Jim Gianopulos

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Jim Gianopulos
Born James N. Gianopulos
New York, New York
Residence Los Angeles, California
Ethnicity Greek American
Alma mater Boston University
Fordham University School of Law
Employer Fox Filmed Entertainment[1]

James N. Gianopulos, aka Jim Gianopulos, is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment.[1]

Early years[edit]

He is a second-generation Greek American, born in New York City. As a young man he worked as a sailor on a tanker for a summer because he had a great desire to travel the world. After finishing law school he moved out to Los Angeles, landing jobs with such companies as Paramount and Lorimar. He was voted one of 2005’s Showmen of the Year by Variety (along with Tom Rothman, former co-president of Fox) for the quality of the studio’s productions and for the economic results he brought Fox. Gianopoulos has been a member of the Army Archerd Fund's Board and longtime supporter.


Gianopoulos along with Tom Rothman have been named the Tag Team of the year by the studio. They led their studio to a record-breaking $1.3 billion year at the box office, a 14 percent increase over 2004 grosses. Gianopoulos came up through Fox's international distribution ranks. Rothman produced Jim Jarmusch's early films and launched Fox Searchlight before co-helming News Corp.'s movie division.[2]

As at 2006, the Gianopoulos and Rothman team had greenlit 20 movies that produced over $100 million domestically ($117 million in current dollars)[1][3][4] and 26 movies that fetched $100 million internationally ($117 million in current dollars).[1][3][4]. Since 2012, Gianopulos has been the sole chairman.[5]

Gianopulos sits on both the Corporate and Foundation Boards of Directors of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.[6] He is also on the Board of Trustees of the X Prize Foundation which is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit mankind.[7] He has named by many magazines along with Thomas Rothman as mogul of motion picture industry. His biggest success after Titanic was Avatar, which proved a major success for the studio and for himself.[citation needed]