Magazine article Screen International

Jim Gianopulos to Run Paramount Pictures

Magazine article Screen International

Jim Gianopulos to Run Paramount Pictures

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Studio veteran will commence search for vice-chairman candidates.

Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish ended weeks of speculation on Monday when he announced Jim Gianopulos has been named chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

Gianopulos, the vastly experienced former chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, will start his new job on April 3 and replaces Brad Grey, who departed in February following a poor run at the box office in 2016.

The new hire will oversee Paramount's film and television operations worldwide, including production, marketing, distribution and all other facets.

He will oversee a new pipeline of content and develop co-branded releases from parent company Viacom's other flagship brands - BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Nick Jr - a strategy Bakish outlined earlier this year.

Gianopulos will also search for a vice-chairman. Producer Mike De Luca had been linked to that role before he took himself out of the race recently.

"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," Bakish, to whom Gianopulos will report, said in a statement. …

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