March 14, 2008

Another Woman Joins the Boys Club

The list has grown from one -- Amy Pascal at Sony -- or two -- if you count Stacey Snider at Dreamworks (which is a subsidiary of Paramount)-- to three now that Mary Parent has been named Chairman (can we please make these names gender neutral?) of the MGM Worldwide Motion Picture Group.

She will oversee production, distribution, marketing and business affairs at the studio. Parent is a well liked and respected executive who used to be Vice Chairman of World Wide Production at Universal before her most recent gig as an indie producer with partner Scott Stuber.

The job at MGM has been vacant since 2004.

Parent will report to MGM chairman & CEO Harry Sloan.

Will her appointment lead to more opportunities for women onscreen or behind the scenes? Her most recently produced films The Kingdom, The Breakup and upcoming Wolfman speak for themselves.