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Viacom names Jim Gianopulos as Paramount Pictures chairman, CEO

MUMBAI: US media conglomerate Viacom has appointed Jim Gianopulos as Paramount Pictures chairman, CEO effective 3 April.

Gianopulos will report directly to Viacom president, CEO Bob Bakish.  He was earlier the head of Murdoch’s 20th Century Fox. At Paramount he replaces Brad Grey.

In his role with Paramount, Gianopulos will oversee the studio’s film and television operations worldwide, including production, marketing, distribution and all other facets. He also will be charged with setting 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 global footprint.

Bakish, said, “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. 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 said, “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. I am eager to get to work with Bob and the rest of the Viacom and Paramount teams to ensure Paramount continues to deliver rich, powerful films and television programming for all audiences.”

Gianopulos has been a leading figure in the global entertainment industry for more than 30 years. For 16 years, he served as Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman, CEO overseeing Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios. During his tenure, he oversaw numerous box office hits, ranging from “Avatar” and the “X-Men” series, to “The Descendants” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and most recently “Deadpool” and “Hidden Figures.”

Previously, Gianopulos served as 20th Century Fox International president. Prior to joining the company, he held senior positions at Columbia Pictures and Paramount. He began his career as an attorney specialising in entertainment law.