Paramount down-sizing of its marketing staff.

Last June, Paramount consolidated the marketing, distribution and physical production departments of Paramount Vantage into the larger studio. The shift brought Vantage marketing chiefs Josh Greenstein and Megan Colligan into the studio fold and created a power struggle.

Only a few know the real story, but Rich supposedly asked to be let out of his contract. Insiders thought it was the outcome of a bitter turf battle with Greenstein and Colligan, who were immediately named by Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore to replace Rich.

In true studio fashion, Moore painted a smiling picture of the turmoil.

“He leaves us in great hands with a fantastic team that we expect to continue bringing the quality and imagination that you’ve seen for the past three years,” Moore said.

Rich, who has been a fixture for the last three years, will leave the Paramount lot at the end of August.

Paramount Lays Off 60 for an Internal Merger?

Paramount Pictures, in the interest of merging its marketing, distribution and physical production departments will lay off as many as 60 overlapping positions, the studio announced today and Deadline Hollywood Daily reported.
Paramount chairman Brad Grey had no comment on the layoffs, but was very upbeat about the potential for Paramount with a number of upcomig films, like “Transformers 2″ and “Star Trek.” Grey addressed reporters at Herb Allen’s Sun Valley Media Conference in mid-July.
“Over the past three years, as we have rebuilt and grown the organization, Paramount and Paramount Vantage have consistently looked to evolve in a way that best serves our filmmakers, their creativity and our consumers,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures and John Lesher, President, Paramount Film Group. “We are grateful for the immense contributions from so many Paramount and Vantage professionals who have been instrumental in our successes. Moving forward, this new structure provides us with a solid foundation as we prepare for our upcoming slate of diverse films, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, G.I. Joe, Star Trek and Transformers 2, to name a few.”
Nick Meyer, President, Paramount Vantage, added: “Similarly, Paramount Vantage looks forward to leveraging this new organization to release The Duchess, Defiance and Revolutionary Road later this year, as well as our exciting slate for 2009 and beyond. With the addition of our new EVP of Production and Acquisitions, Guy Stodel, and the talented team we already have in place, Vantage is well positioned for the future.”