Paramount Pictures

By Shaugnessy Elsroth

Paramount Pictures Logo [19]

Paramount Pictures Corporation

5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038

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]

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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]

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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]


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Scripps Networks Interactive


by Melissa Clawges



9721 Sherrill Boulevard

Knoxville, TN 37932

(865) 694-2700



Ken Lowe CEO

Courtesy of Scripps Networks Interactive [3]

Kenneth W. Lowe – Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Joe NeCastro, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive

Courtesy of Scripps Networks Interactive [4]

Joseph G. NeCastro – Chief Financial and Administrative Officer


Courtesy of Scripps Networks Interactive [5]

John F. Lansing – President, Scripps Network


Company Overview

Scripps Network Interactive is the leader in lifestyle content for a variety of media platforms that include publishing, mobile, digital, and television. Their brands include HGTV, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Great American Country (GAC), and Travel Channel. They have a variety of online content, including video and social media and e-commerce, that acts as a compliment to the on-air programming. Scripps Network Interactive strives to deliver content to the consumer when and wherever the consumer wants it. The lifestyle content that Scripps provides has a series of niche audiences that makes Scripps a desirable company to advertise with. Scripps programming is available and has been viewed on every continent in the world. Also, their websites gets over 18 million visitors each month. Scripps Networks Interactive distributes their content in a variety of ways. They include: Internet, books, satellite radio, video-on-demand, DVDs, magazines, video games, and more recently mobile. They also have a variety of branded merchandise in categories such as kitchenware, food venues, cruises, and festivals. Although they are headquartered in Knoxville, TN, they also have offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit, Dallas, Cincinnati, and an international office in London. [7]


Scripps Networks [8]


Scripps Networks Interactive was started in 1878 when Edward W. Scripps founded The Penny Press in Cleveland, Ohio. Scripps quickly became one of the most successful newspaper publishers and began to build its reputation as one of the top operators of local television stations. During the 1980s, Scripps decided to start buying and building cable television systems in order to create revenue that didn’t depend on advertising. Scripps later sold these Cable TV systems to Comcast.

In the 1990s, Scripps decided to direct its free cash flow to invest in entertainment and information content. Then, Scripps purchased Cinetel Productions. This was a creator for cable programming. With this new asset, Scripps announced its launch of HGTV in 1994.

After the success of HGTV, Scripps created various other lifestyle based networks, including Food Network (1997), DIY Network (1999), and Fine Living Network (2002). They also acquired GAC (2004) and Travel Channel (2009).

The E.W. Scripps Company quickly became a visionary media company that had created value for its shareholders. In 2007, the board of directors spilt The E.W. Scripps Company into two publicly-traded companies. Scripps Networks Interactive was created to focus on fast growing television lifestyle brands and Internet services while The E.W. Scripps Company focused on local media businesses.

Today, Scripps Networks Interactive includes its lifestyle anchored networks, interactive businesses, and shopping services that include its easily recognized television and internet brands. Meanwhile, The E.W. Scripps Company is a leader in providing communities through television stations, newspapers, and a variety of digital options. [9]


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Scripps Networks Interactive Class A Common Share stock is currently valued at $65.95. The change for today is +0.68 or 1.04%. Its volume is 850,900 and its 52 week high is $66.41 while its 52 week low is $45.67. [11]

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Stock Quote [12]


Scripps Networks Interactive, Stock Information [13]

Scripps Networks Interactive made a substantial amount more in 2012 than 2011. According to its income statement, Scripps Network Interactive had a net income of $681, 478 in 2012 versus $411,558 in 2011. Their total revenue for 2012 is $2.31 Billion. [14]

Recent News

The Food Network began 2013 by redefining its look. It is celebrating its 20th anniversary by getting a brand makeover that will be featured on the network over the course of the next fews months. [15]

The food service distribution company, Sysco, has launched a marketing relationship with the Food Network. The campaign is slated to last for a year. Sysco will sponsor “Restaurant: Impossible” in return for product integration and TV commercials. They will also hold multiple customer sweepstakes over the course of the next year. [16]

Food Network Star winner, Justin Warner, has a new show ‘Rebel Eats’ on Food Network. The show premiered on March 30th and consists of Justin going out with $300 in his pocket in search for culinary rule breakers. [17]


Justin Warner, The star of the new Food Network Show ‘Rebel Eats’ [17]

GAC recently filmed an ‘ACM New Artist’ Special. Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer, and Scotty McCreery were all in attendance. Florida Georgia Line, Jana Kramer, and Brantley Gilbert will be competing for the coveted ACM New Artist of the Year Award at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. [18]


Artists featured on the ‘ACM New Artist’ Special [18]


HGTV is currently gearing up for its first ever Smart Home Giveaway. The contest opens for entries on April 11 and will last until May 31, 2013. The house is located in Jacksonville Beach, FL and the winner receives the fully furnished home, a 2013 GMC Terrain Denali, and $100,000. [19]

Great Room of the new HGTV Smart Home.

Great Room of the new HGTV Smart Home. [19]

A new Food Network Series will be premiering Thursday, April 25th. The show has four employees who will endure a series of events to test their management skills. They will be recorded on hidden camera working at one of the busiest pizza places in Manhattan. Whoever wins the show will be awarded their own franchise. Franchises that will be showcased include Jersey Mike’s Subs, 16 Handles, Muscle Maker Grill, and more.[20]

The Travel Channel will be premiering six new shows this summer. There will be over 100 hours of new, original programming. The new shows include, “Rock My RV with Bret Michaels,” “Bikinis & Boardwalks,” and “RIDE-iculous.” “Bizarre Food America,” “Xtreme Waterparks” and “Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination” will also make their return on the Travel Channel this summer. [21]


Bret Michaels, star of new show on Travel Channel [21]

Scripps Networks Interactive plans to continue to be the leading provider of lifestyle-oriented content and also to expand their reach through all media platforms. Scripps will continue to evolve by introducing new television shows and products as the year continues.


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