Paramount Pictures

By Shaugnessy Elsroth

Paramount Pictures Logo [19]

Paramount Pictures Corporation

5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038
323.956.5000
www.paramount.com

A Brief Overview

Adolph Zukor – Founder [20]

Paramount Pictures Corporation is a subsidiary of the top ranked media firm Viacom. It globally produces and distributes filmed entertainment. The corporation was founded in 1912 by Adolph Zukor and was originally known as the Famous Players Film Company. In 1994, Viacom acquired Famous Players and renamed it to Paramount Pictures. The company annually releases twelve different movies and distributes them through its Paramount Home Entertainment.  2012 marked Paramount’s 100th year anniversary and despite being one of the oldest motion picture companies in America, they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. [1] [2]

Key Executives

Brad Grey – CEO [21]

                                                                                                                                                                                          Brad Grey

Grey is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Paramount Pictures Corporation and has held the position since 2005. He is in charge of all development and production generated by Paramount Motion Picture Group. Aside from Paramount Pictures, the Group includes Paramount Vantage and Insurge Pictures.  [3]

 

 

Mark Badagliacca – CFO [22]

                                                                                         Mark Badagliacca

Since 2000, Badagliacca has served as Paramount Pictures Corporation‘s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is in control of the finances, treasury, accounting and financial planning for the corporate company. [4]

 

Fredrick Huntsberry – COO [23]

  Fredrick Huntsberry

Huntsberry started his position as the Chief Operating Officer for Paramount Pictures Corporation in 2006. As the C.O.O, he manages the planning and operations for the studio, including their financial department, IT department, and human resources. [5]

 

 

In Memory Of

A. C. Lyles

A. C. Lyles [24]

On September 27, 2013, Paramount‘s well-known producer and employee of over eighty-five years, Andrew Craddock Lyles, passed away at the age of 95. Lyles’ affiliation with the company began when he was only 10 years old, as he handed out fliers for a local theatre owned by Paramount in his hometown in Florida. His career in Hollywood began when he started working in the mail room at Paramount. He later moved up to become a studio publicist and further onto a producer. His wife, Martha Vickers, survives him and has asked for donations in honor of her husband to be sent to the Motion Picture Fund. [6]

In the News

End of Summer Double Feature Special

Double Feature Special Promo [25]

From August 30th to September 5thParamount Pictures Corporation offered moviegoers a special double feature experience to see two of its big summer blockbuster hits, Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z for the price of one ticket. Select theaters offered this limited opportunity in both 2D and RealD 3D; AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, and Regal Cinemas. [7] [8] [9]

 

 

For an external link to view this trailer, click here. [26]

Star Trek Into Darkness originally came out May 16 and during its opening weekend it generated $70,165,559 in the domestic box office. From opening weekend to August 25 it brought in $227,377,844. The weekend before this special double feature only added $106,356 to the total revenue, but with the introduction of the two for one deal, the weekend from August 30 to September 2 added $1,056,014 to their overall gross, increasing the total profits to reach $228,756,232. [10]

For an external link to view this trailer, click here. [27]

World War Z was released on June 21 and brought $66,411,834 in sales during its first weekend at the domestic box office. Up until August 30, $198,854,941 was generated for its revenue. The weekend before the special feature produced a small profit of only $314,920. With the introduction of the two for one deal however, the weekend of September 3 increased the gross income with an additional $1,650,374. Ultimately, after October 6, World War Z’s overall revenue totaled to $202, 349,504. [11]

Bad Grandpa

Bad Grandpa Advertisement [28]

Paramount Pictures Corporation‘s most recent comedy, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa was released on October 25. The movie is the fourth installment in the Jackass movie series, which is based off of the hit MTV reality series produced by DickhouseTV, where the cast is known for their self-injuring stunts and pranks. Johnny Knoxville stars as the lead character, Irving Zisman, who takes a road trip with his grandson and ridiculousness ensues.

 

For an external link to view this trailer, click here. [29]

The film collected $32,055,177 in its opening weekend, toppling Warner Bros.‘s drama Gravity, which only raked in $20,135,387 that weekend.  [12] [13] Analysts were waiting for something to take out Gravity, since it had stayed at the top of the movie charts for its first three weeks, and Bad Grandpa did the job. After four weeks in theaters, Bad Grandpa has thus far accumulated $90,202,000, which is just shy of its $100 million goal. [12] [14]

Trimming Positions

Paramount Pictures California Headquarters [30]

In the beginning of October, Paramount Pictures stated that 110 job cuts will be made spanning its worldwide offices. In a recent statement, Chief Operating Officer Fredrick Hunstberry announced that reductions are being made to five percent of the company’s 2,200-person workforce. [15] The departments impacted are finance, human resources, and information technology, international home-media distribution, legal and marketing. [16] The company’s intent is to reorganize the corporation in order to better adapt themselves to the film industry’s increasing competition. [15]

What’s Coming Up?

Release Date Change

The Wolf of Wall Street Promo [31]


The Wolf of Wall Street is Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest movie where he plays the wealthy stockbroker, Jordan Belfort. Over Belfort’s years as a swindler, he developed a serious drug addiction, getting wrapped up in the rich party lifestyle and refused to cooperate in a large fraud case pertaining to corruption on Wall Street. Martin Scorsese is the director of this black comedy, which is based on Belfort’s self-titled memoir. Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey are among other cast members.  [17]

 

For an external link to view this trailer, click here. [32]

The film was originally set to be released November 15, and has since been changed to come out in theaters on Christmas day, December 25. [18] The purpose of the set back is due to issues surrounding the movies long length of three hours, as well as a debate pertaining to its potential NC-17 rating. As a result of the setback, other studios are left scrambling to refigure their movie schedules. Sony has pushed back its release date for The Monuments Men from December 18 to February 7th of next year. The RoboCop remake has thus been postponed and will now be coming out in theaters on February 12th. For Paramount, their initial holiday movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,  is now set to come out January 7, 2014.  Ultimately, the process of changing one release date shows how problematic and chaotic the procedure for movie scheduling is during “Oscar season”. [18]

 Sources

1) http://www.paramount.com/100-years-paramount/paramount-story
    Retrieved September 8, 2013

2) http://www.hoovers.com/company-information/cs/company-profile.Paramount_Pictures_Corporation.454f21dcb6c08c2b.html
    Retrieved September 8, 2013

3) http://www.paramount.com/inside-studio/studio/executives/meet-executives/brad-grey
    Retrieved September 8, 2013

4) http://www.paramount.com/inside-studio/studio/executives/division-executives/mark-badagilacca
    Retrieved September 8, 2013

5) http://www.paramount.com/inside-studio/studio/executives/meet-executives/fedrick-huntsberry
   Retrieved September 8, 2013

6) http://variety.com/2013/film/news/paramounts-longest-employee-a-c-lyles-dies-at-95-1200682146/
    Retrieved October 10, 2013

7) http://www.marketwatch.com/story/paramount-pictures-and-leading-exhibitors-announce-star-trek-into-darkness-and-world-war-z-double-feature-2013-08-27
   Retrieved September 8, 2013

8) http://www.paramount.com/news-and-social-media/news-and-press-releases/paramount-pictures-and-leading-exhibitors-announce
   Retrieved September 8, 2013

9) http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/08/27/star-trek-world-war-z-bring-back-double-feature/
   Retrieved September 8, 2013

10) http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=startrek12.htm
   Retrieved November 15, 2013

11) http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=worldwarz.htm
   Retrieved November 15, 2013

12) http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=badgrandpa.htm
   Retrieved November 18, 2013

13) http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=gravity.htm
   Retrieved November 15, 2013

14) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-27/-jackass-presents-bad-grandpa-unseats-gravity-at-box-office.html
     Retrieved November 9, 2013

15) http://ca.news.yahoo.com/viacoms-paramount-pictures-trim-110-positions-5-per-231256454–finance.html
     Retrieved October 10, 2013

16) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-01/viacom-s-paramount-film-unit-cites-competition-for-110-job-cuts.html
     Retrieved October 10, 2013

17) http://www.thewolfofwallstreet.com
   Retrieved November 15, 2013

18) http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2013/10/28/leonardo-dicaprios-the-wolf-of-wall-street-causes-release-date-musical-chairs/
    Retrieved November 9, 2013

19) http://www.jennielsen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Paramount-Pictures-Logo.jpg
   Retrieved November 17, 2013

20) http://paramount.com-beta.com/admin/uploads/General_Info/Adolph_Zukor_2.jpg
  Retrieved November 17, 2013

21) http://www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Brad+Grey+Paramount+Vantage+Premiere+Mighty+jJ5m5KVsU9xl.jpg
  Retrieved November 17, 2013

22) http://www.paramount.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/mark-badagliacca.jpg?itok=jWtDpIeh
   Retrieved November 17, 2013

23) http://www.planningreport.com/files/styles/article_thumbnail/public/field/image/Huntsberry,%20Frederick.jpg?itok=tnyFF0Or
   Retrieved November 17, 2013

24) http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_post_349_width/2012/04/lyles_a.jpg
  Retrieved November 17, 2013

25) http://wpc.556e.edgecastcdn.net/80556E/img.news/NEhkyiViSKxhlh_1_3.jpg
   Retrieved November 17, 2013

26) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5gdbUC9mWU
   Retrieved November 17, 2013

27) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md6Dvxdr0AQ
  Retrieved November 17, 2013

28) http://static.squarespace.com/static/51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de/t/52376e8de4b072186ca877ea/1379364496981/hr_Jackass_Presents-_Bad_Grandpa_6.jpg
 Retrieved November 17, 2013

29) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tctgUr147zA
 Retrieved November 17, 2013

30) http://cdn.videogum.com/files/2011/09/paramount_pictures.jpg
 Retrieved November 17, 2013

31) http://www.cinemablend.com/images/news/38097/_1371450399.jpg
 Retrieved November 17, 2013

32) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iszwuX1AK6A
 Retrieved November 17, 2013

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