Category:Paramount Pictures executives
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1. Hiram Abrams – Hiram Abrams was an early American movie mogul and one of the first presidents of Paramount Pictures. He was also the first managing director of United Artists, hiram was born in Portland, Maine, the son of a Russian jew immigrant who became a real estate broker. Hiram Abrams left school at the age of sixteen, sold newspapers, by 1909, he began marketing films, and later became a distributor. Through the motion picture industry, Abrams became acquainted with W. W. Hodkinson, when Hodkinson denied Paramount producers Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky more of the profits, Zukor - in a Machiavellian plot - devised a coup. Zukor and Lasky sold Hodkinson more of their rights and, using that money, they purchased Paramount stock to, by 1916. Then with Abrams, Steele and Sherry they used this majority to vote Hodkinson out, Abrams took over as president and Steele as treasurer. In 1917, Abrams, while in Boston, organized a party for Fatty Arbuckle, Zukor, Lansky, eventually, the party, sans Arbuckle, moved to Mishawum Manor, an inn of notorious reputation. Willing women appeared, and later a photographer, a few days later it became evident the moguls had been caught in a badger game. Daniel Coakley, a notoriously crooked Boston lawyer, threatened arrest on morals charges, studio lawyers were hastily summoned and eventually $100,000 was paid to have the charges dropped. It is likely this escapade cost Abrams his job, as Zukor fired him soon afterwards, Abrams was appointed its managing director. During the companys early years, there were serious problems, the United Artists could not produce a continuous flow of films for theaters and suffered serious distribution problems caused by competing firms. Schulberg walked away within two months, roughly a year later, he sued Abrams, alleging Abrams had breached their partnership agreement. These distribution problems were not solved until Joseph Schenck, Abrams successor, during Abrams tenure, however, United Artists did release Griffiths Way Down East and Chaplins The Gold Rush. Both were enormously successful becoming two of the top ten grossing films of the 1920s, Abrams involvement in United Artists, and his life, ended in Manhattan on 15 November 1926, from a sudden cardiac incident, aged 48. Abrams influence in the industry continued for twenty years after his death. While in Boston, around 1912, Abrams had visited Edward Golden, Golden was impressed with Abrams wealth. Golden looked into the business, started promoting films, moved to Hollywood. His biggest success, Hitlers Children, came during World War II, filmed for $200,000, it grossed $3.25 million
2. Barry Diller – Diller is a member of the Television Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1994. Diller was born into a Jewish household in San Francisco, California, Diller began his career through a family connection in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency after dropping out of UCLA after one semester. He was promoted to Vice President of Development in 1965, in this position, Diller created the ABC Movie of the Week, pioneering the concept of the made-for-television movie through a regular series of 90-minute films produced exclusively for television. Diller served for ten years as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures Corporation starting in 1974. with Children, Diller quit 20th Century Fox in 1992 and purchased a $25 million stake in QVC teleshopping network. Diller then launched a bid to purchase Paramount Communications, but lost it to Viacom, Diller resigned from QVC in 1995. Along with this acquisition, Diller also purchased the rights to the USA Network from the Bronfman family, Diller eventually sold the TV assets to Univision after rejecting a bid from The Walt Disney Company. The USA Network and its assets were sold off to Vivendi. Diller retained the assets of the Home Shopping Network and the subsequent Internet assets he acquired later to bolster the HSN Online stable that later became IAC/InterActiveCorp, in 2005, IAC/InterActiveCorp acquired Ask. com, marking a strategic move into the Internet search category. He stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp on December 2,2010, the new headquarters for the IAC/InterActiveCorp, IAC Building was designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 2007 at 18th Street and the West Side Highway in Manhattans Chelsea neighborhood. The western half of the block is dedicated to the building, the extra floors guarantee a panoramic Hudson River view from Dillers sixth-floor office. Diller has been on the board of Coca-Cola since 2002, in 2003, on the PBS TV program NOW with Bill Moyers, Diller vocalized a strong warning against media consolidation. In the interview he referred to media ownership by a few big corporations as an oligarchy, Diller was the highest-paid executive according to a report by The New York Times on Thursday, October 26,2006 with a total compensation package in excess of $295 million. In an opinion article in the New York Times of Nov 7,2006, Nicholas D. Kristof awarded him his annual Michael Eisner Award, consisting of a $5 shower curtain, for corporate rapacity and laziness. Diller is responsible for what the media dubs The Killer Dillers – people whom Diller mentored, Diller worked with Stephen Chao at Fox Television Network, whom he later hired as President of Programming and Marketing at USA Network. In 2001, Diller married fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, mother of Alexander von Fürstenberg and he is a member of the Democratic Party and supporter of related political causes. As of October 2015, Dillers estimated net worth was $2.6 billion, in 2012 Diller donated $30 million to the Hollywood Fund, which provides health and social care to retired individuals from the show-business world. In 2011 the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation announced a donation of $20 million to support the completion of the High Line park project in Manhattan. In 2015, Diller and his wife committed to donate US$113 million toward a public park and performance space on a pier in the Hudson River
3. Michael Eisner – Michael Dammann Eisner is an American businessman. Eisner is best known as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 until 2005. Prior to Disney, Eisner was President and CEO of rival studio, Paramount Pictures, from 1976 to 1984, and had brief stints at the major television networks, NBC, CBS. Eisner was born to an affluent, secular Jewish family in Mount Kisco and his mother, Margaret, whose family founded the American Safety Razor Company, was the president of the Irvington Institute, a hospital that treated children with rheumatic fever. His father, Lester Eisner, Jr. was a lawyer and regional administrator of the United States Department of Housing and his parents were both descendents of German Jewish immigrants and Eisner had 16 relatives who were killed in the Holocaust. He was raised on Park Avenue in Manhattan and he is a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and credits much of his accomplishments to his time at Keewaydin Canoe Camp for boys in Vermont. Eisner has one sister, Margot Freedman, after two brief stints at NBC and CBS, Barry Diller at ABC hired Eisner as Assistant to the National Programming Director. Eisner moved up the ranks, eventually becoming a vice president in charge of programming. In 1976, Diller, who had by then moved on to become chairman of Paramount Pictures, recruited Eisner from ABC and made him president, Diller left Paramount in 1984, and, as his protégé, Eisner expected to assume Dillers position as studio chief. When he was passed over for the job, though, he left to look for work elsewhere, since the death of founder Walt Disney in 1966, The Walt Disney Company had narrowly survived several takeover attempts. Its shareholders Sid Bass and Roy E. Disney brought in Eisner and former Warner Brothers chief Frank Wells to replace Ron W. Miller in 1984 and strengthen the company. In addition to his duties as Chairman and CEO, Eisner was also the presenter of The Wonderful World of Disney TV series, Eisner was well recognized by children at the companys theme parks who often asked him for autographs. During the second half of the 1980s and early 1990s, Disney was revitalized, beginning with the films Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Little Mermaid, its flagship animation studio enjoyed a series of commercial and critical successes. Disney also broadened its offerings in film when then Disney Studio Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg acquired Miramax Films in 1993. Disney acquired many other sources, including ABC and ESPN. While some of the proposals were completed, most were not, Wells died in a helicopter crash in 1994. When Eisner did not appoint Walt Disney Studios chief Jeffrey Katzenberg to Wells now available post, Katzenberg resigned, the Ovitz episode engendered a long running derivative suit, which finally concluded in June 2006, almost 10 years later. Chandler, III of the Delaware Court of Chancery, despite describing Eisners behavior as falling far short of what shareholders expect, found in favor of Eisner and the rest of the Disney board because they had not violated the letter of the law
4. Robert Evans – Robert Evans is an American film producer and former studio executive, best known for his work on Rosemarys Baby, Love Story, The Godfather and Chinatown. Evans began his career in a business venture with his brother. In 1956, while on a trip, he was by chance spotted by actress Norma Shearer. Thus he began a film acting career. While there, he improved the ailing Paramounts fortunes through a string of commercially and critically acclaimed films, in 1974 he stepped down in order to produce films on his own. In 1993 he began to produce films on a regular basis. Evans was born Robert J. Shapera in New York City, New York, the son of Florence, a housewife who came from a family, and Archie Shapera. He has described both of his parents as second-generation Jews and he grew up on New York Citys Upper West Side during the 1930s, where he was better off than most people living during the Great Depression. In his early years, he did work for Evan-Picone. He was spotted by actress Norma Shearer next to the pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Election Day,1956 and she successfully touted him for the role of her late husband Irving Thalberg in Man of a Thousand Faces. In 1959, he appeared in Twentieth Century Foxs production of The Best of Everything with Hope Lange, Diane Baker, dissatisfied with his own acting talent, he was determined to become a producer. Peter Bart, a writer for The New York Times, wrote an article about Evans’ aggressive production style and this got Evans noticed by Charles Bluhdorn, who was head of the Gulf+Western conglomerate, and hired Evans as part of a shakeup at Paramount Pictures. When Evans took over as head of production for Paramount, the studio was the ninth largest. Despite his inexperience, Evans was able to turn the studio around and he made Paramount the most successful studio in Hollywood and transformed it into a very profitable enterprise for Gulf+Western. Other producers at Paramount felt this gave Evans an unfair advantage, after the huge critical and commercial success of the Evans-produced Chinatown, he stepped down as production chief, which enabled him to produce films on his own. From 1976 to 1980, working as an independent producer, he continued his streak of films with Marathon Man, Black Sunday, Popeye. After 1980, his output became both more infrequent and less critically acclaimed. He produced only two films over the twelve years, The Cotton Club and The Two Jakes
5. Jim Gianopulos – James N. Jim Gianopulos is a Greek-American businessman. He serves as the chairman and chief officer of Paramount Pictures. James N. Gianopulos was born in New York City and he is a second-generation Greek American. He started his career by working at Paramount and Lorimar and he then worked in the International Distribution department of Fox Filmed Entertainment. He was co-chair of Fox Filmed Entertainment with Tom Rothman from 2000 to 2012, in 2006, the Gianopoulos and Rothman team had greenlit twenty movies that produced over $100 million domestically and 26 movies that fetched $100 million internationally. He took over as the chairman of Fox beginning in 2012. 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 he has argued for a closer relationship between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, especially with regards to anti-piracy efforts. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture & Television Fund and 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. In 2013 he joined USCs School of Cinematic Arts Board of Councilors, in March 2017, he was named Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, after the dismissal of Brad Grey. Gianapoulous will begin his duties on April 3rd,2017 and he is married to Ann Gianopulos. They have three daughters named Alexa, Nikki, and Mimi
6. William Wadsworth Hodkinson – William Wadsworth Hodkinson, known more commonly as W. W. Hodkinson, was born in Pueblo, Colorado. Known as The Man Who Invented Hollywood, he opened one of the first movie theaters in Ogden, Utah in 1907 and within just a few years changed the way movies were produced, distributed, and exhibited. Hodkinson was also responsible for doodling the mountain became the Paramount logo in 1914. He left motion picture business in 1929 to form Hodkinson Aviation Corporation, as a young man, Hodkinson was a messenger with the Western Union Telegraph Company, and he worked for other companies as a messenger, callboy, telegrapher, and signal operator. In 1902, he was a bicycle rider and later became a salesman with I. C. S. Hodkinson opened one of the first movie theaters in Ogden, Utah in 1907, two-years later, he was charging ten-cents admission and changing films twice weekly. With this successful strategy he was able to buy out his two competitors as he expanded into Salt Lake City, Utah. Hodkinson then joined General Film Company and became one of the leading West Coast film distributors, expanding into Los Angeles, on May 8,1914, Hodkinson merged 11 film rental bureaus to create the first U. S. -wide distributor of feature films, Paramount Pictures. In addition to gaining a huge advantage over the previous regional States Rights and Road Show systems of film distribution. Laskys Feature Play Company, and others, hodkinsons plan guaranteed exhibitors a steady supply of features because Paramount would help producers finance and advertise their pictures with advance rentals collected by the exchanges. In return, Paramount charged producers a fee of 35 percent of gross to cover operating costs. The Hodkinson System of film distribution existed with few changes for almost a century, Hodkinson first designed the Paramount logo in 1914. Legend has it that he doodled an image of a mountain on a napkin during a meeting with Adolph Zukor. It was an image of Pikes Peak he remembered from his childhood in Pueblo, CO, in 1916, Famous Players-Lasky formed from the merger of Famous Players Film Company and the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company. The newly merged film studios acquired Paramount and became the parent company, Zukor soon fired Hodkinson and took over as president of Paramount and added motion-picture production to the companys film distribution business. Following his ouster, Hodkinson sold his Paramount interest to S. A. Lynch, Hodkinson soon joined Raymond Pawley to start Superpictures Incorporated in November 1916, and was the producer for the Leon F. Douglass color feature film Cupid Angling. Hodkinson also served as president of the Triangle Distributing Company, the arm of the Triangle Film Corporation. Hodkinson owned Triangle Distributing together with Pawley and his Paramount partner Lynch, after leaving Triangle, Hodkinson formed the W. W. Hodkinson Company, later reorganized as Producers Distributing Corporation
7. Jeffrey Katzenberg – Jeffrey Katzenberg is an American businessman, film studio executive and film producer. As a founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation, he has overseen the production of such animated franchises as Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens and he has since founded a new media and technology company called WndrCo. Katzenberg has also involved in politics. With his active support of Barack Obama, he was called one of Hollywoods premier political kingmakers, Katzenberg was born in New York City, to a Jewish family, the son of Anne, an artist, and Walter Katzenberg, a stockbroker. He attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, graduating in 1969, when he was 14, Katzenberg volunteered to work on Republican John Lindsays successful New York mayoral campaign. He quickly received the nickname Squirt and attended as many meetings as he could, Katzenberg began his career as an assistant to producer David Picker, then in 1974 he became an assistant to Barry Diller, the Chairman of Paramount Pictures. He continued to work his way up and became president of production under Paramounts president, in 1984, Michael Eisner became Chief Executive Officer at The Walt Disney Company. Eisner brought Katzenberg with him to charge of Disney’s motion picture division. Katzenberg was responsible for reviving the studio which, at the time, by 1987, Disney had become the number-one studio at the box office. Katzenberg also oversaw Touchstone Television, which produced such hit TV series as The Golden Girls, under his management, the animation department eventually began creating some of Disneys most critically acclaimed and highest grossing animated features. In addition, Katzenberg also sealed the deal created the highly successful partnership between Pixar and Disney and the deal that brought Miramax Films into Disney. Concerns arose internally at Disney, particularly from Roy E. Disney, when Eisner’s second in command, Frank Wells, died in a helicopter crash in 1994, Eisner refused to promote Katzenberg to the vacated position of president. Tensions between Katzenberg, Eisner and Disney resulted in Katzenberg being forced to resign from the company that October, Katzenberg launched a lawsuit against Disney to recover money he felt he was owed and settled out of court for an estimated $250 million. Later in 1994, Katzenberg co-founded DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, since then, DreamWorks animated feature films have been consistently successful financially and critically with several Annie Awards and Academy Awards nominations and wins. In 2004, DreamWorks Animation was spun off from DreamWorks as a company headed by Katzenberg in an IPO and has recorded mostly profitable quarters since then. The live-action DreamWorks movie studio was sold to Viacom in December 2005, in 2008, the live-action DreamWorks studio again became an independent production company, releasing its films through Disney. In 2006, Katzenberg made an appearance on the season of The Apprentice. He awarded the winners a opportunity to be character voices in Over the Hedge
8. Sherry Lansing – Sherry Lansing is an American former actress and film studio executive. She is a former CEO of Paramount Pictures, and when she was the president of production at 20th Century Fox, in 2005, she became the first female movie studio head to place hand and foot prints at the Graumans Chinese Theater. In 2001, she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal, Lansing was born Sherry Lee Duhl in Chicago, Illinois on July 31,1944. Her mother, Margaret Margot Heimann, fled from Nazi Germany in 1937 at the age of 17 and her father, David Duhl, was a real-estate investor who died when she was nine. Her mother remarried and died in 1984 from ovarian cancer and she was raised in a Jewish household. Lansing attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and graduated in 1962, in 1966, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Northwestern University, where she was a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority. Lansing married Academy Award winning director William Friedkin on July 6,1991, by this marriage, Lansing has two stepsons, Jack and Cedric. Lansing pursued a career but, dissatisfied with her own acting skills. She took a job with MGM as head script reader and worked on two films, The China Syndrome and Kramer vs. Kramer. Lansings work at MGM eventually led, after a stint at Columbia Pictures, to an appointment in 1980, at age 35 and she was also a partner in Jaffe/Lansing Productions with Stanley R. Jaffe. In 1992, she was offered the chairmanship of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group, during her tenure at Paramount, the studio enjoyed its longest and most successful string of releases since the 30s. Under Lansing, the studio produced such hits as Forrest Gump, Braveheart. Six of the ten highest grossing Paramount films were released during her tenure which included three Academy Awards for Best Picture, overall, 80% of the films released by Lansing were profitable, a track record unmatched by any other long term studio management leader. As studio chief, she focused on bottom-line cost rather than market share, preferring to take fewer risks and she is a Regent of the University of California. In 2005, she created The Sherry Lansing Foundation which is dedicated to raising awareness and she is a recipient of UCLA Anderson School of Managements highest honor-the Exemplary Leadership in Management Award. In 2007, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work in research at the 79th Academy Awards. The award was presented to her by Tom Cruise, her longtime friend, in 2011, Lansing pledged $5 million to University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to build a new arts wing, including a 250-seat performance venue. As of March 2013, Lansing was a member of the Board of Directors of the Dole Food Company, beginning in 2012, she has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the W. M. Keck Foundation
9. Jesse L. Lasky – Jesse Louis Lasky was an American pioneer motion picture producer. He was a key founder of Paramount Pictures with Adolph Zukor, born in San Francisco, California, he worked at a variety of jobs but began his entertainment career as a vaudeville performer that led to the motion picture business. In 1911 Lasky was the producer of two Broadway musicals, Hello, Paris and A La Broadway, presumably this is how Cecil B. DeMille knew him before they ventured into motion pictures in 1913. Laskys sister, Blanche, married Samuel Goldwyn and in 1913 Lasky, deMille and Oscar Apfel to form the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company. With limited funds, they rented a barn near Los Angeles where they made Hollywoods first feature film, known today as the Lasky-DeMille Barn, it is home to the Hollywood Heritage Museum. In 1916, their company merged with Adolph Zukors Famous Players Film Company to create the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, in 1920, Famous Players-Lasky built a large studio facility in Astoria, New York, now known as the Kaufman Astoria Studios. In 1927, Lasky was one of the people who founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts. Financial problems arose within the industry as a result of the Great Depression, Lasky then partnered with Mary Pickford to produce films but within a few years she dissolved their business relationship. Lasky then found work as a producer at one of the big studios until 1945 when he formed his own production company and he made his last film in 1951 and in 1957 published his autobiography, I Blow My Own Horn. Jesse L. Lasky died at age 77 from an attack in Beverly Hills. He is interred in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, adjacent to Paramount Studios, for his contribution to the motion picture industry, Lasky has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6433 Hollywood Boulevard. Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills was named in his honor, works by or about Jesse L. Lasky at Internet Archive Jesse L. Lasky at the Internet Movie Database Jesse L. Lasky at Find a Grave
10. Rob Moore (executive) – Rob Moore is the former Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, an American film and television production/distribution company. He oversaw the divisions, marketing, distribution, home entertainment, digital, interactive, television, licensing. Rob Moore attended Pepperdine University and graduated cum laude honors in 1984. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Moore worked at The Walt Disney Company for a period of 13 years from 1987 through 2000. Moore first served as a Senior Financial Analyst and was later appointed Executive Vice President of Finance, while at Disney, Moore helped to facilitate a partnership between the company and Pixar. In 2000, Moore joined American production company Revolution Studios, supervising business affairs, finance, production and he was one of four partners at the newly formed company, where he headed international and home-video distribution. Moore later joined Paramount in 2005 as President of Worldwide Marketing, Distribution, in 2006, he became President of Worldwide Marketing, Distribution and Home Entertainment. In September 2016, Moore was dismissed from Paramount after a fiscal year. It was also rumored that a sale of the company to a China corporation played a role in his ousting. In 2011, Moore served as a speaker at a Pepperdine leadership. In 2012, Moore was honored at an event for The Fulfillment Fund. Moore claims to be a devout Christian, and was instrumental in bringing the movie Noah to theaters under Paramount Pictures in 2014
11. Brandon Tartikoff – Brandon Tartikoff was an American television executive who was the president of NBC from 1980 to 1991. Tartikoff also helped develop the 1984 sitcom Punky Brewster, he named the character after a girl he had a crush on in school. Punky Brewsters pet dog Brandon was named after Tartikoff and he was also involved in the creation of Star Trek, Deep Space Nine and Beggars and Choosers. Born to a Jewish family in Freeport, New York, Tartikoff was a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and Yale University, while attending Yale, Tartikoff worked as an account executive and sales manager for WNHC-TV in New Haven, Connecticut, as well as in Hartford, Connecticut. Tartikoff spent vacations in Los Angeles looking for a job in network television, after graduating from Yale, he took a series of jobs in advertising and local television, including WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois. Tartikoff was hired as an executive at ABC in 1976. One year later, he moved to NBC, Tartikoff took over programming duties at NBC from Fred Silverman in 1981. At age 32, Tartikoff became the youngest president of NBCs entertainment division, when Tartikoff took over, NBC was in last place behind ABC and CBS, and the very future of the network was in doubt. A writers strike was looming, affiliates were defecting, mostly to ABC, johnny Carson was reportedly in talks to move his landmark late-night talk show to ABC. The entire cast and writers of Saturday Night Live had left that late-night sketch-comedy series, by 1982, Tartikoff and his new superior, the highly regarded former producer Grant Tinker, slowly but surely turned the networks fortunes around. Tartikoff wrote a memo that simply read MTV cops, and later presented the memo to series creator Anthony Yerkovich. The result was Miami Vice, which became an icon of 1980s pop culture, knight Rider was inspired by a perceived lack of leading men who could act, with Tartikoff suggesting that a talking car could fill in the gaps in any leading mans acting abilities. During the casting process of Family Ties, Tartikoff was unexcited about Michael J. Fox for the role of Alex P. Keaton, however, the shows producer, Gary David Goldberg, insisted until Tartikoff relented, saying, Go ahead if you insist. But Im telling you, this is not the kind of face youll ever see on a lunch box, love and Kisses, Michael J. Tartikoff kept the lunch box on display in his office. Jerry Seinfeld credited Tartikoff with saving Seinfeld from cancellation during its first four years of struggling ratings, johnny Carson broke the news of his retirement in February 1991 to Tartikoff at the Grille in Beverly Hills. For several days only Tartikoff and NBC Chairman Bob Wright knew of the planned retirement, during his time at NBC, he made appearances in several of the networks shows. During his 1983 appearance on Saturday Night Live, one skit featured Tartikoff in a leather ensemble. Be There was NBCs slogan during the 1983–84 season, Tartikoff appeared as himself on episodes of Night Court, Night Stand with Dick Dietrick and ALF, and in the background of one of the final episodes of Cheers
12. Adolph Zukor – Adolph Zukor was an American film mogul and founder of Paramount Pictures. Zukor was born to a Jewish family in Ricse, Hungary, which was then a part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. In 1889, at the age of 16, he promised Mella Baumoel, a girl almost 4 years older, that he would send for her one day and they would be married, he emigrated to the United States. Mella arrived in the U. S. too late to wed him, they never spoke again, like most immigrants, he began modestly. When he first landed in New York, he stayed with his family, a friend got him a job as an apprentice at a furrier. Zukor stayed there for two years, when he left to become a contract worker, sewing fur pieces and selling them himself, he was nineteen years old and an accomplished designer. He was young and adventuresome, and the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago drew him to the Midwest, there he started a fur business. In the second season of operation, Zukors Novelty Fur Company expanded to 25 men, historian Neal Gabler wrote, one of the stubborn fallacies of movie history is that the men who created the film industry were all impoverished young vulgarians. Zukor clearly didnt fit this profile, by 1903, he already looked and lived like a wealthy young burgher, and he certainly earned the income of one. He had an apartment at 111th Street and Seventh Avenue in New York Citys wealthy German-Jewish section. In 1918, he moved to New City, Rockland County, New York, Abraham had already built a sizable house, a nine-hole golf course and a swimming pool on this property. Two years later, Zukor bought an additional 500 acres, built a house, guest house, movie theater, locker room, greenhouses, garages, staff quarters. Tillinghast to build an 18-hole championship golf course, today, Zukors estate is the private country club Paramount Country Club. He became involved in the picture industry when in 1903 his cousin. Mitchell Mark needed investors to expand his chain of theaters that began in Buffalo. The arcade salon, the Automatic Vaudeville Company on 14th Street in New York City was to feature Thomas Edisons marvels, phonographs, electric lights, Zukor not only gave Goldstein the money but insisted on forming a partnership to open another one. Another partner in the venture was Marcus Loew, the following year he obtained the financial backing of the Frohman brothers, the powerful New York City theatre impresarios. Their primary goal was to bring noted stage actors to the screen and he purchased an armory on 26th Street in Manhattan and converted it into Chelsea Studios, a movie studio that is still used today