Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos on running a film studio during a global pandemic

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During the pandemic, Paramount Pictures sold the films “Love Birds” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” to Netflix. For bigger movies like “A Quiet Place 2” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” the studio is waiting to open them in theaters in 2021. Photo by Pixabay.

Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has weathered some big storms in the movie business, though nothing compares with COVID. But even as productions struggle and theaters are shuttered, Gianopulos has faith that one day, people will go back to the movies. 

Gianopulos talks about running a film studio during a global pandemic and explains how he decides which movies go to streaming vs. theaters. 

He also recalls begging Joe Biden to run for president in a 2018 meeting with other Hollywood heavyweights.

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