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Jim Gianopulos named chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures

Jim GianopulosViacom, a mass media company, announced the appointment of Jim Gianopulos as chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures, effective April 3, 2017.

Mr. Gianopulos has been a leading figure in the global entertainment industry for more than 30 years.

For 16 years, Mr. Gianopulos served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment, overseeing Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios.

During his tenure, Mr. Gianopulos 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, Mr. Gianopulos served as President of 20th Century Fox International.

Prior to joining the company, he held senior positions at Columbia Pictures and Paramount. He began his career as an attorney specializing in entertainment law.

Mr. Gianopulos is Treasurer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Chairman of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and a Trustee of Carnegie Melon University and the American Film Institute.

He also serves on the USC School of Cinematic Arts Board of Councilors.

Mr. Gianopulos attended the LLM program at the New York University School of Law and received his JD from Fordham University School of Law.

He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University.


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