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Former Paramount Home Vid Chief Doctorow Joins THQ

20 Oct, 2003 By: Kurt Indvik

Eric Doctorow, former head of Paramount Worldwide Home Entertainment, has joined interactive entertainment company THQ as chief operating officer, a new position within that company, it was announced today.

Doctorow, who starts his new job Oct. 27, exited from Paramount in January of this year after heading home video there since 1994 and serving with Paramount since 1983.

THQ is very active in developing video games based on entertainment franchises, including a full range of games from characters of hit shows from Nickelodeon such as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and “Jimmy Neutron,” as well as others such as “Nemo,” “Scooby-Doo” and “Hot Wheels.”

“Expanding our management team to include the expertise of a home entertainment veteran like Eric is a huge win for THQ,” said Brian Farrell, president and CEO of THQ. “Eric's extensive experience and relationships in the entertainment industry will lend a valuable perspective to our business as we prepare for continued growth in an increasingly competitive market.”

Doctorow told Video Store Magazine that he was looking for an opportunity to apply his home entertainment experience and contacts in whatever new opportunity he pursued, and the position with THQ “fit all the criteria I had been thinking about. I am really excited about this opportunity.”

Doctorow's role will cut across the company's efforts in its global sales, distribution, marketing and wireless strategies.

“Most of the customers, the marketing and distribution activities in this industry are very similar to home entertainment, so while I will initially be doing a lot of listening and observing within the company here, I hope to make a contribution to the organization quickly. The company has a long terrific reputation, the people are dedicated and passionate about their jobs, and the video game business is a very creative and dynamic place to be,” Doctorow said.

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