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series highlighting the work of community leaders and organizations that are
strengthening the middle class and providing ladders of opportunity for all
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.
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