A century of amazing the world through film...and seeing stars above a mountain.
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
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 Eighties
, 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 Dreamworks
releases, it still handles the films of Dreamworks Animation
, though this deal has broken, as Dreamworks Animation
's films are now distributed by 20th Century Fox
In 2014, Paramount became the first studio to drop 35mm film and distribute its releases exclusively on digital format.
Notable TV Series:
Notable Animated Films, Series and Shorts: