UPDATE: I’m also hearing that Transformers and Transformers 2 writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (also, Mission: Impossible III, Eagle Eye, Star Trek) may hang with DreamWorks.
DreamWorks has started making its post-Paramount moves regarding executives, staff and producers. Here’s what I can tell you so far: the word I have is that Adam Goodman will be staying at Viacom (but not to replace Brad Weston at Paramount, as I’ve already reported), with one or two executives following him. Some people tell me Goodman’s title will be president of production. Holly Bario and Mark Sourian will end up as co-presidents of production at Dreamworks 2.0 with about four execs following them. No surprises there. (And I’ve already told you that DreamWorks COO Jeff Small will follow studio chief Stacey Snider.) In all, DreamWorks will be downsizing its 150 staff by about 15%, I’m told. Yesterday was especially tense. As an insider descibed it, “Staff were getting called into rooms to let them know if they were staying or going. One room, with Holly and Mark in it, meant you were staying. The other, with the CFO in it, meant you were going.” Still, I’m assured that anyone not moving over will continue to be paid until their Paramount contract ends. But that’s cold comfort.
As far as producers, Ivan Reitman/Tom Pollock’s Montecito Picture Company will not be moving to DreamWorks 2.0. Of course, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will be staying with DreamWorks. Nina Jacobson moves as does Sam Mendes. Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films is also about to confirm it’s following DreamWorks. The producers are learning which projects are going where as DreamWorks and Paramount separate.