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Paramount Pictures

Unit of American media conglomerate Viacom add

Category: Business (17)

Founded in 1914.

Countries: United States (75%), (8%), United Kingdom (5%)

Main connections: Viacom, Marvel Studios, DreamWorks Animation

Linked to: Universal Studios, Viacom, DreamWorks Animation, Cedar Fair




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Beginning in 1914, both Lasky and Famous Players released their films through a start-up company, Paramount Pictures Corporation, organized early that year by a Utah theatre owner, W. W. Hodkinson, who had bought and merged several smaller firms add something


George Melford - From there Melford went on to direct another 30 films for Kalem Studios until 1915, when he was hired by Jesse L. Lasky to direct feature-length films for Lasky's Feature Play Company


William S. Hart - In 1915 and 1916 exhibitors voted him the biggest money making star in the US. In 1917 Hart accepted a lucrative offer from Adolph Zukor to join Famous Players-Lasky, which merged into Paramount Pictures


Hall Caine - In 1915, the first version of "The Eternal City" was produced by Paramount Pictures, and in 1923 the Samuel Goldwyn Company shot a remake in Italy


However, Famous Players was actually only one of the companies that merged into Paramount Pictures in 1916 add something


In 1916, Zukor maneuvered a three-way merger of his Famous Players, the Lasky Company, and Paramount add something


Kathlyn Williams - She later married Paramount Pictures executive Charles Eyton on June 2, 1916, in Riverside, California, California


Eventually, Zukor shed most of his early partners; the Frohman brothers, Hodkinson and Goldwyn were out by 1917 while Lasky hung on until 1932, when, blamed for the near-collapse of Paramount in the Depression years, he too was tossed out add something


Olive Thomas - In 1917, she made her full length feature debut in "A Girl Like That" for Paramount Pictures


Enrico Caruso - In 1918, he appeared in a dual role in the American silent film "My Cousin" for Paramount Pictures


Lois Wilson (actress) - After appearing in several films at various studios, Wilson settled in at Paramount Pictures in 1919, where she remained until 1927


Pola Negri - Paramount Pictures mogul Jesse Lasky saw the premiere of "Madame DuBarry" in Berlin in 1919, and Paramount invited Negri to come to Hollywood in 1921


As always, Paramount films continued to emphasize stars; in the 1920s there were Swanson, Valentino, and Clara Bow add something


It was this system that gave Paramount a leading position in the 1920s and 1930s, but which led the government to pursue it on antitrust grounds for more than twenty years add something


Milton Sills - By the early 1920s, Sills was enjoying a highly successful acting career and working for such prominent film studios as MGM, Paramount Pictures, and Pathé Exchange


Bebe Daniels - In the 1920s, Daniels was under contract with Paramount Pictures


Joseph LaShelle - LaShelle's first job in the film industry was as an assistant in the Paramount West Coast Studio lab in 1920


Jean Arthur - The film's producer, David O. Selznick, had briefly romanced Arthur in the late 1920s when they both were with Paramount Pictures


Jean Arthur - With the rise of the talkies in the late 1920s, Arthur was among the many silent screen actors of Paramount Pictures initially unwilling to adapt to sound films


Elsie Ferguson - In 1921, she accepted another contract offer from Paramount Pictures to star in four films to be spread over a two-year period


Leatrice Joy - With her increasing popularity, Joy was sought out by Cecil B. DeMille and signed to contract to Paramount Pictures in 1922 and that same year was cast in the successful high-society drama "Saturday Night" opposite Conrad Nagel


Lois Wilson (actress) - She was chosen by Paramount Pictures to represent the motion picture industry at the British Empire Exposition of 1924


Louise Brooks - As a result of her work in the "Follies", she came to the attention of Paramount Pictures producer Walter Wanger, who signed her to a five-year contract with the studio in 1925


By acquiring the successful Balaban & Katz chain in 1926, he gained the services of Barney Balaban , his brother A. J. Balaban , and their partner Sam Katz add something


Fredric March - He appeared on Broadway in 1926, and by the end of the decade signed a film contract with Paramount Pictures.


In 1927, Famous Players-Lasky took on the name "'Paramount-Famous Lasky Corporation"' add something


The Paramount newsreel series Paramount News ran from 1927 to 1957 add something


When Paramount moved to its present home in 1927, it was in the heart of the film community add something


El Brendel - Brendel left Paramount Pictures in 1927 to return to the vaudeville stage before being coaxed back to Hollywood in 1929, signing a contract with Fox Film Corporation


Frederica Sagor Maas - During 1927, Schulberg, this time with Paramount Pictures, contracted Sagor for a year and she says she worked uncredited on scripts such as Clara Bow's "It", "Red Hair" and "Hula"; and credited for writing the story for Louise Brooks' lost film "Rolled Stockings"


Chester Conklin - Paramount Pictures teamed up Conklin and Fields for a series of comic films between 1927 and 1931


Fay Wray - The following year in 1927, Wray was signed to a contract with Paramount Pictures In 1928, director Erich von Stroheim cast Wray as the main female lead in his film "The Wedding March", released under Paramount, a film noted for its high budget and production values


Peggy Shannon - While on Broadway in 1927, she was spotted by B. P. Schulberg, production head of Paramount Pictures, and was offered a contract


Hall Caine - "The Woman of Knockaloe" was filmed by Paramount Pictures in 1927 as "Barbed Wire"


Also in 1928, Paramount began releasing "Inkwell Imps" animated cartoons produced by Max and Dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios in New York City add something


Claudette Colbert - Colbert did not make any films for two years, but ultimately signed a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1928.


David O. Selznick - He left MGM for Paramount Pictures in 1928, where he worked until 1931, when he joined RKO as Head of Production


Pola Negri - In 1928, Negri made her last film for Paramount Pictures, "The Woman From Moscow", opposite actor Norman Kerry


In 1929 Paramount Released their first musical "Innocents of Paris" Richard A. Whiting and Leo Robin composed the score for the film, Maurice Chevalier starred and sung the most famous song from the film "Louise" add something


James Whale - Whale traveled to Hollywood in 1929 and signed a contract with Paramount Pictures


In the sound era, the logo was accompanied by a fanfare called "Paramount on Parade" after the film of the same name, released in 1930 add something


The words to the fanfare, originally sung in the 1930 film, were "Proud of the crowd that will never be loud, it's Paramount on Parade add something


Bill Robinson - After 1930, black revues waned in popularity, but Robinson remained in vogue with white audiences for more than a decade in some fourteen motion pictures produced by such companies as RKO, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures


Frederick Russell Burnham - In 1930, he and Paramount Pictures founder W. W. Hodkinson started the Central American Aviation Corporation, the first airline in Guatemala


Miriam Hopkins - In 1930, she signed with Paramount Pictures, and made her official film debut in "Fast and Loose"


Ginger Rogers - In 1930, she was signed by Paramount Pictures to a seven-year contract


Carole Lombard - In 1930, she won a contract with Paramount Pictures after having been dropped by both 20th Century and Pathé Exchange


Betty Grable - In the late 1930s, Grable signed a contract with Paramount Pictures, starring in several B-movies, mostly portraying co-eds


Dixie Lee - She had a brief film career, starring in a few features for Bing's home studio Paramount Pictures in the 1930s; her most notable film is probably "Love in Bloom"


June MacCloy - Signed by Paramount Pictures in 1930, she was loaned out to United Artists for her first feature, "Reaching for the Moon " , starring Bebe Daniels, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Edward Everett Horton and Claud Allister


Sergei Eisenstein - In late April 1930, Jesse L. Lasky, on behalf of Paramount Pictures, offered him the opportunity to make a film in the United States.


Mary Boland - After an eleven year absence, in 1931 she returned to Hollywood under contract to Paramount Pictures


Leslie Charteris - Charteris relocated to the United States in 1932, where he continued to publish short stories and became a writer for Paramount Pictures, working on the George Raft film, "The Midnight Club"


Mae West - In 1932, West was offered a motion picture contract by Paramount Pictures, when she was 38 years old, an unusual age to begin a movie career


In 1933, Mae West would add greatly to Paramount's success with her suggestive movies "She Done Him Wrong" and "I'm No Angel" add something


Zukor's over-expansion and use of overvalued Paramount stock for purchases led the company into receivership in 1933 add something


Henry Wilcoxon - Also in 1933, "while acting on stage in "Eight Bells", a talent scout for Paramount Pictures reportedly arranged a screen test which came to the attention of producer-director Cecil B. DeMille in Hollywood


Jean Rogers - However, as a teenager in 1933, she won a local beauty contest sponsored by Paramount Pictures, which helped launch a career in Hollywood


Dorothy Dell - She moved to Hollywood in December 1933 and was signed to a contract by Paramount Pictures


However, a huge blow to Fleischer Studios occurred in 1934, after the Production Code was enforced and Betty Boop's popularity declined as she was forced to have a more tame personality and wear a longer skirt add something


Beryl Wallace - Beryl Wallace made her film debut in 1934 in an uncredited role in the Paramount Pictures film production of Carroll's Broadway play "Murder at the Vanities"


Rex Stout - Rex Stout's anonymous 1934 novel was quickly transformed into a feature film by Paramount Pictures


Marsha Hunt (actress) - She was a singer and a model before Paramount Pictures signed her to a contract in 1934


Alberta Vaughn - On April 8, 1934, Vaughn wed assistant casting director Joseph Egil of Paramount Pictures


In 1935, Paramount-Publix went bankrupt add something


The animation studio would rebound with Popeye, and in 1935, polls showed that Popeye was even more popular than Mickey Mouse add something


Bob Burns (comedian) - After his national radio breakthrough in 1935-1936, Burns moved up to feature roles as a contract player with Paramount Pictures


Raoul Walsh - An undistinguished period followed with Paramount Pictures from 1935 to 1939, but Walsh's career rose to new heights soon after moving to Warner Brothers, with "The Roaring Twenties" featuring James Cagney and Humphrey_Bogart; "Dark Command" with John Wayne and Roy Rogers; "They Drive By Night" with George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, and Bogart; "High Sierra" with Lupino and Bogart again; "They Died with Their Boots On" with Errol Flynn as Custer; "The Strawberry Blonde" with James Cagney and Olivia_de_Havilland; [G


Glenn Miller - Glenn Miller made his first movie appearance in the 1935 Paramount Pictures release The Big Broadcast of 1936 as a member of the Ray Noble Orchestra performing "Why Stars Come Out at Night".


In 1936, Barney Balaban became president, and Zukor was bumped up to chairman of the board add something


Arthur P. Schmidt - By 1936 he was working at a second studio, Paramount Pictures, where he remained for twenty years


Claudette Colbert - In 1936, Colbert signed a new contract with Paramount Pictures, which required her to make seven films over a two-year period, and this contract made her Hollywood's highest paid actress.


Dorothy Lamour - In 1936, she moved to Hollywood and began appearing regularly in films for Paramount Pictures


Martha Raye - In 1936, she was signed for comic roles by Paramount Pictures, and made her first picture for Paramount


In 1938, Paramount bought a stake in television manufacturer DuMont Laboratories add something


Leonard Goldenson, who had headed the chain since 1938, remained as the new company's president add something


Bob Hope - Hope moved to Hollywood when Paramount Pictures signed him for the 1938 film "The Big Broadcast of 1938", starring W. C. Fields


Ellen Drew - She became a fixture at Paramount Pictures from 1938 to 1943, where she appeared in as many as six films per year, including "Sing You Sinners" with Bing Crosby and "The Lady's from Kentucky" with George Raft


Paramount Pictures had been an early backer of television, launching experimental stations in 1939 in Los Angeles and Chicago add something


Artie Shaw - Shaw made several musical shorts in 1939 for Vitaphone and Paramount Pictures.


Dan Rowan - After graduating from high school in 1940, he hitchhiked to Los Angeles, California, and found a job in the mailroom at Paramount Pictures, quickly ingratiating himself with studio head Buddy DeSylva


Robert Ryan - He studied acting in Hollywood and appeared on stage and in small film parts during the early 1940s beginning with "The Ghost Breakers" and "Queen of the Mob" both for Paramount Pictures in 1940


Evelyn Brent - In the early 1940s she worked in the Pine-Thomas "B" action features for Paramount Pictures release


Ayn Rand - In 1941, Paramount Pictures produced a movie version of the play.


Gail Russell - Russell's extraordinary beauty brought her to the attention of Paramount Pictures in 1942


The Chicago station got a commercial license as WBKB in 1943, but was sold to UPT along with Balaban & Katz in 1948, resold to CBS, and eventually became WBBM-TV add something


Bugs Bunny - In 1944, Bugs Bunny made a cameo appearance in "Jasper Goes Hunting", a Puppetoons short produced by rival studio Paramount Pictures


Olivia de Havilland - Following the release of "Devotion", a Hollywood biography of the Brontë sisters filmed in 1943 but withheld from release during the suspension and litigation, de Havilland signed a three picture deal with Paramount Pictures


KTLA and WBBM were recognized by the FCC as DuMont O&O stations, even though the former was only an affiliate in 1947 and the latter never carried a DuMont program add something


Pearl White - The 1947 Paramount Pictures film "The Perils of Pauline", starring Betty Hutton, was a fictionalized biography of Pearl White


Henry Bumstead - Bumstead was born in Ontario, California, California and, following his graduation from University of Southern California, joined Paramount Pictures in 1948


Maureen O'Sullivan - In 1948, she re-appeared on the screen in "The Big Clock," directed by her husband for Paramount Pictures


When the 1949 Paramount Consent Decree forced divestiture by the studios, it did not apply outside the US so Paramount kept its Canadian theater subsidiary add something


It refused to help DuMont as it sank during the 1950s add something


Visitors are able to see set pieces visible in many Paramount movies from the 1950s through today add something


In 1951, Paramount bought a stake in International Telemeter, an experimental pay TV service which operated with a coin inserted into a box add something


Anita Loos - Gigi opened in the fall of 1951 and would run until the spring of 1952; by Hepburn had been elevated to an A-list star, contracted to Paramount Pictures


Carolyn Jones - Jones secured a contract with Paramount Pictures and made her first film in 1952


Most importantly, when DuMont agreed in principle to merge with ABC in 1953, Paramount vetoed the deal in part due to an earlier FCC ruling that Paramount controlled DuMont add something


Maynard Ferguson - In 1953, Ferguson left Kenton to become a session player for Paramount Pictures, soon becoming the first-call player.


Barred from film-making by prior anti-trust rulings, he acquired the struggling ABC television network in February 1953, leading it first to financial health, and eventually, in the mid-1970s, to first place in the national Nielsen ratings, before selling out to Capital Cities in 1985 add something


Jayne Mansfield - Her performance in an October 1953 production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" in Dallas, Texas attracted Paramount Pictures to audition her


The service began operating in Palm Springs, California on November 27, 1953, but due to pressure from the FCC, the service ended on May 15, 1954 add something


Despite Paramount's losses, DeMille would, however, give the studio some relief and create his most successful film at Paramount, a 1956 remake of his 1923 film "The Ten Commandments" add something


Igor Stravinsky - Stravinsky was on the lot of Paramount Pictures when the musical score to the 1956 film The Court Jester was being recorded.


Sophia Loren - Loren became an international film star following her five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958


By the early 1960s, Paramount's future was doubtful add something


Paramount Pictures was not connected to Paramount Records until it purchased the rights to use the name in the late 1960s add something


Stella Stevens - In the early 1960s Stevens was romantically linked in news reports to actor Michael Dante, comedian Allan Drake, Paramount Pictures executive Gant Gaither, and cinema exhibitor Mert Shapiro


Gene Pitney - Though it shares a title with a 1962 John Ford western with the same title, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", starring John Wayne, the song was not used in the film because of a publishing dispute between Famous Music and Paramount Pictures


Howard W. Koch - In 1964, Paramount Pictures appointed him head of film production, a position he held until 1966 when he left to set up his own production company


United Paramount Theaters was renamed ABC Theaters in 1965 and was sold to businessman Henry Plitt in 1974 add something


It marks Paramount's return to having its own animated division for the first time since 1967, when Paramount Cartoon Studios shut down add something


That incarnation of the animation studio continued cartoon production until 1967, but has been historically dismissed as having largely failed to maintain the artistic acclaim the Fleischer brothers achieved under their management add something


Sergio Leone - Based on the success of The Man with No Name trilogy, Leone was invited to the United States in 1967 to direct $Once_Upon_a_Time_in_the_West (C'Era una Volta il West) for Paramount Pictures.


The Paramount name was used for soundtrack albums and some pop re-issues from the Dot Records catalog which Paramount had acquired in 1958 add something


By 1970, Dot had become an all-country label and in 1974, Paramount sold all of its record holdings to ABC Records, which in turn was sold to MCA in 1979 add something


In 1970, Paramount teamed with Universal Studios to form Cinema International Corporation, a new company that would distribute films by the two studios outside the United States add something


Andrew Lloyd Webber - Lloyd Webber had toyed with the idea of writing a musical based on Billy Wilder's critically acclaimed movie, 'Sunset Boulevard', since the early 1970s when he saw the film, but the project didn't come to fruition until after the completion of 'Aspects of Love' when the composer finally managed to secure the rights from Paramount Pictures The composer worked with two collaborators, as he had done on 'Aspects of Love'; this time Christopher Hampton and Don Black shared equal credit for the book and lyrics


Stan Lathan - In 1973, Lathan teamed up with Quincy Jones and Jesse Jackson to produce and direct "Save the Children", a music documentary feature film distributed by Paramount Pictures


Roman Polanski - Polanski returned to Hollywood in 1973 to direct Chinatown for Paramount Pictures.


Don Simpson - He first worked as an actor and got a job Paramount Pictures in 1975


By 1976, a new, television-trained team was in place headed by Barry Diller and his "Killer-Dillers", as they were called by admirers or "Dillettes" as they were called by detractors add something


Paramount Pictures purchased the Hughes Television Network including its satellite time in planning for PTVS in 1976 add something


Michael Eisner - In 1976, Diller, who had by moved on to become chairman of Paramount Pictures, recruited Eisner from ABC and made him president and CEO of the movie studio


Jonathan Demme - After Fighting Mad, Demme directed the comedy film Handle with Care for Paramount Pictures in 1977.


Paramount sold HTN to Madison Square Garden in 1979 add something


Studio executives had begun to call it "the franchise" in the 1980s due to its reliable revenue, and other studios envied its "untouchable and unduplicatable" success add something


In 1981, Cinema International Corporation was reorganized as United International Pictures add something


In August 25, 1983, fire struck the Paramount Studios add something


But Diller believed strongly in the concept, and so took his fourth-network idea with him when he moved to 20th Century Fox in 1984, where Fox's freshly installed proprietor, Rupert Murdoch was a more interested listener add something


Michael Cimino - In 1984, after being unable to finalize a deal with director Herbert Ross, Paramount Pictures offered the job of directing "Footloose" to Cimino. According to screenwriter Dean Pitchford, Cimino was at the helm of "Footloose" for four months, making more and more extravagant demands in terms of set construction and overall production


In 1985, Dawn Steel became head of Motion Picture Production add something


In 1985, Cineplex Odeon Corporation merged with Plitt add something


Eddie Murphy - In 1988, Buchwald sued Murphy and Paramount Pictures, but Murphy was not found liable because Paramount had received the material


Viacom and Paramount had planned to merge as early as 1989 add something


In 1993, Sumner Redstone's entertainment conglomerate Viacom made a bid for a merger with Paramount Communications; this quickly escalated into a bidding war with Barry Diller's QVC add something


Michael Cretu - Cretu was approached by Paramount Pictures to write the soundtrack of the movie "Sliver" and he came up with another 1993 single "Carly's Song" after the main female character's name


Eddie Murphy - "Dreamgirls" was the first film distributed by Paramount Pictures to star Murphy since "Vampire in Brooklyn" in 1995


Allan Carr - Carr had returned to Paramount Pictures to handle the re-release of "Grease" in 1998, which included producing a VH1 television special of the twentieth anniversary Hollywood "premiere" screening and party, and special edition re-releases of the video, DVD, and soundtrack album


Kyle Baker - Baker said in 1999 he was writing a Christmas movie for Paramount Pictures, titled "U Betta Watch Out", and was animating a TV-movie title "Corey Q. Jeeters, I'm Telling on You"


Garth Brooks - In 1999 Brooks and his production company Red Strokes Entertainment, with Paramount Pictures, began to develop a movie in which Brooks would star


Jennifer Aniston - Along with Brad Pitt and Brad Grey, CEO of Paramount Pictures, Aniston founded the film production company Plan B Entertainment in 2002, In 2008, she and partner Kristin Hahn formed the production company Echo Films


Brad Pitt - Along with Jennifer Aniston and Brad Grey, CEO of Paramount Pictures, Pitt founded the film production company Plan B Entertainment in 2002, although Aniston and Grey withdrew in 2005.


Michael Crichton - A "film" based on the book was released in 2003, by Paramount Pictures, with a screen adaptation by Jeff Maguire and George Nolfi, under the direction of Richard Donner


Dave Chappelle - In June 2004, based on the popularity of the "Rick James" sketch, it was announced that Chappelle was in talks to portray Rick James in a biopic from Paramount Pictures


An additional legacy unit, Famous Players Theaters was sold in 2005 to its competitor Cineplex Odeon Corporation add something


As a consequence Paramount fell from No.1 in the international markets to the lowest ranked major studio in 2006 but recovered in 2007 if the DreamWorks films, acquired by Paramount but still distributed internationally by Universal, are included in Paramount's market share add something


In 2006, Paramount became the parent of DreamWorks SKG. Soros Strategic Partners and Dune Entertainment II soon afterwards acquired controlling interest in the live-action films released through September 16, 2005, the latest film in this package was "Just Like Heaven" add something


The board scheduled the division for the first quarter of 2006 add something


The original owned the studio until 2006, when the new Viacom assumed ownership of Paramount add something


Tina Fey - In 2006, Fey worked on a movie script for Paramount Pictures, which was to feature Sacha Baron Cohen, by the name of "Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill", based loosely on the true story of a Hasidic rock musician


The split was completed in January 2006 add something


The remaining live-action films through March 2006 remained under direct Paramount control add something


John Fante - In March 2006, Paramount Pictures released "Ask the Dust", directed by Robert Towne and starring Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek and Donald Sutherland


Kay Thompson - In a December 6, 2006, interview on Turner Classic Movies, Donen said that "Funny Face" was made at Paramount with a primarily MGM crew, including Donen, Edens and Thompson, because Paramount Pictures would not release Hepburn for any film except one made at Paramount


Patrick Dempsey - In 2007, Dempsey starred in the Disney film "Enchanted", and the Paramount Pictures film "Freedom Writers" where he reunited with his "Iron Jawed Angels" co-star Hilary Swank


In early 2008, Paramount partnered with Los Angeles-based developer FanRocket to make short scenes taken from its film library available to users on Facebook add something


Eddie Murphy - He starred in the 2008 film "Meet Dave" and the 2009 film "Imagine That" for Paramount Pictures


On October 6, 2008, DreamWorks executives were starting a new DreamWorks having license from DreamWorks Animation to use the DreamWorks name add something


In 2009, CBS stopped using the Paramount name in its series and changed the name of the production arm to CBS Television Studios, eliminating the Paramount name from television, to distance itself from the latter add something


In March 2010, Paramount founded Insurge Pictures, an independent distributor of "micro budget" films add something


In July 2011, in the wake of critical and box office success of the animated feature, "Rango", and the departure of DreamWorks Animation upon completion of their distribution contract in 2012, Paramount announced the formation of a new division, devoted to the creation of animated productions add something


Megan Fox - In 2012 Paramount Pictures said that Zoe Saldana and Fox will star and produce "Swindle"


In March 2012, Paramount licensed their name and logo to an luxury hotel investment group which subsequently named the company Paramount Hotels and Resorts add something


On April 2013, Paramount Hotels and Dubai-based DAMAC Properties announced the building of the first resort: "DAMAC Towers by Paramount," in Dubai add something


In December 2013, Disney purchased the distribution and marketing rights to future Indiana Jones movies from Paramount with Paramount retaining distribution rights for the first four films and receiving "financial participation" from any additional films add something


In 2014, Paramount Pictures became the first big Hollywood studio that distributes all its films in digital only add something


However in July 2014, DreamWorks Animation purchased Paramount's distribution rights to the pre-2013 library with DreamWorks Animation's current distributor 20th Century Fox will distribute the library add something


In March 2015, following waning box office returns, Paramount shuttered Insurge Pictures and moved its operations to the main studio add something


In February 2016, Viacom CEO and newly-appointed chairman Philippe Dauman announced that the conglomerate is in talks to find an investor to purchase a minority stake in Paramount add something


On March 27, 2017, Jim Gianopulos is named as a chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures add something


Paramount Players was formed by Paramount Pictures with the July 2017 hiring of Brian Robbins, founder of AwesomenessTV, Tollin/Robbins Productions and Varsity Pictures, as the division president add something


In 2018, they will transfer to Universal Pictures add something


On January 12, 2018, CNBC reported that CBS and Viacom re-entered talks to merge add something


In April 2018, Paramount posted its first quarterly profit since 2015 add something


On July 31, 2018, Paramount was targeted by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the National Latino Media Council, which have both claimed that the studio has the worst track record of hiring Latino and Hispanic talent both in front of and behind the camera add something


On September 9, 2018, following Moonves' resignation due to sexual harassment allegations, National Amusements agreed to defer any proposal of a CBS-Viacom merger for at least two years after the date of the settlement add something


On November 16, 2018, Paramount signed a multi-picture film deal with Netflix as part of Viacom's growth strategy, making Paramount the first major film studio to do so add something


On May 30, 2019, CNBC reported that CBS Corporation and Viacom would explore merger discussions in mid-June 2019 add something


On August 2, 2019, the two companies agreed to merge back into one entity add something