Fireside Chat with Jim Gianopulos
James N. Gianopulos is the Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a role he assumed in April 2017. Paramount Pictures is one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures and television shows, consisting of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
During his career, Mr. Gianopulos has been involved in the evolution of new entertainment media and technologies for more than 30 years, and is recognized as an industry leader.
Prior to joining Paramount, Mr. Gianopulos served as the Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox from 2000 to September 2016. In this role, he oversaw all feature film production, marketing, and global distribution of film and television content in all media for the studio, which includes Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios and Fox International Productions.
During his time as Chairman and CEO of Fox (until 2012 with Tom Rothman), the studio has had its most profitable years ever, and in 2014, Twentieth Century Fox broke the all-time industry global box-office record, earning more than $5.5 billion. This eclipses by more than $350 million the previous record set in 2011. The domestic box office total of $1.8 billion was the studio’s best year ever.
From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Gianopulos also oversaw Twentieth Century Fox Television Studios. Earlier in his career, he served as President of Twentieth Century Fox International from 1994 to 2000; and rom 1992 to 1994 he served as Fox’s President of International Television and Home Entertainment.
Before joining Twentieth Century Fox, Mr. Gianopulos held senior management positions at Paramount and Columbia Pictures, following his career as an attorney specializing in entertainment.
Mr. Gianopulos is a Governor and the Treasurer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a member of the Board of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, serves on the President’s Global Advisory Council of Carnegie Mellon University, and is a Trustee of the American Film Institute. He is involved in a number of civic and philanthropic activities, including serving as Chairman of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, on the National Entertainment Advisory Council for the Anti-Defamation League, and the Board of the X-Prize Foundation. In 2013, the Simon Wiesenthal Center bestowed him their highest honor, The Humanitarian Award.
Mr. Gianopulos attended the master’s program at the New York University School of Law, the Fordham School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1976) and Boston University (BA, 1973).
He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Ann and their three daughters.
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