Jim Gianopulos, the former chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, will take over the same position at Paramount Pictures effective April 3, the studio announced Monday.
“Jim is a remarkably talented executive with all the tools — strategic vision, strong business expertise, deep industry and creative relationships — to bring films to life that resonate throughout culture and deliver commercial results,” said Bob Bakish, president/CEO of Viacom, Paramount’s parent company. “I’m thrilled we will have the benefit of his experience, savvy and global expertise as we lay out a clear path forward and begin the next chapter in Paramount’s storied history.”
Gianopulos will replace Brad Grey, who ran the studio for 12 years before parting ways with the company in February.
Prior to his 16 years leading Fox Filmed Entertainment, Gianopulos previously served as president of 20th Century Fox International and also worked at Columbia Pictures and Paramount.
“Paramount is one of Hollywood’s truly iconic studios, and the role it has played in shaping the entertainment industry cannot be overstated,” Gianopulos said. “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.”
— City News Service