Vollman doubles up with roles at MGM, UA

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MGM chief Mary Parent has hired Michael Vollman for the newly created dual positions of executive vp theatrical marketing at MGM worldwide motion picture group and president of marketing at United Artists.

Vollman, who will report to Parent, will manage all theatrical marketing activities at MGM as well as consult with United Artists CEO Paula Wagner on marketing strategies for upcoming UA releases.

Dennis Rice, the previous president of marketing and publicity at UA, resigned last week.

Vollman's first challenge will be effecting a change in public perception about the World War II Tom Cruise drama "Valkyrie," which UA is releasing in February.

Vollman was exec vp integrated marketing and national publicity for Paramount, which he had held since April 2007. (partialdiff)
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