The key sentence in Michael Fleming‘s Variety story about this morning’s whackings of seven senior Paramount execs is found in the fifth paragraph, to wit: “Not surprisingly, the exiting execs were aligned with [the recently whacked Paramount Film Group president] John Lesher and president of production Brad Weston.”

The whackees are Physical Production chief Georgia Kacandes, senior vp production Ben Cosgrove, exec vp of production Dan Levine, head of casting Gail Levin, Paramount Vantage honcho Guy Stodel, senior vp of visual effects Kim Locasio, and Aimee Shieh, head of Paramount’s New York literary office.

Levine, it is noted, “shepherded” G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the Stephen Sommers-directed CG actioner due on 8.7.