ViacomCBS appoints Brian Robbins as CEO of Paramount Pictures

Brian Robbins

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ViacomCBS stirs up the leadership of Paramount Pictures.

The company announced Monday that Paramount Pictures CEO and Chairman Jim Gianopulos would hand over control of the studio to Brian Robbins. Robbins will continue in his current role as Head of Nickelodeon and will assume the additional role of President and CEO of Paramount.

Gianopulos will remain in an advisory capacity until the end of the year.

Robbins will oversee all films produced for the Paramount + streaming service as well as all children’s and family content.

The news follows reports that ViacomCBS owner Shari Redstone wanted to prioritize content creation for Paramount +.

According to a newsletter from former Hollywood Reporter Editor-in-Chief Matthew Belloni, Redstone wanted films like “A Quiet Place: Part II” and “Jackass Forever” for Paramount +. Instead, “A Quiet Place: Part II” hit theaters at the end of May. The film grossed nearly $ 270 million in ticket sales worldwide with an estimated production budget of about $ 60 million. “Jackass Forever” has been postponed to February 2022.

ViacomCBS declined to comment.

The company also announced on Monday that Paramount Television Studios would become part of its premium networking group, led by Showtime Networks Chairman and CEO David Nevins. Nicole Clemens will remain President of Paramount Television Studios and report directly to Nevins.

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