Paramount Players
Company typeDivision
IndustryMotion picture
FoundedJune 7, 2017; 6 years ago (2017-06-07)[1]
FounderJim Gianopulos
Area served
Key people
Jeremy Kramer
ProductsFilm production
ParentParamount Pictures

Paramount Players is an American film production label of Paramount Pictures, focusing on "contemporary properties" while working with other Paramount Global 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."[1] 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.[2]

On August 17, 2017, Paramount Players acquired its first project, which is a film adaptation of the book Vacation Guide to the Solar System by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley.[3]

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 Playing with Fire). Wyck Godfrey, the president of Paramount 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.[4]

On June 30, 2020, Emma Watts replaced Wyck Godfrey as the president of Paramount Motion Picture Group and began on July 20 (Godfrey returned to producing).[5] In October, Watts tapped Jeremy Kramer as president.[6]

On March 8, 2022, Kramer stepped down and the studio's operations were merged into the purview of Mike Ireland and Daria Cercek, the head executives of the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group, though Paramount Players and its current film inventory remains otherwise unaffected.[7]


Released films

Release date Title Notes Ref(s)
November 2, 2018 Nobody's Fool Co-produced by Tyler Perry Studios and BET Films
February 8, 2019 What Men Want Co-produced by Will Packer Productions and BET Films
August 9, 2019 Dora and the Lost City of Gold Co-produced by Nickelodeon Movies, Walden Media, Media Rights Capital and Burr! Productions
October 18, 2019 Eli Distributed by Netflix; co-produced by MTV Films, Intrepid Pictures and Bellevue Productions [8]
November 8, 2019 Playing with Fire Co-produced by Nickelodeon Movies, Walden Media and Broken Road Productions [9]
May 19, 2020 Body Cam Co-produced by Ace Entertainment and BET Films
October 30, 2020 Spell Co-produced with LINK Entertainment and MC8 Entertainment [10]
October 29, 2021 Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin Distributed by Paramount+; co-produced with Blumhouse Productions [11]
February 11, 2022 The In Between Distributed by Paramount+ in United States and Netflix in all other regions [12]
May 13, 2022 Senior Year Distributed by Netflix; co-produced with Broken Road Productions [13][14][15]
June 17, 2022 Jerry & Marge Go Large Distributed by Paramount+; co-produced with Landline Films and Levantine Films [16]
August 19, 2022 Orphan: First Kill Co-produced by Dark Castle Entertainment, Entertainment One and Sierra/Affinity [17]
September 23, 2022 On the Come Up Distributed by Paramount+; co-produced with Temple Hill Entertainment and State Street Pictures [18]
September 30, 2022 Smile Co-produced by Temple Hill Entertainment [19]
October 7, 2022 Significant Other Distributed by Paramount+; co-production with Quay Street Productions
October 6, 2023 Pet Sematary: Bloodlines Distributed by Paramount+; co-production with Di Bonaventura Pictures and Room 101, Inc.
January 12, 2024 Mean Girls Co-produced by Broadway Video and Little Stranger

Upcoming films

Release date Title Notes Ref(s)
October 18, 2024 Smile 2 Co-produced by Temple Hill Entertainment [20]
TBA Apartment 7A Co-produced by Sunday Night Productions and Platinum Dunes [21]

In development

Title Notes
Fashionista Co-produced by Ethea Entertainment and Kellagio Entertainment[22]
Pumpkinhead [23]
Quinceanerx Co-produced by 'Twas Entertainment[24]
Shhh Co-produced by Ace Entertainment[25]
Slime [26]
Untitled H. G. Wells film Co-produced by and OddBall Entertainment[27]

Highest-grossing films

Highest-grossing films
Rank Title Year Worldwide gross Budget
1 Smile 2022 $216.1 million $17 million
2 Dora and the Lost City of Gold 2019 $120.6 million $49 million
3 What Men Want 2019 $72.2 million $20 million
4 Playing with Fire 2019 $68.6 million $30 million
5 Orphan: First Kill 2022 $44 million
6 Nobody's Fool 2018 $33.5 million $19 million


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