EXCLUSIVE: As RatPac Entertainment partners Brett Ratner and James Packer branch beyond co-financing the Warner Bros slate to create their own film and TV slates, they’ve hired Paul Neinstein to be COO. Neinstein, who reports to Ratner and Packer, comes from Paramount, where he was EVP Business Affairs for the past eight years making deals in financing, acquisitions and talent for Par’s live-action, animated and micro-budget fare.

Before that, Neinstein was EVP at Spyglass Entertainment, where he oversaw all business and corporate operations for the company both domestically and internationally, and brokered all kinds of deals from distribution to acquisitions, talent and its co-financing partnerships with Columbia and Disney, Universal and DreamWorks.

Before Spylglass, Neinstein was an attorney in business affairs at DreamWorks. He is also a member of the AMPAS Executive Branch and has a law degree and a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA.