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Producer Wyck Godfrey is joining the executive ranks at Paramount Pictures, where he has been named president of the Paramount Motion Picture Group. He will succeed Marc Evans, who is stepping down from that post for a producing role with the studio.
Godfrey, who will begin the new position in January, will report to Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, He will be responsible for the studio’s film operations from development to release and will manage the creative/development group, as well as overseeing casting, physical production, postproduction and music.
Gianopulos and Godfrey have previously worked together, as Godfrey produced several films for Fox, including The Maze Runner and The Fault in Our Stars, while Gianopulos oversaw that studio.
In announcing Godfrey’s appointment, Gianopulos said Saturday in a statement: “I worked with Wyck for many years and have been in awe of his incredible success as a producer. He is a proven filmmaker with rare instincts for developing great material, producing commercial projects and maintaining excellent talent relationships. By combining his experience and expertise with our talented production team, we feel we have the perfect mix for an exciting and rewarding future at Paramount Pictures.”
A partner with Marty Bowen in the production company Temple Hill Entertainment since 2006, Godfrey also served as a producer on the Twilight franchise and has demonstrated a knack for turning out movies that resonate with young adults. The films that Godfrey has produced have grossed more than $6 billion worldwide. A third installment in the Maze Runner franchise, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, is set for release in January.
“I have loved every minute of the 20 years I’ve been blessed to produce movies, in particular the time spent building Temple Hill with my best friend and partner Marty,” Godfrey said. “The opportunity to work with Jim and his entire team at Paramount, though, is one that I can’t believe has come my way. It is with great anticipation that I look forward to building a slate for years to come that can stand proudly beside the sterling Paramount Pictures which helped inspire me to make movies in the first place.”
Commented Bowen, who will continue to run Temple Hill Entertainment: “On a personal level, it crushes me to know Wyck will no longer be working with us at Temple Hill. In our 12 years of partnership, we have rarely disagreed, we have never fought and we have always laughed. I am proud of what my dearest of friends and I have accomplished together and of the team we have assembled. All of us who know Wyck realize, he’s going to be an excellent studio president. I not only wish him well, but will also be cheering loudest with all of his future successes.”
Speaking of Evans, Gianopulos also said, ““I have enormous respect for Marc as a professional. He has shown himself to be a first-class creative executive and a truly great human being. He has initiated some great projects currently in production, and while we will miss him as a colleague, we look forward to his continuing contributions.”
Sept. 9, 11:55 p.m.: Updated to include official studio announcement.
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