Relativity Lets Go of Spokesman David Shane

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The move comes as a surprise given that the corporate communications head recently renewed his contract with Ryan Kavanaugh's embattled studio.

In a surprise twist in the Relativity Media saga, the company terminated the contract of its corporate communications head David Shane late Tuesday night, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The move comes as a shock given that Shane recently renewed his contract with Ryan Kavanaugh's embattled studio. Relativity couldn't be reached for comment on Wednesday morning. Shane declined to comment.

Shane, who had served as executive vp, corporate communications, was a three-year veteran of the studio and was entrusted with one of the most difficult PR jobs in Hollywood over the past year as Relativity faced numerous media battles, culminating with its bankruptcy filing in July.

Before Relativity, Shane worked for crisis PR firm Hiltzik Strategies. He also was senior vp, corporate communication at ICM Partners. Prior to that he worked for Comcast.

Shane's exit is the latest in a string of departures for the studio that is poised to emerge from bankruptcy in the coming months. (President and board member Tucker Tooley was the most notable executive to leave.) Earlier this month, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael Wiles provisionally agreed to Relativity's reorganization plan.