Following a Wall Street Journal report on Friday morning (Sept. 10), it has been confirmed to various outlets that Brian Robbins (pictured), the head of ViacomCBS’ kids and family entertainment through Nickelodeon, will take over from Jim Gianopulos as Paramount chairman and CEO.
Gianopulos has run the film studio since 2017, and is expected to stay on to assist with the leadership transition, the Journal‘s report states. Gianopulos continued in the role after Paramount’s parent company, Viacom, recombined with CBS in 2019.
Prior to working his most recent role at Paramount, Gianopulos worked at Fox where he oversaw 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Fox 2000, Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, Fox International Productions and Fox Home Entertainment.
Robbins’ promotion caps off a fast-paced rise through Paramount’s ranks. In 2017, the former actor and founder of AwesomenessTV became the president of Paramount Players, a division of the studio geared towards producing film content derived from ViacomCBS’s cable network IP. The next year, Robbins left the position to become president of Nickelodeon.