February 14, 2013

Jim Gianopulos Joins Board of Councilors

Entertainment Industry Titan to work with School of Cinematic Arts

Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film, has joined the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) Board of Councilors. The Board of Councilors takes a leadership role in the School’s overall planning and development as well as supports its fundraising efforts.

Filmmaker/Board Member George Lucas, Jim Gianopulos and Dean
Elizabeth M. Daley at the Dedication of the 2oth Century Fox Soundstage

“Jim is a visionary leader in the entertainment industry and has generously supported SCA in meaningful ways for many years,” said Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “We are honored and thrilled that he accepted our invitation to join the Board of Councilors.”

“I have long admired the commitment to being at the forefront of the cinematic arts that Elizabeth Daley and USC have exemplified over the years and am honored to serve on this board,” said Gianopulos. “I look forward to working with my esteemed board members and to continue the school’s mission of excellence.”  

Gianopulos joins notable industry icons on the Board including Chair Frank Price, Frank Biondi, Jr., Barry Diller, Lee Gabler, David Geffen, Brian Grazer, Brad Grey, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Alan Levine, George Lucas, Don Mattrick, Bill M. Mechanic, Barry Meyer, Sidney Poitier, John Riccitiello, Barney Rosenzweig, Scott Sassa, Steven Spielberg, John Wells, Jim Wiatt, Paul Junger Witt and Robert Zemeckis.

"Throughout his career, Jim has always been dedicated to finding and supporting the next visionary filmmaker or technology, and that fits right in with our goal as a Board,” said Frank Price, Chairman of the Board of the USC Board of Councilors and SCA alum. “By working in support of the students at SCA we are ensuring that our industry has a bright future."

One of the longest-tenured studio chairmen in the film industry, Gianopulos oversees all of Twentieth Century Fox’s feature film production and global marketing and distribution, spanning the theatrical, broadcast, cable, home entertainment, digital and mobile markets. The studio has had a long series of successes during his tenure, and he has the unique distinction of having the top box office hits of all time, Titanic and Avatar. He has also been involved in the evolution of new entertainment media and technologies for more than 30 years and is considered a leading strategist in the industry.

Additionally, 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 a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University and serves on the National Entertainment Advisory Council for the Anti-Defamation League and the Board and Executive Committee of the X-Prize Foundation. Gianopulos also serves on the board of Southern California Public Radio and is affiliated with a variety of other civic and philanthropic organizations.