Paramount Players is an American film studio that is the division of Paramount Pictures
, focusing on "contemporary properties" while working with other ViacomCBS
brands. The name alludes to the company's earliest origins as Famous Players Film Company
, before its 1914 founding by William Wadsworth Hodkinson
On June 7, 2017, Jim Gianopulos
, who joined Paramount Pictures as the Chairman and CEO in March, announced the launch of the Paramount Players division with Brian Robbins
, the founder and former CEO of AwesomenessTV
, as president. Robbins will work with Viacom
, Comedy Central
operations to generate projects while the new division focuses on "contemporary properties."
The division was created after Paramount and Viacom expressed disappointment at Comedy Central stars Jordan Peele
and Amy Schumer
producing their own films (2017's ''Get Out
'' and 2015's ''Trainwreck
'', respectively) for Universal Pictures
due to feeling "unwelcome" by Paramount's former executives.
On August 17, 2017, Paramount Players acquired its first project, which is a film adaptation of the book ''Vacation Guide to the Solar System'' by Jonathan Goldstein
and John Francis Daley
On October 1, 2018, Brian Robbins left his position as the president of Paramount Players after Viacom tapped him to be the president of Nickelodeon
, ending his 16-month run at the studio. Despite leaving the studio, he will remain involved with Paramount Players' Nickelodeon films (''Dora and the Lost City of Gold'' and ''Playing with Fire''). Wyck Godfrey, the president of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group, is serving as interim and will oversee day-to-day operations with support from Robbins until Paramount finds a new president for the studio.
On June 30, 2020, Emma Watts replaced Wyck Godfrey as the president of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group and began on July 20th (Godfrey returned to producing). In October, Watts tapped Jeremy Kramer as president.
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