Amid the massive uncertainty that permeates the film business, 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has been a tower of consistency for the past 16 years.
Gianopulos is receiving the Producers Guild of America’s Milestone Award, the organization’s highest honor, in the wake of overseeing movies like “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “Sideways,” “Life of Pi,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Martian,” which won the 2016 Golden Globe for best motion picture — comedy or musical.
Per PGA awards co-chairs Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, “Jim Gianopulos has some of the keenest instincts in our business.”
“It’s both humbling and intimidating when you look at the list of Milestone winners,” Gianopulo says. “Succeeding in this business is a combination of great filmmakers, great executives and especially producers — because producers are the ones with incredible vision, passion and relentless drive, who always believe that their project will be a tremendous hit. More often than not, they’re right.”
Before being chosen in 2000 to co-run Fox’s movie operation with Tom Rothman, the now 64-year-old Gianopulos headed the studio’s international division, where he formed key relationships with filmmakers James Cameron, George Lucas, Luc Besson and Baz Luhrmann.
“The best part of dealing with producers is the evolving relationship with them,” Gianopulos says. Prior Milestone recipients include Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Jon Feltheimer,the 2015 recipient.