Paramount Players

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Paramount Players
IndustryMotion pictures
FoundedJune 2017; 2 years ago (June 2017)[1]
FounderJim Gianopulos
Area served
Key people
Wyck Godfrey
(Interim role)
ProductsFilm production
ParentParamount Pictures

Paramount Players is a film studio division of Paramount Pictures, focusing on "contemporary properties" while working with other Viacom brands. The name is a nod to Paramount's former name Famous Players Film Company.


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’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET operations to generate projects while the new division focuses on "contemporary properties."[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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 the live-action Rugrats film). 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.[4]


Released films[edit]

Release date Title Co-production with Budget Box office RT MC Ref.
November 2, 2018 Nobody's Fool Tyler Perry Studios
BET Films
$19 million $33.5 million 21% 39
February 8, 2019 What Men Want Will Packer Productions
BET Films
$20 million $72.2 million 46% 49

Upcoming films[edit]

Release Date Title Co-production with
August 9, 2019 Dora and the Lost City of Gold Nickelodeon Movies
Walden Media
November 8, 2019 Playing with Fire[5] Broken Road Productions
January 10, 2020 Limited Partners[6] Principato-Young
2020[7] Monster Problems[8] 21 Laps Entertainment
January 29, 2021 Rugrats[9][10] Nickelodeon Movies
Klasky Csupo

Highest-grossing films[edit]

Highest-grossing films
Rank Title Year Domestic gross Notes
1 What Men Want 2019 $72.2 million Co-produced by Will Packer Productions and BET Films
2 Nobody's Fool 2018 $33.5 million Co-produced by Tyler Perry Studios and BET Films


  1. ^ a b McNary, Dave (7 June 2017). "Paramount Pictures Launches New Production Division Headed by Brian Robbins". Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ Faughnder, Ryan; James, Meg (April 24, 2018). "Paramount Pictures CEO says struggling studio is 'poised for a renaissance.' Inside Jim Gianopulos' first year". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Ford, Rebecca. "Paramount's New Banner Lands 'Vacation Guide to the Solar System'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (October 1, 2018). "Viacom Names Brian Robbins President of Nickelodeon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Paramount Dates 'Crawl' & 'Playing With Fire', Moves 'Loud House' Off Schedule". Deadline. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Tiffany Haddish's 'Limited Partners' Rounds Out Cast (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  7. ^ Sandy Schaefer (April 4, 2019). "Paramount's 2020 Sizzle Reel Hypes Top Gun: Maverick, Coming to America 2 & More". Screen Rant. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (October 22, 2018). "Paramount Players Has Michael Matthews Directing, Dylan O'Brien Negotiating On 'Monster Problems'". Deadline. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Clopton, Ellis (July 16, 2018). "'Rugrats' Relaunch Set With Nickelodeon Series, Paramount Movie". Variety. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Paramount Pushes Back 'Rugrats' Movie Release Date Until Friday, January 29, 2021". NickALive!. Retrieved February 27, 2019.

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