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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 second-oldest existing American film studio (after Universal); Paramount is also the last major film studio still based in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles (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, but more recently it's had to stage a comeback as one of the backbones of Hollywood, a status it's held since the Golden Age as one of the original "Big Five." Paramount's currently trying to retain its position in the modern "Big Six"note  against the rise of young Turk Lionsgate. Its Vanity Plate is the Mountain.


Paramount's film library consists of most of its surviving silent films still under copyright, a portion of sound films from 1929 to 1949, and almost all films produced from 1949 onward. It also owns most of its cartoon catalog created by Famous Studios prior to 1950, which it actually reacquired when Viacom bought Republic Pictures, although a majority of these cartoons have become public domain. Paramount sold a large majority of its 1929-1949 sound films to talent agency MCA in 1958 for $50 million, wanting to leave out space in their archives for newer, more valuable films (this library is now owned by Universal). Additionally, it sold most of its original Famous Studios characters, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Herman And Katnip, and Baby Huey to Harvey Comics in 1959, along with every cartoon produced from October 1950 to March 1962 (Universal also owns these cartoons, via DreamWorks Classics).


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, 1999 saw the absorption of sister firm Republic Pictures, 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. In 2013, Paramount Pictures re-launched the Paramount Television brand as a production house with a focus on shows based on Paramount films.

Formerly the distributor of all of DreamWorks' releases, it parted ways with the main DreamWorks studio in 2008 and DreamWorks Animation in 2012. The majority of live-action films released between 2011 and 2016 are currently distributed by Touchstone Pictures (though Paramount retains the rights to films produced before then), and the animated releases, distributed by 20th Century Fox from 2013 to 2017, are currently handled by Universal, who purchased the latter in 2016.

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.

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