It hasn’t been announced yet, but I’ve confirmed that Patti Röckenwagner has snagged the job as Brad Grey’s exec VP of corporate communications for Paramount. She’s been VP of regional communications for Time Warner Cable out here. (Yes, she’s married to well-known chef and restaurateur Hans Röckenwagner.) She starts May 19th. Good choice — though god only knows how long she can stay nice and not bitchslap people like me. I don’t envy her: she’ll have to deal with the inevitable PR wars when DreamWorks leaves Paramount. Grey’s studio had this prominent and high-paying LA-based PR opening ever since Janet Hill was dumped last June, and the studio took forever interviewing everyone. Filling in has been NYC-based Steven Rubenstein (the son of PR legend Howard, aka “The Fixer”). He did a surprisingly excellent job, but it’ll be a relief for him to stop fielding day-to-day media calls for Brad — Pellicano trial, anyone? — although he’ll stay involved.
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