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Paramount Ends First-Look Deal with John Goldwyn (Exclusive)
18 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT
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Paramount has quietly ended its decade-long first-look deal with John Goldwyn, the former vice chairman of the studio.
Paramount had signed “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels and Goldwyn to a first-look deal in 2003 when Goldwyn stepped down from the executive post through the duo’s Michaels-Goldwyn banner.
The producers have delivered a quartet of comedies — “Hot Rod,” “The Guilt Trip,” “Baby Mama” and “MacGruber” — but none of those became a hit. They also teamed on lifeguard comedy “Staten Island Summer,” which has been completed but has not been set for release.
Paramount is currently maintaining a first-look deal with Michaels through his Broadway Video banner — one of 15 such deals at the studio.
Goldwyn produced Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” along with his father, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., who had been trying since 1994 to remake the 1947 original film, starring Danny Kaye and produced by the iconic Samuel Goldwyn Sr.
- Dave McNary
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