Lee Rosenthal is stepping down from his role as President of Physical Production Paramount and is leaving the studio, it was announced on Tuesday.
A veteran studio executive, Rosenthal has been with the studio for 27 years and is “departing Paramount Pictures to pursue other opportunities,” Paramount Motion Picture Group President Emma Watts wrote in an email.
“Lee has been a driving force in many of the company’s past and recent successes, including ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Rocketman,’ and such franchises as ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Paranormal’ and ‘Transformers,’ among many others,” Watts wrote. Rosenthal’s post-studio plans are currently unknown.
Read the email below.
TO: Paramount Employees
FROM: Emma Watts
DATE: March 16th, 2021
As you may have heard, our longtime colleague Lee Rosenthal is departing Paramount Pictures to pursue other opportunities. For more than a quarter century, Lee has been a vital and beloved member of the Paramount family, including most recently in his role overseeing physical production for the studio. Lee has been a driving force in many of the company’s past and recent successes, including The Big Short, Rocketman, and such franchises as Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, Paranormal and Transformers, among many others.
We extend our gratitude to Lee for his many contributions and wish him the very best in the future.
Deadline first reported the news.