Paramount Players is an American film studio that is the division of Paramount Pictures, focusing on "contemporary properties" while working with other ViacomCBS brands. The name alludes to the company's earliest origins as Famous Players Film Company, before its 1914 founding by William Wadsworth Hodkinson.
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." 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.
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 Playing with Fire). 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.
On June 30, 2020, Emma Watts replaced Wyck Godfrey as the president of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group and began on July 20th (Godfrey returned to producing). In October, Watts tapped Jeremy Kramer as president.
|November 2, 2018||Nobody's Fool||Co-produced by Tyler Perry Studios and BET Films|
|February 8, 2019||What Men Want||Co-produced by Will Packer Productions and BET Films|
|August 9, 2019||Dora and the Lost City of Gold||Co-produced by Nickelodeon Movies, Walden Media, Media Rights Capital and Burr! Productions|
|October 18, 2019||Eli||Distributed by Netflix; co-produced by MTV Films, Intrepid Pictures and Bellevue Productions|||
|November 8, 2019||Playing with Fire||Co-produced by Nickelodeon Movies, Walden Media and Broken Road Productions|||
|May 19, 2020||Body Cam||Co-produced by Ace Entertainment and BET Films|
|October 30, 2020||Spell|||
|October 22, 2021||Jackass 4||Co-produced by MTV Films, Dickhouse Productions and Gorilla Flicks|||
|March 4, 2022||Untitled seventh Paranormal Activity film||Distributed by Paramount+; co-produced with Blumhouse Productions|||
|On the Come Up||Co-produced by Temple Hill Entertainment and State Street Pictures|
|The In-Between||Distributed by Paramount+|
|Untitled Pet Sematary prequel||Distributed by Paramount+; co-produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures and Room 101, Inc|
|1||Dora and the Lost City of Gold||2019||$120.6 million||$49 million|
|2||What Men Want||2019||$72.2 million||$20 million|
|3||Playing with Fire||2019||$68.6 million||$30 million|
|4||Nobody's Fool||2018||$33.5 million||$19 million|
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