Paramount Names Marc Evans President of Motion Picture Group

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Marc Evans

The 12-year veteran of the studio succeeds Adam Goodman in overseeing the studio's film activities.

Paramount has named Marc Evans as president of the motion picture group, the studio announced on Monday. Evans will succeed Adam Goodman, who was ousted last month after a six-year stint in the role.

Evans' promotion — he has served as the studio's president of production since 2010 — was expected, as he'd been telling sources in the agency world for the past two weeks that he expected to be promoted. However, before Paramount chairman Brad Grey decided to promote from within he's believed to have considered at least two other production presidents at rival studios.

In announcing Evans' appointment, Grey said, “Having evaluated the potential candidates for this role, it quickly became clear that Marc was the most qualified and that he has truly earned this position. He has immense talents, a strong creative vision, deep integrity and an unrivaled work ethic. We take great pride in the fact that Marc has professionally grown up at Paramount, that he has overseen production of so many wonderful pictures here, and that he had such strong support from our creative collaborators. We couldn’t be more excited about the future.”

Within the studio, Evans was not viewed as a Goodman protege; he joined the studio in 2003, well before Goodman's arrival. Originally a vp production, he was appointed to senior vp in 2006 and exec vp in 2008 before being named president of production in 2010. During that time, he has worked on such Paramount franchises as Mission Impossible, Star Trek, Transformers and G.I. Joe, and he had earned the support of such key Paramount producers as Lorenzo di Bonaventura, J.J. Abrams and David Ellison — along with the respect of many in the agency world.

Evans steps into the high-stakes job — which has seen a lot of turnover over the past decade — as Paramount undergoes a round of layoffs as a result of parent company Viacom's current restructuring, and as the studio, which released just 12 films in 2014, is under pressure to increase its output.