Paramount Strikes Holiday Party in Favor of Tree-Lighting Ceremony, Paid Time Off

By Alesandra Dubin November 12, 2008, 12:05 PM EST

Paramount has become one of the Los Angeles-based companies to cut its holiday party rather than scale it back. But that's not to say that the studio isn't offering wintertime rewards to its employees.

First off, the studio will honor a longtime employee with the task of lighting the company tree outside of the Bronson Gate on the lot on December 1. There will be hot chocolate, cider and “a very holiday, festive” feel, the studio's executive director for special events, Uschi Wilson, said Tuesday.

Paramount will also offer its employees paid time off for the week of December 22. Cancelling the party, which had been scheduled for December 11, was “an appropriate thing to do,” said Wilson.

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