Jim Gianopulos
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Jim
Gianopulos

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.

Career

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

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • EmPOWerment Award
  • Showman of the Year
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Brian Robbins Officially Tapped to Lead Paramount

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Brian Robbins has officially been named president and CEO of Paramount Pictures, replacing Jim Gianopulos as head of the studio behind the "Mission: Impossible" and "Transformers" franchises, and setting up a new era in the oversight of one of Hollywood's big movie studios.Robbins will take the reins while continuing in his current post as head of Nickelodeon and as the chief content officer of kids and family for Paramount Plus, the streaming service launched this year by Paramount's parent company...

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