Los Angeles - Paramount Pictures will eliminate 110 positions in areas including finance and marketing as part of a realignment at the film studio owned by Viacom, according to a memo to employees obtained by Reuters.
The layoffs will affect about five percent of the studio's 2 200 employees that work on the Los Angeles movie lot or in international locations.
The job cuts will occur primarily in the areas of finance, human resources, information technology, international home media distribution, legal and marketing, according to the memo from Paramount Pictures Chief Operating Officer Frederick Huntsberry.
“As our industry continues to adapt to an increasingly competitive environment, we are always ensuring that Paramount is conducting its business as efficiently and productively as possible,” the memo said.
“As such we are making important and necessary changes in how we operate across several business functions.”
A Paramount spokeswoman declined to comment.
Paramount is the studio behind the Transformers movie franchise and this summer's zombie thriller World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, which grossed $539-million worldwide, according the Box Office Mojo website. - Reuters