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Paramount Television is an American television production/distribution company, that is a division of Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom.

Paramount Television
IndustryTelevision Production
FoundedMarch 4, 2013; 6 years ago (March 4, 2013)
Area served
Key people
  • Nicole Clemens (President)
  • Debra Bergman (EVP, production)[1]
  • Jenna Santoianni (EVP & head, development)
  • Cheryl Bosnak (EVP & head of current programming)[2]
ProductsTelevision programs
ParentParamount Pictures

The prior Paramount Television was transferred to CBS Corporation in its split from Viacom, which retained Paramount Pictures and its motion picture division, in 2005.[3] After the spin-off in January 2006, the division was renamed CBS Paramount Television,[4] and then CBS Television Studios in May 2009 after the three year name rights agreement expired.[5] Paramount returned to TV production based on the technologically expansion of TV via streaming services making it a vigorous business[6] and is Hollywood's growth engine. There is also recognition that severing the TV operation from Paramount had give Paramount little to fall back on when films fail except for studio stage rentals.[7]



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.”[8] Hours later, Paramount chairman/CEO Brad Grey announced that the studio was co-producing a CBS TV series based on Beverly Hills Cop with Sony Pictures Television;[9] however, the show never got past the pilot phase despite being shopped to other networks.[10] On July 22, 2013, it was announced that Amy Powell, concurrently Paramount's Digital Entertainment and Insurge Pictures president, was also made president of Paramount Television.[3] Paramount expected it to take five years to build up TV production studio from scratch.[6]

A TV series based on the film School of Rock has also been announced to air on Nickelodeon.[11] Paramount and HBO are planning a new series titled Ashecliffe, which will serve as a prequel to the 2010 Paramount film Shutter Island.[12]

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content agreed to a three-year, first-look production deal in May 2014 to produce and distribute scripted programming developed by Anonymous Content with broadcast, premium cable, cable and online distribution rights.[13] Leaving a 20th Century Fox TV overall deal, Kyle Killen and Scott Pennington's Chapter Eleven banner, signed in October 2014 a two-year first-look deal with Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.[14]

In July 2014, Paramount TV had agreed to a two-year, first-look pact with Robert Zemeckis, his producing partner Jack Rapke and their production company, Compari Entertainment.[15] Paramount and Federation Entertainment signed a first-look agreement, including co-production and co-distribution rights, in January 2017.[16]

In July 2018, Powell was fired from her position as president in July 2018, following reports that several people had "concerns around [Powell's] comments [made in a] professional setting, which they believed were inconsistent" with Viacom's and Paramount's values.[17] Powell countered the claims that she had made such insensitive comments and said she was considering legal action.[17] In September 2018, Nicole Clemens became the new president of Paramount Television.[18]

Viacom indicated that Paramount Television generated $400 million in 2018 revenue and nine series in production at year end. In 2019, Paramount's chief executive Jim Gianopulos indicated that Paramount TV would have 20 series in production and double its profit.[7]

List of programs produced by Paramount TelevisionEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Yang, Rachel; Yang, Rachel (April 25, 2019). "Paramount TV Ups Ken Basin to Head Business Affairs, Hires Liz Miller as Production SVP". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Low, Elaine (March 11, 2019). "Paramount Television Expands Exec Team, Hires Sonar's Jenna Santoianni, Disney-ABC's Cheryl Bosnak". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (July 22, 2013). "Amy Powell Named President Of Paramount Television". Deadline. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Eggerton, By John (January 17, 2006). "CBS Has Its Eye on Paramount". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "If It's Monday, It Must Be CBS TV Studios". TV MoJoe. TVWeek. May 17, 2009. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  6. ^ a b James, Meg (July 23, 2013). "Viacom revives Paramount Television studio, eyeing multiple platforms". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Chozick, Amy; Barnes, Brooks (January 17, 2019). "Paramount Was Hollywood's 'Mountain.' Now It's a Molehill". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Lieberman, David (March 4, 2013). "Paramount To Return To TV Series Production". Deadline. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 4, 2013). "Paramount To Co-Produce CBS' 'Beverly Hills Cop'". Deadline. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "'Beverly Hills Cop' TV series fails to find a home -- but it might be a movie instead".
  11. ^ "Nickelodeon and Paramount Television Team up on New Live-Action, Musical Comedy Series School of Rock". MarketWatch.
  12. ^ Goldstein, Meredith; Shanahan, Mark (August 26, 2014). "'Shutter Island' might be a TV show". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  13. ^ Stedman, Alex; Stedman, Alex (May 27, 2014). "Paramount TV, 'True Detective' Producer Anonymous Content Ink First-Look Deal". Variety. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  14. ^ Weinstein, Shelli; Weinstein, Shelli (October 23, 2014). "Kyle Killen Inks First-Look Pact with Paramount Television". Variety. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  15. ^ Stedman, Alex (July 14, 2014). "Robert Zemeckis Inks Two-Year Deal With Paramount Television". Variety. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  16. ^ Levy, Dani; Levy, Dani (January 6, 2017). "Paramount Television Enters Partnership With Federation Entertainment". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  17. ^ a b Masters, Kim; Goldberg, Leslie (July 19, 2018). "Paramount TV President Amy Powell Fired Over Inappropriate Comments". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (September 5, 2018). "Paramount Television Names Nicole Clemens As President".

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