Paul Noble Dies: Longtime Sony Pictures Marketing Co-Head Was 51
Paul Noble, a veteran executive who served co-head of global theatrical marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment since 2019, has died. He was 51.
The company confirmed to Deadline that Noble died September 9 of bulbar ALS at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. He has been diagnosed in summer 2021.
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“Paul was a rare and marvelous human being, possessed with an abundance of positivity, warmth, humor and kindness,” Sony Chairman Tom Rothman wrote in an email to staff. “He faced his diagnosis with courage and grace and in doing so set a remarkable example for his family and, indeed, for all of us. To say he will be missed is of course an understatement.”
Following a decade-plus film-marketing career marketing at top agencies in London, Noble joined Sony Pictures in Los Angeles in 2015, initially as SVP International Marketing and later EVP before being promoted to Co-President of International Marketing in 2018. He was upped to Co-President of Global Marketing alongside Andre Caraco the following year.
When SPE merged its theatrical, home entertainment and TV distribution marketing operations in October 2020, Noble was charged with managing the new division, along with Danielle Misher and Lexine Won, as Caraco stepped down.
During his long career as a senior creative executive, he oversaw foreign campaigns for pics including Furious 7, Despicable Me 2 and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds as well as such Sony hits as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Venom and Peter Rabbit. The Spider-Man spinoff Venom was a shot in the arm for Sony’s Marvel canon in 2018, posting a record October opening of $80.2M en route to a $855 million global take.
Noble is survived by his wife, Esme, and two children Rudy and Jean.
Here is Rothman’s full email to SPE employees:
It is with great heartbreak that I write to let you know that our dear friend Paul Noble passed away this weekend, after a brave battle with ALS.
Paul was a rare and marvelous human being, possessed with an abundance of positivity, warmth, humor and kindness. He faced his diagnosis with courage and grace and in doing so set a remarkable example for his family and, indeed, for all of us. To say he will be missed is of course an understatement. But his memory will surely be cherished by anyone lucky enough to have known him. I am certain you all will join me in sharing condolences with his family at this most difficult of times.
We will share details on his memorial service and donations as they become available.
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