Paramount Players

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Paramount Players
Industry Motion pictures
Founded June 2017; 16 months ago (June 2017)[1]
Headquarters Los Angeles California, United States
Area served
Key people
Wyck Godfrey
(Interim role)
Products Film production
Owner Viacom
Parent Paramount Pictures

Paramount Players is a film studio division of Paramount Pictures, focusing on "contemporary properties" while working with other Viacom brands.


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]

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.[2]

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 The Explorer, Are You Afraid of the Dark, 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.[3]


Upcoming films[edit]

Release Date Title Co-production with
November 2, 2018 Nobody's Fool[4] Tyler Perry Studios
BET Films
January 4, 2019 Eli[5] Intrepid Pictures
Bellevue Productions
February 8, 2019 What Men Want[6] Will Packer Productions
BET Films
August 2, 2019 Dora the Explorer Nickelodeon Movies
Walden Media
October 11, 2019 Are You Afraid of the Dark?[7] Nickelodeon Movies
November 13, 2020 Untitled Rugrats live-action/CGI hybrid film[8] Nickelodeon Movies
Klasky Csupo

Films in development[edit]

Title Ref(s)
48 Hrs. [9]
Vacation Guide to the Solar System [2]
Body Cam [10]
Action Man [11]
Untitled Gucci Mane biopic [12]
The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik [13]
Playing with Fire [14]
Born a Crime [15]
Gay Kid and Fat Chick [15]
Three Sundays [15]
Tigers Are Not Afraid [15]
Sunny Day [15]
Untitled Creepy Crawlers Film [16]
Untitled LeBron James Comedy [17]
The Unboxing Movie [18]
Indecent Proposal [19][20]
The In Between [21]


  1. ^ a b McNary, Dave (7 June 2017). "Paramount Pictures Launches New Production Division Headed by Brian Robbins". Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Ford, Rebecca. "Paramount's New Banner Lands 'Vacation Guide to the Solar System'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (October 1, 2018). "Viacom Names Brian Robbins President of Nickelodeon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "Tiffany Haddish To Star In Tyler Perry's New Movie 'The List' For Paramount Players". Deadline. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave. "Paramount Players Buys Horror Film 'Eli,' Sets 2019 Release Date". Variety. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  6. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike. "Paramount Players Plots 'What Men Want'; 'Empire's Taraji P. Henson To Star". Deadline. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  7. ^ Couch, Aaron. "'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Movie Lands 2019 Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  8. ^ Clopton, Ellis (July 16, 2018). "'Rugrats' Relaunch Set With Nickelodeon Series, Paramount Movie". Variety. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "'48 Hrs.' Remake in the Works With 'Good Time' Filmmakers (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  10. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike. "'Body Cam' Spec Is First Movie Deal For Ex-Awesomeness TV Chief Brian Robbins". Deadline. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "James Bobin To Direct 'Action Man' For Paramount Players, Based On Hasbro Toy". Deadline. 8 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Gucci Mane Biopic in the Works at Paramount Players, Imagine". Variety. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Paramount Players to Develop 'Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik' as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Paramount Players to Develop Family Comedy 'Playing With Fire' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Female Director Scorecard: Paramount Pictures Gears Up; 'Nightlife' Coming From Neal Moritz". Deadline. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  16. ^ Justin Kroll (May 29, 2018). "Paramount Players Lands Film Rights to Creepy Crawlers Toy Brand (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  17. ^ Mia Galuppo (July 11, 2018). "LeBron James Comedy Sells to Paramount Players". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  18. ^ Natalie Jarvey (July 18, 2018). "Viacom Leads $15M Investment in Kids Media Brand". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2018. Viacom's Paramount Players has also purchased feature film The Unboxing Movie from Further collaborations are expected.
  19. ^ "Indecent remake". The Telegraph India. August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "'Indecent Proposal' Remake In Development By Paramount Players". Forbes. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  21. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (August 1, 2018). "Paramount Players Lands 'The In Between' Pitch As Vehicle For 'Kissing Booth's Joey King". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2018.

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