Jim Gianopulos
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United States

Paramount Pictures


Chairman / CEO

Gianopulos has earned praise for pulling Paramount Pictures out of its long slump and back to profitability. He signed a new multi-year contract with ViacomCBS in August. Since taking over in March 2017, he has instituted better management of its film library and instituted a renewed commitment to a strong release slate, with a mix ranging from tentpoles to animation to genre fare, saying his goal is to get the company back up to 16 to 20 titles per year. Gianopulos has also firmly backed the television unit as a growth engine, given the demand for content among streaming platforms that don’t require deficit financing from production partners. And the strategy is paying off, as he’s on track to restoring the luster of the iconic Hollywood studio where he started his career in the 1980s.


  • Paramount Pictures
  • 20th Century Studios
  • Lorimar Film Entertainment


  • Boston University (MA, USA)
  • Fordham University (NY, USA)
  • New York University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • EmPOWerment Award
  • Showman of the Year
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Jim Gianopulos Confirmed to Run Paramount Following Viacom, CBS Merger

Jim Gianopulos Confirmed to Run Paramount Following Viacom, CBS Merger

Jim Gianopulos will continue to oversee film operations following Viacom's merger with CBS, the companies confirmed on Monday. The move was expected and comes as the media marriage is being wrapped up.Gianopulos' title will be chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. His mandate will continue to be calling the shots at Paramount Animation, Paramount Features, Paramount Players and Paramount TV. He joined the company in 2017 after decades at 20th Century Fox, where he climbed the ranks to eventually become...


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