Creator: Paramount

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Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film production and distribution company. Founded in 1912 and currently owned by media conglomerate Viacom, it is the oldest existing American film studio (though the predecessor of Universal, the Independent Moving Pictures Company, predates it); Paramount is also the last major film studio still based in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles (again, Universal is in Universal City, which if incorporated into L.A. would become North Hollywood). Paramount has been consistently ranked as one of the top-grossing movie studios, most recently making a comeback as one of the backbones of Hollywood. Its Vanity Plate is a the Mountain.

In 1966, Paramount was acquired by Gulf+Western Industries, which in turn acquired Desilu Studios in 1967 to bolster Paramount's television lineup. During The '80s, Gulf+Western would divest itself of many of its non-entertainment subsidiaries, focusing on the studio and related media properties, before renaming itself Paramount Communications, Inc. in 1989. Viacom would buy Paramount in 1994, and in 2000 would add its own former parent, CBS, to its family. On December 31, 2005, Viacom and CBS split into two separate companies, which affected Paramount's assets: Paramount Pictures Corporation went with the newly-formed Viacom Inc., while Paramount Television stayed with the original company, now renamed CBS Corporation, and folded into CBS Television Productions.

Formerly the distributor of all of DreamWorks' releases, it parted ways with DreamWorks live action in 2008 and DreamWorks Animation in 2012. The live-action releases are currently distributed by Touchstone Pictures, the animated releases by 20th Century Fox.

In 2014, Paramount became the first studio to drop 35-millimeter film and distribute its releases exclusively on digital format. A year later however, they reversed this decision.

Notable Films:


Notable TV Series (rights to most series currently held by CBS):


Notable Animated Films, Series and Shorts:

  • Paramount also had the home video rights to the Peanuts specials from 1994-2008, when it was transferred to Warner Bros.

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Paramount Pictures