Jim Gianopulos

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Jim Gianopulos
Jim Gianopulos Rio premiere.jpg
Gianopulos at the premiere of Rio, 2011
Alma materBoston University (B.A.)
Fordham University (J.D.)
New York University (LL.M.)
OccupationEntertainment executive
Spouse(s)Katie Boland Ann Gianopulos
ChildrenAlexa Gianopulos, Mimi Gianopulos, Niki Gianopulos

James N. Gianopulos (Greek: Δημήτρης Γιαννόπουλος) is an American businessman. He served as the head of 20th Century Fox and most recently as the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Paramount Pictures until his ouster in September 2021.

Early life

James N. Gianopulos was born in 1952 in Brooklyn, New York City. He is a second-generation Greek American. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973, received a Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law in 1976, and a LLM program from the New York University School of Law.[1]


He started his career by working at Paramount and Lorimar. He then worked in the International Distribution department of Fox Filmed Entertainment.[2][3][4]

He was co-chair of Fox Filmed Entertainment with Tom Rothman from 2000 to 2012.[2][3][5] In 2006, the Gianopulos and Rothman team had greenlit twenty movies that produced over $100 million domestically ($134 million in current dollars)[6][7] and 26 movies that fetched $100 million internationally ($134 million in current dollars).[6][7].

He took over as the sole chairman of Fox beginning in 2012.[8] In this position, he served as the head of 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Fox 2000, Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios, Fox International Productions and Fox Home Entertainment.[5] He has argued for a closer relationship between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, especially with regards to anti-piracy efforts.[5]

He serves on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.[4][9] He is also on the Board of Trustees of the X Prize Foundation as well as the Board of the University of Southern California Entertainment Technology Committee.[3] Gianopulos is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.[10]

In 2013, he joined USC's School of Cinematic Arts Board of Councilors.[11]

In March 2017, he was named Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, after the dismissal of the late Brad Grey.[12] Gianopulos began his duties on April 3, 2017.[13]

It was announced that CBS and Viacom (parent company of Paramount Pictures) would recombine as ViacomCBS in December 2019. Jim Gianopulos was confirmed to continue on as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures under the merged ViacomCBS.[14] Gianopulos was fired from Paramount in September 2021 and replaced by Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins.[15]

Personal life

He is married to his second wife Ann Gianopulos.[1] They have three daughters named Alexa, Niki, and Mimi.[1]


  1. ^ a b c National Innovation Conference 2014: James Gianopulos
  2. ^ a b Brent Lang, Fox’s Jim Gianopulos Leads Studio Through Uncertain Times, Variety, August 19, 2014
  3. ^ a b c X Prize Foundation: Board of Trustees
  4. ^ a b Bloomberg BusinessWeek: James N. Gianopulos
  5. ^ a b c Kim Masters, Matthew Belloni, Jim Gianopulos Closing New Long-Term Deal at 20th Century Fox, The Hollywood Reporter, January 11, 2013
  6. ^ a b "Consumer Price Index: All Urban Consumers, U.S. City Average, All Items[permanent dead link]," U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. April 15, 2009. (Retrieved 2009-05-13.)
  7. ^ a b 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  8. ^ Kim Masters, Rothman Leaving 20th Century Fox, The Hollywood Reporter, September 14, 2012
  9. ^ Motion Picture and Television Fund: Board of Directors
  10. ^ "Academy Museum Names New Board of Trustees | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  11. ^ "Jim Gianopulos Joins Board of Councilors". USC School of Cinematic Arts. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  12. ^ Faughnder, Ryan; James, Meg (March 27, 2017). "Jim Gianopulos is tasked with turning around struggling Paramount Pictures". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  13. ^ McClintock, Pamela (March 27, 2017). "Jim Gianopulos to Run Paramount Pictures for Viacom". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  14. ^ "Jim Gianopulos Confirmed as Paramount Chairman and CEO for Merged ViacomCBS". The Hollywood Reporter. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  15. ^ Hayes, Dade (13 September 2021). "Paramount Pictures Revamp Made Official By ViacomCBS: Jim Gianopulos Exits, Brian Robbins Takes Over; David Nevins Adds Par TV To Portfolio". Deadline.

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