Earl Lestz is the CEO of Plymouth Rock Studios. Until his recent retirement, Earl Lestz served as President of the Studio Group at Paramount Pictures for over 21 years.
Lestz was responsible for the operation and administration of real estate, capital expenditures, administration, facility rentals, special events, videotape and backlot operations, post-production facilities, and community and government relations.
Under his leadership, Paramount's 63-acre Hollywood lot underwent major renovations and development. Over 1.3 million square feet of new facilities were added—office buildings, parking structures, videotape and post-production facilities, and backlot renovation. Major infrastructure upgrades for the telephone, domestic water, electrical and fiber-optic systems were also completed, including the addition of over three acres of parks and landscaping. He was also instrumental in developing the first Studio child care center.
Prior to joining Paramount, Lestz was Senior Vice President of Operations for two divisions of Federated Department Stores. He received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Drexel University and completed the Executive Management Program at UCLA's Graduate School of Management.
For the past twenty years, he has been a voting member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Lestz currently provides management consulting services for several corporations and entities.
Earl Lestz' involvement in the community is extensive, providing volunteer services to the following organizations:
Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (formerly served as Chairman)
Board of the Hollywood Historic Trust
Chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee
Board of the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital
Advisory Board of the Hollywood Arts Council
Board of Directors of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum (formerly served as Chairman)
Board of Governors of Goodwill Industries of Southern California (formerly served as Chairman)