Paramount Names Daria Cercek, Michael Ireland as Co-Presidents Under Emma Watts

Paramount’s motion picture group president Emma Watts has bolstered her team with two new co-presidents — Daria Cercek and Michael Ireland.

Cercek comes from New Line Cinema, and will start her post on January 11. Ireland moved to the iconic Hollywood lot last November from 20th Century Studios.

As co-presidents of Paramount Pictures, Cercek and Ireland will work alongside Watts to oversee the slate and operations from development through production, including an upcoming installments of the “Transformers” and “Star Trek franchises. They’ll also work on Sandra Bullock’s “Lost City of D,” and a sequel to the hit hybrid animation “Sonic the Hedgehog.”

Both former colleagues of Watts at Fox, the executive said she was “thrilled to be working again with both Daria and Mike. The key to success is having the right team, and having watched Daria and Mike grow over the years, I am quite confident their combined creativity, enthusiasm and extensive talent relationships will be a huge windfall for Paramount. They believe passionately in people and projects which makes for better films.”

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