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Power Players

No. 69
Randy Spendlove

President of Music
Paramount Pictures
The Big Score...

Good thing Randy Spendlove knew the symptoms of Bieber Fever when he saw them: He got the ball rolling on "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," which pulled in $73 million at the U.S. box office, making it the No. 1 concert film of all time, according to Box Office Mojo. Spendlove has been with Paramount since 2006--he became president of music a year later--overseeing film scoring, music supervision and soundtrack production. Spendlove, a former promotions manager at A&M Records and Miramax Films music executive, was the principal exec for music at the film market-share leader at 19.6% ($2 billion in ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo statistics). With "Dreamgirls" and "Chicago" among his screen credits, Spendlove shepherded the music side of the theatrical "Footloose" in 2011. "He knows the perfect balance between hands-on management and hands-off trust," "Footloose" composer Deborah Lurie says. Spendlove has won a Grammy Award for the "Chicago" soundtrack. Two Paramount films, "The Adventures of Tintin" and "Hugo," received Academy Award noms for respective composers John Williams and Howard Shore. Paramount has 15 movies on the 2012 slate including "Madagascar 4" that will feature Hans Zimmer working with Dave Stewart and Sheila E. Now that's a person who knows how to pull power players together.

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