Paul Rosenberg, Former Miramax and Imagine Exec, Dies at 53

Paul Rosenberg - S 2015
Courtesy Betsy Rosenberg

A former member of the U.S. freestyle ski team, he produced such films as 'The Addams Family' and Doug Liman’s 'Go.'

Paul Rosenberg, who worked as an executive at Miramax Films and Imagine Entertainment and produced the Doug Liman crime comedy Go, has died. He was 53.

Rosenberg died Sunday of apparent natural causes in a hotel in Long Beach, Calif., his sister, Betsy Rosenberg, told The Hollywood Reporter.

In 1995, Rosenberg, then an exec at Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine, was recruited as vp production by Miramax co-founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein to help them launch Dimension Films. The genre division was about to release Wes Craven’s Scream (1996).

He left the Weinsteins in 1997 to launch Saratoga Entertainment, the independent company behind Columbia Pictures’ Go (1999), starring Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley and, in her film debut, Melissa McCarthy.

Born on Oct. 12, 1961, in Los Angeles, Rosenberg attended Saratoga High School in Northern California. He spent four years as a member of the U.S. freestyle ski team, then attended the University of California at Berkeley.

Rosenberg was employed as a fixed income sales associate at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street when he decided to “exercise the right side of his brain and enter film school at USC,” his sister said.

After graduation, he landed a job with producer Scott Rudin in 1990 and received an associate producer credit on The Addams Family (1991), directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

Rosenberg served as a development executive for famed independent producer Ray Stark, then in 1993 was hired as a production vp at Imagine, where he worked on such films as Apollo 13 and the remake of The Nutty Professor.

In addition to Betsy, survivors include his sister Cia, brother-in-law Alan, niece Jenna, uncle Henry and cousins Jeffrey, Barry, Peter, Jamie and Marleen.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Lange Foundation, Animal Rescue Care and Placement, 2106 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif., 90025. The phone number is (310) 473-5585.

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