Bob Buchi Departing Paramount as Worldwide Home Entertainment President

By Chanak Maduranga

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Bob Buchi Departing Paramount as Worldwide Home Entertainment President
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Bob Buchi is stepping down as president of worldwide home entertainment at Paramount.

The Hollywood studio’s chief content licensing officer, Dan Cohen, told Paramount Pictures staffers via an internal memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “In his 18 years with the organization, Bob’s vast contributions have included numerous innovative strategies that demonstrated his expertise at adapting to a constantly evolving landscape,” Cohen wrote.

Also departing Paramount is Craig White, who served as executive vp, worldwide sales and distribution for home entertainment. As part of a restructuring in the home entertainment division, Andres Alvarez is set to come on board from July 15 in the new role of executive vp, head of home entertainment.

Alvarez comes to Paramount home entertainment distribution from Amazon MGM Studios where he was most recently head of digital distribution, overseeing that studio’s global transactional business and domestic AVOD and FAST distribution. “Andres is a digital force and highly focused, forward-thinking executive with remarkable insight and a strategic mind that is respected throughout the industry,” Cohen added about Alvarez.

The departure of a division president, to be replaced by an executive vp, is in part a cost-cutting move at Paramount after a new trio of executives – George Cheeks, president and CEO of CBS; Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios; and Brian Robbins, president and CEO of Paramount Pictures – recently took over the running of the Hollywood studio.

The full memo from Dan Cohen to Paramount Pictures staffers follows:

All,

I want to share an important leadership update with you. Andres Alvarez will be joining the company to lead our Home Entertainment division in his new role as EVP, Head of Home Entertainment. Andres joins us from Amazon MGM Studios where he most recently served as Head of Digital Distribution, responsible for the global transactional business, as well as domestic AVOD/FAST distribution.

Andres is a digital force and highly focused, forward-thinking executive with remarkable insight and a strategic mind that is respected throughout the industry.  I have personally known him for over ten years, we currently serve on the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) Board of Directors together, and I have no doubt that with his experience across digital, distribution, and sales, he will bring incredible value to our organization. 

Prior to Amazon, he was SVP of Digital Distribution at MGM. Before joining MGM, Andres led domestic content licensing and account management for the global digital platforms at 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios.)  Previous to Fox, he managed the Americas content partnerships team for Google Play/YouTube Movies & TV. Andres also worked at Dolby Laboratories, Best Buy CinemaNow, and Napster in various content / business development roles.  Before entering the digital media space, Andres practiced law at the firms of Latham & Watkins LLP in New York and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in Los Angeles.  He has nearly two decades of experience across home entertainment, content acquisition, digital media and business development.

With this news, Bob Buchi has decided to exit the company and his role as President of Worldwide Home Entertainment.  In his 18 years with the organization, Bob’s vast contributions have included numerous innovative strategies that demonstrated his expertise at adapting to a constantly evolving landscape.  That skill was on full display when he and his team propelled Top Gun: Maverick to become the most successful Digital release of all time.  Throughout his tenure, Bob has fostered invaluable partnerships across the industry while building a best-in-class team and we are grateful for his many years of service and industry leadership. 

I also want to take a moment to let you know that Craig White will also be departing the company in his role as EVP, Worldwide Sales & Distribution for Home Entertainment, and we thank him for his many contributions and wish him the best. Andres will start in his new role on July 15th, with Bob staying on during this transition. Please join me in welcoming Andres and thanking Bob and Craig for their many contributions.

–Dan 

Chanak Maduranga

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