Spendlove music man at Par Pics


Paramount Pictures has upped Randy Spendlove to president of music. The move coincides with longtime Paramount executive Burt Berman stepping down from the post to head the newly formed Village Roadshow Music Group.

Spendlove will manage all music-related matters for the studio, including film scoring, music supervision and soundtrack production. He will report to Paramount president of production Brad Weston.

"Randy's impressive track record and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to melding music with theatrical storytelling is impeccable," Weston said. "I'm excited to have him expand his role and continue creating great music for Paramount's slate."

Spendlove joined Paramount last year as executive vp music and creative affairs and has overseen such soundtracks as "Dreamgirls," "Freedom Writers" and "Shooter."

At VRMG, Berman will develop new business opportunities in music publishing and feature film soundtracks for films produced by Village Roadshow Pictures Group in association with Warner Bros. Pictures and will report to Village Roadshow Entertainment Group co-chairman Hal Gaba and CEO Greg Basser.

In his new post, Berman will serve as in-house music supervisor, drawing from VRPG and Concord Music Group film and music assets. He also will work closely with Warner Pictures Music.

During his seven years at Paramount, Berman was responsible for the supervision, coordination and mediation of all feature film music initiatives and activities. His project highlights included the soundtrack to "Babel," two compilation albums and one score album for "Elizabethtown" and the soundtrack for "Save the Last Dance."

Before Paramount, Berman was head of music at Columbia/Tristar and Universal Studios.

"Burt is the master of theatrical music supervision," Weston said. "He is a respected industry icon whose taste and ear for music is unmatched. I wish him the very best on his next journey."