Jim Gianopulos
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United States

Paramount Pictures


Chairman / CEO

Gianopulos has been at Paramount Pictures a little over a year, a tumultuous period during which parent company Viacom has been in protracted merger talks with CBS. He joined the studio after being pushed out as head of 20th Century Fox’s movie studio in 2016 and has been busy putting a team in place, tapping veteran producer Wyck Godfrey to be motion-picture group president, as well as pruning a slate of duds left over from a previous regime. He sold off key territories on “The Cloverfield Paradox” and “Annihilation” to Netflix after deciding they had limited commercial appeal. Still, the studio did have some major box-office successes this year, scoring big with John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” and, the sixth “MI,” “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.”


  • Paramount Pictures
  • Columbia Pictures
  • 20th Century Fox


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • EmPOWerment Award
  • Showman of the Year
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Jim Gianopulos: Studios Need to Infuse Their Sequels With Fresh and Original Ideas

Jim Gianopulos: Studios Need to Infuse Their Sequels With Fresh and Original Ideas

This column is part of Hollywood's Broken Hollywood feature. For more execs and their opinions on the state of Hollywood, click here.It’s a convenient trope to say Hollywood keeps doing sequels and repeating itself. I think it’s really easy to say we are doing the same old thing. But a good sequel is not the same old thing. If you do sequels badly, that’s the problem. I think the risk in sequels is for Hollywood to take the audiences for...


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