Megan Colligan Exits Paramount Saying ‘Gender Bias and Discrimination’ Forced Her Out

“At least four other women have left and we believe that there are more to follow,” Colligan says

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Update: Ousted Paramount Marketing Chief Megan Colligan says a pattern of gender bias and discrimination forced her to leave the company.

“Megan had no choice but to leave after enduring a pattern of gender bias and discrimination,” Bryan Freedman, an attorney for Colligan, said in a statement given to Deadline Hollywood.

“The disparate treatment of women by Paramount is evidenced when you unfold the truth of the exodus of high-level women in recent months. At least four other women have left and we believe that there are more to follow.”

A Paramount spokesperson did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment on the matter.

Previously …

Veteran movie executive Megan Colligan is resigning her post as Paramount’s global marketing and worldwide distribution chief, an individual familiar with the departure told TheWrap.

Details about her replacement are currently unknown. A Paramount spokesperson did not return TheWrap’s request for comment.

Colligan has been on the Hollywood lot for the past 11 years, and previously served in the top marketing position at the studio’s former specialty unit Paramount Vantage. She ascended the ranks under Paramount’s former chief, the late Brad Grey.

Colligan’s exit follows that of Marc Evans, another top lieutenant of Grey’s who long-served as the president of the motion picture group. The changes come as new studio head Jim Gianopulos puts his stamp on the iconic company.

Harvard graduate Colligan is widely considered a top expert in her field. She’s worked on campaigns for franchises like “Star Trek” and “Transformers,” the J.J. Abrams “Cloverfield” series, as well as awards bait like “There Will Be Blood” and “The Fighter.”

Most recently, TheWrap dissected the curious marketing case of Paramount’s “mother!” — Darren Aronosky’s polarizing festival darling.