The gig: Paul Yanover is president of Fandango, the biggest online movie ticket seller. Fandango, based in Los Angeles and owned by Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal, enjoyed 81% growth in 2015 ticket sales from a year earlier, benefiting from a surge in advance ticket sales for blockbusters such as...
Disney/LucasfilmJ.J. Abrams' “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” doesn't begin rolling out in the U.S. until Thursday night, and already the movie boasts more ticket sales than any title in Fandango's 15-year history.
Disney/LucasfilmYear-end holiday advance ticket sales for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have crossed $100 million in North America, an unheard-of number, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The gig: Nicholas Carpou is president of Universal Pictures' domestic distribution, which means he oversees the studio's theatrical sales in North America. He leads a team of about 80 people who are responsible for licensing films in theaters and collecting the revenue from ticket sales.
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Below is an interview Frederick
Huntsberry, the Chief Operating Officer of Paramount Pictures, a position he
has served in since 2006. Mr.
Huntsberry started his career in entertainment in 1997 at Universal Studios and
later NBC Universal where he held various positions in Finance and Business
Development, as well as President, NBC Universal Television Distribution where
he was responsible for all U.S. first-run syndication and domestic and
international television distribution sales activities. His last position
was President, NBC Universal International, where he provided strategic
direction for new business development growth opportunities, as well
operational oversight for international TV distribution and global networks.
Question 1: Tell us
about your team at Paramount. What is your mission and main focus?
As Chief Operating Officer at Paramount Pictures, I oversee worldwide
strategic planning and operations for the studio. Paramount Pictures, a
subsidiary of Viacom, is a producer and distributor of feature films that have
entertained audiences around the world for over 100 years. In addition, last
year we announced the formation of Paramount Television which focuses on the
production of made for television and digital content. We are proud of the
content we create, but we’re equally inspired by the tremendous volunteer
spirit of our company and employees.