Paramount exec Gino Campagnola dies

Was involved with 'Ordinary People,' 'Terms of Endearment'

Sergio "Gino" Campagnola, a veteran of more than 50 years with Paramount Pictures, died Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. He was 76.

Campagnola's most recent position was executive president of electronic cinema, a role he assumed in 2001 after serving for almost a decade as executive vp and general sales manager.

It was in the New York mailroom of Paramount that Campagnola got his start. In 1956, he was elevated to the contract department, where he spent five years before moving on to sales and distribution.

Campagnola rose through the ranks until he landed the title of senior vp and general sales manager. He was a key member of the team that released a string of hits in the 1970s, from "The Godfather" series and "Chinatown" to "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease."

In the 1980s, Campagnola was involved with Academy Award winners "Ordinary People" and "Terms of Endearment" as well as such blockbusters as "Airplane!" "Beverly Hills Cop" and the Indiana Jones trilogy.

After Paramount relocated its home office from New York to Los Angeles following the death of Charles Bluhdorn, Campagnola was put in charge of Paramount Canada and was based in Toronto from 1987-92, when he was transferred to the studio and became executive vp and general sales manager, a post he held from 1992-2000.

Among the releases he oversaw during his tenure there were "Forrest Gump," "Braveheart," "Mission: Impossible" and "Runaway Bride."

In 2001, his 50th anniversary with the company, Campagnola was honored with the Humanitarian Award from the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, N.Y.

Campagnola is survived by his wife, Danielle, and by his son, Justin. A memorial is being organized.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Lupus Foundation in Los Angeles.