Beverly Hills, CA -- Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media, LLC announced today that Steve Bertram, formerly the President of Business Operations for Paramount Home Entertainment, has joined the company as COO and CFO.

Bertram will oversee the day-to-day company operations for Relativity, including the building and managing of the company's domestic and international distribution relationships. Bertram, in his position as COO, will directly report to Relativity President Michael Joe, and to Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh for his duties as CFO. Prior to his position at Paramount, Bertram was CFO of Dreamworks and was involved in negotiating its sale to Viacom after the separation from DreamWorks Animation.

"We're thrilled to have a seasoned veteran like Steve join our team," said Kavanaugh. "He brings with him deep and extensive expertise at a time when our company has delivered on the promise of becoming a fully-functioning, full service studio. As our business ventures continue to grow, Steve's expertise will prove invaluable."

"Ryan has incredible vision and has built a strong and innovative company," said Bertram. "I'm very excited to join Relativity as it continues to rethink what's possible in the entertainment industry."

"Steve's depth and breadth of experience combined with his personal and professional integrity and collaborative approach to business will be critically important as our company evolves," said Joe. "We are thrilled to have Steve join our team."

For the past five years at Paramount Pictures, Bertram served as President of Business Operations for the multi-billion dollar global Home Entertainment division with responsibility for Finance, Administration, Business Affairs, Supply Chain and Business Development. He managed key worldwide distribution relationships including DreamWorks Animation, CBS, and Alliance Films. Bertram led negotiations of multi-million dollar agreements with various customers, licensees, consumer electronics and technology companies. Prior to joining Paramount, Bertram held a variety of senior positions in operations, marketing, distribution, strategic planning, and finance at DreamWorks LLC. He served as Chief Financial Officer of the privately held DreamWorks subsequent to the public offering of the animation company in 2004, and was responsible for managing all finance, strategic planning and banking activities.

 

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Source: TMZ

Charlie Sheen reportedly received a "briefcase full of cocaine" during his latest 36-hour bender.

Source: The Wrap

Early Thursday morning, actor Charlie Sheen was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles with an unspecific ailment, described as "abdominal pains" by his publicist, Stan Rosenfield. According to The Wrap, a 9-11 call was placed at approximately 6:35 AM and Sheen was put into an ambulance on a stretcher 30 minutes later.

Sheen's exploits have been in the media frequently of late due to a number of public fracases stemming from his reputation for being a hard partier. His personal peccadilloes have made some industry insiders, including cast and crew members of his CBS television series, Two and a Half Men, concerned about his reliability and the future of the show.

While CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler confessed that the network had a "high level of concern" about Sheen during the Television Critics Association on Jan. 14, she also indicated that the quality of the actor's work was undeniable. "You can't look at it simplistically," Tassler said. Charlie is a professional. He comes to work, he does his job extremely well -- we're taping tonight -- and it's, as I said, it's very complicated."

 

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Source: Variety

DreamWorks Animation has recruited a considerable ensemble of actors for its upcoming feature Rise of the Guardians. Not to be confused with Zack Snyder's Lord-of-the-Rings-by-way-of-Woodsy-Owl opus, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole, the Peter Ramsey-directed film will feature the talents of Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher for its tale of "childhood legends" such as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy as they battle an evil spirit not unlike the Boogeyman.

Pine replaces Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Frost, the star of the story, while Law plays Pitch, the piece's villain. Director Peter Ramsey take on the project after previously helming a short for the DVD release of Monsters vs. Aliens, the spinoff Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space. According to the Variety report, the "heroic" childhood fantasy figures must band together to protect the imaginations of human children around the world. No word yet whether Ramsey plans to enlist the clown from Poltergeist as one of Pitch's henchmen, but if there's a more formidable producer of childhood nightmares, we've never seen him.

 

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