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Jeffrey Katzenberg Recalls How His Father’s Generosity in Gifting $100 to Strangers Inspired Lifetime of Philanthropy

When Jeffrey Katzenberg was a kid growing up in New York, his father Walter, “a very successful, man-about-town stockbroker,” always carried a wad of discreetly folded $100 bills. As he moved through the day, Walter would “quietly and stealthily” slip one to people in his orbit, whether it be “a doorman, a waiter, a valet, […]

‘Top Gun: Maverick’: Jerry Bruckheimer Says Single Phone Call From Tom Cruise to Paramount Ignited Sequel

Top Gun: Maverick has been a long time coming for Jerry Bruckheimer. The prolific producer behind the original Top Gun attempted to get a sequel off the ground once the Tony Scott-helmed and Tom Cruise-led film became 1986’s biggest worldwide hit with $357 million in box office. But development never seemed to take off, and […]

Seth Willenson, Marketing Executive and ‘Gas Food Lodging’ Producer, Dies at 74

Seth Willenson, a marketing, finance and distribution executive who worked for New Line Cinema and Paramount, gave early career breaks to Jim Gianopulos, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard and produced Allison Anders’ Gas Food Lodging, has died. He was 74. Willenson died Friday at his home in Los Angeles after a long bout with heart […]

ViacomCBS CFO: Streaming Content Spend Will Double in 2021

Why did ViacomCBS shake up the leadership at its Paramount Pictures division this week? According to CFO Naveen Chopra, the move is about making sure the company can adapt to a rapidly changing entertainment environment. Speaking at a Bank of America conference Tuesday, Chopra heaped praise on outgoing Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos, saying that he […]

ViacomCBS Makes Paramount Shake-Up Official

The shake-up at Paramount is official. Brian Robbins, who oversees Nickelodeon for parent company ViacomCBS, will add oversight of the famed movie studio. Jim Gianopulos, who has led Paramount since 2017, will step aside effective immediately, but serve as an advisor through the end of the year. In addition, David Nevins will add oversight of […]

Jim Gianopulos to Exit Paramount Pictures, Brian Robbins to Take Over as Chairman and CEO

Jim Gianopulos will be leaving Paramount as chairman and CEO, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Brian Robbins, who currently runs kids network Nickelodeon for parent company ViacomCBS, will take over. A source familiar with the situation says Robbins will continue to oversee Nickelodeon and kids and family content at streaming service Paramount+. The Wall Street […]

Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos on Biden: “Let’s See What Joe Can Do With His Sharpie”

Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, an early Biden supporter and fundraiser, on watching election returns ("The pain of 2016 came rushing back") and his hopes for the new administration: "I guess the biggest challenge is how much he can do by executive order"

Tokyo: Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos Says Box Office Recovery in Japan, China Proves “Audiences Want to Return to Theaters”

Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos delivered a keynote address to Tokyo's TIFFCOM content market Wednesday, offering a detailed recap of how COVID-19 has reshaped the movie business in 2020. The veteran studio head's assessment, delivered via video, was sober-minded but also optimistic. "I firmly believe the entertainment industry will emerge from this experience stronger than ever before," Gianopulos said.

Watch Hollywood Reporter’s Full Studio Chief Summit With Execs From Netflix, Amazon, Sony and More

Toby Emmerich (Warner Bros.), Donna Langley (Universal), Jim Gianopulos (Paramount), Alan Horn (Disney), Tom Rothman (Sony), Jennifer Salke (Amazon) and Scott Stuber (Netflix) join for a first-ever gathering of the top film executives.

Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos Meets With Pope Francis

The studio's chief was at the Vatican on Nov. 14 to join tech execs from Google, Apple and Facebook for a discussion on how to shield children from harmful media and promote "Digital Child Dignity."

Jim Gianopulos Confirmed as Paramount Chairman and CEO for Merged ViacomCBS

Viacom and CBS Corp. confirmed top content executive roles for when they complete their recombination, including that Jim Gianopulos will oversee filmed entertainment operations, continuing as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

Studio Chief Summit: All 7 Top Film Executives, One Room, Nothing Off-Limits (and No Easy Answers)

For the first time, all major studio heads — Paramount's Jim Gianopulos, Disney's Alan Horn, Warner Bros.' Toby Emmerich, Universal's Donna Langley, Sony's Tom Rothman, Amazon's Jennifer Salke and Netflix's Scott Stuber — gather for The Hollywood Reporter's Executive Roundtable.