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Paramount Television
Predecessor Paramount Television
Founded March 4, 2013
Area served
Key people
  • Amy Powell (president)
  • Jason Fisher
  • (head of production)[1]
Products TV shows
Parent Paramount Pictures (Viacom)
Divisions Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution[2]

Paramount Television is an American television production/distribution company was founded in 1967 and relaunched in 2013. Its distribution division, Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution, owns distribution rights rights to the Paramount Pictures library worldwide and also distributes the pre-2008 DreamWorks Television library.[2][not in citation given]



Paramount Pictures had a TV production unit purchased by its new parent Gulf & Western in Desilu Productions, which was later renamed as Paramount Television. This unit was later merged with CBS Productions after the purchase of Paramount and CBS by Viacom. CBS gained control of the then name Paramount Network Television in 2005. CBS and Viacom was later split, the unit was renamed as CBS Paramount Television then CBS Television Studios.[3] Paramount had licensed Beverly Hills Cop for partial ownership to Sony Pictures Television and MiddKid Productions for a TV series that received a pilot order from CBS.[4]


On March 4, 2013, Viacom president/CEO Philippe Dauman announced that Paramount opted to produce a television series based on one of their films. The show would allow Paramount to “get back, with very little investment, into the television production business.”[5] Hours later, Paramount chairman/CEO Brad Grey announced that the studio had used its option to co-producing the above Beverly Hills Cop series.[3] However, the show never got past the pilot phase as CBS nor pick up by any other network.[6]

On July 22, 2013, it was announced that Amy Powell was made president of Paramount Television added to her current duties as head of digital entertainment and Insurge Pictures.[7] In January 2014, Paramount Television signed a two pilot production deal with “Hustle & Flow” filmmaker Craig Brewer.[8]

On April 9, 2014, the rest of division's executive team was named, Jason Fisher, head of production; Annette Savitch, head of drama development and Jennifer Howell, head of comedy development.[1] Also at that time, its production slate included “Terminator” franchise series, Charles Lindbergh biography limited series, Narc inspired crime drama and “The Alienist” adaptation.[9]

A TV series based on the film School of Rock has also been announced in August 2014 to air on Nickelodeon.[10]

Paramount and HBO was planning a new series titled Ashecliffe, which will serve as a prequel to the 2009 Paramount film Shutter Island as of August 2014.[11]

In April 2017, the company and Anonymous Content purchased a rights option for 11 books from Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series.[12] In May 2017, a two-year overall exclusive TV agreement was reached between Paramount and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey.[13]

Production libraryEdit


All series are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and live-action series unless otherwise noted.

Series Aired Production partner Original
School of Rock 2016-present Nick [14]
13 Reasons Why 2017- Netflix
The Alienist Anonymous Content
TNT Original Productions
TNT [15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Faughnder, Ryan (April 9, 2014). "Paramount Television names production, development heads". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Laff Diginet Rolls Out On Multiple Platforms". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. April 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 4, 2013). "Paramount To Co-Produce CBS' 'Beverly Hills Cop'". Deadline. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 4, 2012). "'Beverly Hills Cop' Series Lands At CBS With Pilot Production Commitment". Deadline. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Lieberman, David (March 4, 2013). "Paramount To Return To TV Series Production". Deadline. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "'Beverly Hills Cop' TV series fails to find a home -- but it might be a movie instead". Entertainment Weekly. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 22, 2013). "Amy Powell Named President Of Paramount Television". Deadline. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (January 30, 2014). "Paramount TV Builds Up Creative Roster With Craig Brewer Development Pact". Variety. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (April 9, 2014). "Paramount Television Sets Comedy, Drama Development Chiefs". Variety. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ Prudom, Laura (August 4, 2014). "Nickelodeon Orders 'School of Rock' Series". Variety. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ Goldstein, Meredith; Shanahan, Mark (August 26, 2014). "'Shutter Island' might be a TV show". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ Butler, Karen (April 28, 2017). "Paramount TV, Anonymous Content nab rights to 'The Vampire Chronicles'". UPI. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Paramount TV Inks Deal With Pulitzer Prize Winner Who's Behind Controversial Series". TV Week. May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  14. ^ Nellie Andreeva (April 5, 2016). "School of Rock Renewed for Season 2 by Nickelodeon". Deadline. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  15. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (May 13, 2015). "'The Alienist' Lands Big Bucks Series Order From TNT". Variety. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 

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