Viacom has appointed Jim Gianopulos as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, effective April 3, 2017.
Gianopulos will report directly to Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom, and will oversee the studio’s global film and television operations, including production, marketing, distribution and all other facets. He will also be responsible for overseeing a new strategy for Paramount, including developing new content, strengthening Paramount’s slate with co-branded releases from Viacom flagship brands, and expanding the studio’s worldwide footprint.
Gianopulos is a veteran of the entertainment industry, with more than 30 years of experience. For 16 years, he served as chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, overseeing Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios.
Previously, Gianopulos served as president of 20th Century Fox International. Prior to joining the company, he held senior positions at Columbia Pictures and Paramount. He began his career as an attorney specializing in entertainment law. He is also the treasurer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, chairman of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and a trustee of Carnegie Melon University and the American Film Institute. He also serves on the USC School of Cinematic Arts Board of Councilors.
“Paramount is one of Hollywood’s truly iconic studios, and the role it has played in shaping the entertainment industry cannot be overstated. Looking ahead, I see a strong opportunity to position the studio for success by creating valuable franchise opportunities, developing fresh creative ventures, and mining Viacom’s deep brand portfolio to bring exciting new narratives to life,” said Gianopulos, in a statement.