James N. Gianopulos has served as Chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment since July 2000. In February 2006, he was given the additional title of Chief Executive Officer and in March 2009, he was promoted to oversee all of News Corporation's Los Angeles-based creative production divisions, including the film and television studios.
Together with his co-Chairman, Tom Rothman, Mr. Gianopulos manages all feature film and television production and marketing, as well as global distribution through all windows and platforms spanning the theatrical, broadcast, cable, home entertainment, digital and mobile markets. He has been involved in the evolution of entertainment and new technologies for more than 25 years, and is considered a leading strategist in the film and media industry.
During his tenure, the studio has released a broad range of successful films including the recent blockbuster Avatar, which has earned more than $2 billion worldwide, breaking both domestic and international box office records to become the highest grossing film of all time. Mr. Gianopulos has had the unique honor of having been involved in the success of the 2 biggest films in history, Titanic and Avatar.
Other successful films have included Alvin and the Chipmunks, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Night At The Museum and Taken, Marley & Me, The Simpsons Movie, Borat, the X-Men series, The Day After Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Walk the Line, the Star Wars Trilogy, Live Free or Die Hard, Minority Report, Moulin Rouge, among many others.
Under his leadership the studio's digital animation division Blue Sky Studios produced the Ice Age series, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who and Robots, among others. Fox Searchlight Pictures, the studios' specialized division, produces cultural, commercial, and critical successes such as Crazy Heart, (500) Days of Summer, Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler, Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Sideways, Napoleon Dynamite and 28 Days Later.
Prior to his current post, Mr. Gianopulos was President of Twentieth Century Fox International, a position he held since 1994. Twentieth Century Fox is one of the leading international distribution operations in the world. Mr. Gianopulos oversaw all international marketing and distribution of theatrical releases, the Home Entertainment division, as well as financing, acquisitions and co-productions of films for Fox throughout the world. Among the many notable successes during Mr. Gianopulos' tenure at Fox International are the Oscar winners Titanic and Braveheart, in addition to the achievement of simultaneously having four of the five top grossing pictures of all-time internationally: Titanic, Star Wars, Independence Day and Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.
Prior to joining Twentieth Century Fox, Mr. Gianopulos held senior management positions at Paramount and Columbia Pictures following his career as an attorney specializing in entertainment.
Mr. Gianopulos is a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a member of the Board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and a trustee of the American Film Institute. He is involved in a number of civic and philanthropic activities including serving on the National Entertainment Advisory Council for the Anti-Defamation League and The Brady Center. He also has served on Honorary Committees for The Fulfillment Fund, The City of Hope and the Multiple Sclerosis Society for which he was the 2001 honoree, The Help Group, which honored him with its Humanitarian Award in 2005, the Alliance for Lupus Research and others.
Mr. Gianopulos attended Boston University (BA, 1973), the Fordham School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1976) and the LLM program at the New York University School of Law. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Ann and their three daughters.
Jim Gianopulos will give a fascinating presentation about the future of digital cinema and how innovation has been incorporated into film over the past several years, changing the way films are made and will be watched by the general public in years to come.