Paramount Players is a film studio division of Paramount Pictures, focusing on "contemporary properties" while working with other Viacom 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 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.
|Release date||Title||Co-production with||Budget||Box office||RT||MC||Ref.|
|November 2, 2018||Nobody's Fool||Tyler Perry Studios
|$19 million||$33.5 million||21%||39|
|February 8, 2019||What Men Want||Will Packer Productions
|$20 million||$72.2 million||46%||49|
|Release Date||Title||Co-production with|
|August 9, 2019||Dora and the Lost City of Gold||Nickelodeon Movies|
Media Rights Capital
|November 8, 2019||Playing with Fire||Nickelodeon Movies|
Broken Road Productions
|January 10, 2020||Hostile Makeover||Principato-Young|
|March 6, 2020||Monster Problems||21 Laps Entertainment|
|January 29, 2021||Rugrats||Nickelodeon Movies|
|1||What Men Want||2019||$72.2 million||Co-produced by Will Packer Productions and BET Films|
|2||Nobody's Fool||2018||$33.5 million||Co-produced by Tyler Perry Studios and BET Films|
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