Friday, July 12, 2024

Former Child Star Turned Producer Brian Robbins Becomes Head of Paramount Pictures, Replaces Jim Gianopolous


If you were a kid in the mid to late 80s, you knew Brian Robbins as a student named Eric in “Head of the Class.” It was a “Welcome Back Kotter” type show.

Now Robbins, 57, is head of Paramount Pictures. Bravo him. He worked his way up as a producer for the last 27 years, with credit after credit. Most recently he’s been the president of Nickelodeon and kids’ programming at Paramount.

Robbins’ appointment was announced today. He replaces Jim Gianopolous, 70, who came from 20th Century Fox and found himself in a mess when the pandemic struck. Paramount’s entire pandemic release schedule consists of “A Quiet Place, Part 2.” Everything else was sold off, postponed, or streamed. More recently, Paramount’s big family film, “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” was pulled from the schedule because of pandemic worries. (Or because it wasn’t ready.) Cliff was listed as a gala at TIFF, but that was scrubbed as well.

Gianopolous was old school and reportedly didn’t get along with Shari Redstone, who owns Viacom, the parent company. Robbins is “young” and new blood and will tackle Paramount’s problems. He’s gone to the head of the class!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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