Jim Gianopulos
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Paramount Pictures


Chairman / CEO

Paramount chief Gianopulos was in the news as the co-chair of the committee that crafted controversial new inclusion standards for the best picture Oscar, announced in September 2020. But most of his time was dedicated to engineering his studio’s continued box office comeback, led by the Oscar-winning Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” which grossed upwards of $200 million globally, and “Sonic the Hedgehog,” which earned $307 million worldwide before COVID-19 shut down theaters, making it the highest grossing video game adaptation of all time. He also continued to increase the output of Paramount Television Studios, headed by Nicole Clemens, which produces shows for Amazon (“Jack Ryan,” “Jack Reacher”), Apple TV Plus (“Shantaram,” “Home Before Dark”), HBO Max (“Station Eleven,” “Grease: Rydell High,” “Made for Love”), now-defunct Quibi (“Varsity Blues”) and other platforms.


  • 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
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • EmPOWerment Award
  • Showman of the Year
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Paramount Pictures Is Adapting to New Reality, Jim Gianopulos Tells Tokyo Market

Paramount Pictures Is Adapting to New Reality, Jim Gianopulos Tells Tokyo Market

Delivering a keynote presentation on the opening day of TIFFCOM, Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos said that the Hollywood studio is adapting to the pandemic-era reality.Speaking Wednesday morning (local time), Gianopulos attempted to strike a generally positive note, while also detailing the problems the pandemic has posed for Paramount in particular and the industry as whole. The TIFFCOM market, an adjunct to the Tokyo International Film Festival, runs Nov. 4-6, 2020.In common with other Hollywood majors, Paramount was...


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