Steven Spielberg Reluctant to Hire an Outsider to Replace Stacey Snider

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Stacey Snider is planning on leaving DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg is looking and hoping her replacement will come within the studios.

With Stacey Snider’s planned exit from DreamWorks, the co-chair and CEO has handed off the day-to-day creative reins to production president Holly Bario, who is one of the lead candidates to succeed the executive when her contract expires at year end.
Steven Spielberg has met with potential hires, including former Lionsgate and Paramount executive Allison Shearmur (who is out of the running), but has not settled on anyone and may wind up sticking with his current leadership team when Snider departs for a new job at Fox, according to people familiar with the situation.
At Fox, Snider will serve as top lieutenant to studio chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos and provide creative oversight to Fox’s various production divisions.
Meanwhile, at DreamWorks, Spielberg has been working closely with Bario to bolster his comfort level with the executive. At the same time, the filmmaker has become more hands-on in the development process and in making other key creative decisions at the company. On the business side, Spielberg will continue to rely heavily on DreamWorks’ president and chief operating officer Jeff Small, these sources said.

Although Snider is still under contract for the remainder of 2014, she has intentionally stepped back and has little if any involvement with projects scheduled to come out after her tenure ends. One insider said that Snider no longer comes into the office every day.

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