Paramount Television Studios

Paramount Television Studios (formerly known as Paramount Television) is an American television production and distribution company, that is a division of Paramount Pictures, a subsidiary of Paramount Global.

Paramount Television Studios
FormerlyParamount Television (2013–2020)
IndustryTelevision production
Television distribution
PredecessorsParamount Television (first incarnation)
Desilu Productions
CBS Paramount Television
FoundedMarch 4, 2013; 9 years ago (March 4, 2013)
Area served
Key people
  • Nicole Clemens (President)
  • Ken Basin (EVP and Head of Business Affairs)[1]
  • Debra Bergman (EVP of Production)
  • Cheryl Bosnak (EVP and Head of Current Programming)[2]
Jenna Santoianni (EVP and Head of Development)
ProductsTelevision programs
OwnerParamount Global
ParentParamount Pictures (2013–present)
DivisionsParamount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution

It is the successor to the original Paramount Television, as it was transferred to CBS Corporation during 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 as CBS Paramount Television,[4] and then CBS Television Studios in May 2009, after the three-year agreement for licensing the Paramount trademarks expired.[5]

In March 2013, Paramount returned to television production based on the technological expansion of television via streaming services, making it a vigorous business[6] and Hollywood's growth engine. There was also recognition that severing the television operation from Paramount had given them little to fall back on when films fail, except for studio stage rentals.[7]

On January 14, 2020, Paramount Television was rebranded as Paramount Television Studios, following the closed merger of ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global).[8]


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.”[9] Hours later, Paramount chairman/CEO Brad Grey announced that the studio was co-producing a CBS television series based on Beverly Hills Cop with Sony Pictures Television; however, the pilot did not move forward.[10][11]

On July 22, 2013, it was announced that Amy Powell was made president of Paramount Television.[12] Until the re-merger of CBS Corporation and Viacom in 2019, the current Paramount Television had no ties to the CBS network, unlike the previous incarnation in its later years before the Viacom/CBS split.

A television series based on the film School of Rock was announced to air on Nickelodeon.[13] As of August 2014, Paramount and HBO are planning a new series titled Ashecliffe, which will serve as a prequel to the 2010 Paramount film Shutter Island.[14]

In May 2014, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content signed a three-year first-look deal to produce and distribute scripted programming developed by Anonymous Content.[15] In October 2014, Kyle Killen and Scott Pennington's company Chapter Eleven signed a two-year deal with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content after leaving 20th Century Fox Television.[16]

In July 2014, Paramount Television signed a first-look pact with Robert Zemeckis, his producing partner Jack Rapke, and their production company Compari Entertainment.[17]

In January 2017, Paramount Television signed a first-look agreement with Federation Entertainment.[18]

In July 2018, Powell was fired from her position of president, 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.[19] Powell countered the claims that she had made such insensitive comments and said she was considering legal action.[19] In September 2018, Nicole Clemens became the new president of Paramount Television.[20]

Viacom indicated that Paramount Television generated $400 million in 2018 revenue and produced nine series at the year end. In 2019, Paramount's chief executive Jim Gianopulos indicated that Paramount Television would have 20 series in production and double its profit.[7] More recently, Auriel Rudnick had signed an overall deal with the studio.[21]


Television distribution and broadcast syndication armEdit

Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & DistributionEdit

Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution
IndustryTelevision distribution
Broadcast syndication
PredecessorsParamount Domestic Television
Paramount International Television
Desilu Sales
CBS Paramount Domestic Television
CBS Paramount International Television
FoundedMarch 4, 2013; 9 years ago (March 4, 2013)
Area served
OwnerParamount Global
ParentParamount Pictures

Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution is the television distribution and broadcast syndication arm of Paramount Television Studios, itself the television production and distribution division of Paramount Pictures, a subsidiary of Paramount Global.

It is the successor to Paramount's original syndication arm, Paramount Domestic Television, which was renamed to CBS Paramount Domestic Television in January 2006, and later was merged with King World Productions to form CBS Television Distribution in September 2006.

It is also the successor to Paramount's original international distribution arm, Paramount International Television, which was merged with CBS Broadcast International to form CBS Paramount International Television in August 2004, and was later renamed to CBS Studios International in May 2009.

Paramount returned to television production and distribution in March 2013, forming a new syndication unit in the process.

Currently, Paramount owns the television distribution rights to the following shows:

  • Spin City
  • PEN15
  • Berlin Station
  • Dwight in Shining Armor
  • The Great

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 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. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 22, 2013). "Amy Powell Named President Of Paramount Television". Deadline. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Eggerton, 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. ^ 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. ^ Petski, Denise (January 14, 2020). "Paramount Television Gets New Title & Logo". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ Lieberman, David. "Paramount To Return To TV Series Production." Deadline Hollywood (March 4, 2013).
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Paramount To Co-Produce CBS’ ‘Beverly Hills Cop.’" Deadline Hollywood (March 4, 2013).
  11. ^ "'Beverly Hills Cop' TV series fails to find a home -- but it might be a movie instead".
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Hollywood Deadline" Amy Powell Named President Of Paramount Television, Retrieved on July 25, 2013
  13. ^ "Nickelodeon and Paramount Television Team up on New Live-Action, Musical Comedy Series School of Rock". MarketWatch.
  14. ^ Goldstein, Meredith; Shanahan, Mark (August 26, 2014). "'Shutter Island' might be a TV show". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  15. ^ Stedman, Alex (May 27, 2014). "Paramount TV, 'True Detective' Producer Anonymous Content Ink First-Look Deal". Variety. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  16. ^ Weinstein, Shelli (October 23, 2014). "Kyle Killen Inks First-Look Pact with Paramount Television". Variety. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  17. ^ Stedman, Alex (July 14, 2014). "Robert Zemeckis Inks Two-Year Deal With Paramount Television". Variety. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  18. ^ Levy, Dani (January 6, 2017). "Paramount Television Enters Partnership With Federation Entertainment". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 5, 2018). "Paramount Television Names Nicole Clemens As President".
  21. ^ Otterson, Joe (August 16, 2021). "Auriel Rudnick Signs Overall Deal With Paramount Television Studios (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 17, 2021.

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