Category:Paramount Pictures executives
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The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
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