Lengthy New Deal Requires Referral to Brad Grey as 'Pope Ceo II'

Hooray! Brad Grey will be at Paramount at least as long as his immediate predecessors, with a reported new contract extending his leadership through 2014.

Nikki Finke passes along word that Viacom boss Phillipe Dauman "wanted to get a jump" on retaining Grey, whose current contract expires at the end of the year but whose tenure — however much money he spent and partners he deported to India — has been distinguished enough to ask back for another five-year run. We salute his longevity/survival against the odds and hope he'll return our meek waves of support should our paths ever cross his daily executive motorcade down Melrose.