With aftershocks still reverberating throughout Hollywood from the flubbed Best Picture presentation at Sunday’s Oscars, a new report says the screwup could cost Michael De Luca, one of the ceremony’s producers, his shot at replacing Brad Grey as CEO of Paramount Pictures.
The New York Post’s Page Six quotes a source saying: “De Luca produced the Oscars [with Jennifer Todd], and was about to get the job at Paramount. Now, because of the Oscar disaster, he is very likely not to get it.”
The Post report notes: “PricewaterhouseCoopers accepted blame for the blunder, but it’s questionable whether Paramount would want the headlines that hiring De Luca would bring.”
The report also notes: “Others in the running for Grey’s post include former Warner Bros. movie boss Jeff Robinov, former Paramount COO Rob Friedman and ‘Ted’ producer Scott Stuber.”