Paramount brings Smith aboard


Roderick Smith has been named executive vp of production finance for Paramount.

In his new position, Smith will oversee the day-to-day operations of the studio's production finance department, which includes budgeting, cost estimating and monitoring of production incentives and tax rebate activity for domestic and international productions.

Smith will report to Mark Bakshi, Paramount's president of feature production management, who made Thursday's announcement.

Bakshi lauded Smith's extensive knowledge of film financing and said his ability to manage a slate of films was an asset to Paramount.

Smith, who prior to joining Paramount served as senior vp of production finance at Marvel Studios, has also held executive finance positions at Walt Disney Pictures and Universal Pictures.