President, Paramount Television and Digital Entertainment
Amy Powell is President of Paramount Television and Digital Entertainment, a division of Paramount Pictures and part of Viacom. Launched in 2013 with Powell at the helm, Paramount Television finances and develops television content for leading broadcast, premium cable, cable and streaming audiences. The studio produces original programming, as well as television adaptations of select movies from Paramount’s rich film library, partnering with premier networks and distributors including Amazon, Comedy Central, EPIX, FOX, Hulu, HBO, MTV, Netflix, Nickelodeon, NBCUniversal’s Seeso, Showtime, TNT and USA, among others.
Powell has reenergized Paramount Television, leading the studio to its first-ever 10 nominations and five Emmy® awards for the breakthrough hit “Grease: Live,” the most nominations and wins ever received for a live televised musical, including Special Class Program and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special (Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinkski). Starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens,“Grease: Live’s” record-breaking telecast ranked as the No. 1 most social live musical event ever, delivering more than 17 million viewers worldwide, with more than 14 million viewers on Fox in the U.S. (including L+3).
Under Powell’s purview, she and the Paramount TV team have developed strong relationships with the top creators and producers on and off screen to develop creative, new content for television, including Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, Martin Scorsese, Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Carlton Cuse, Tom McCarthy, Selena Gomez, Joe and Anthony Russo, Ridley Scott, The Weeknd, Sam Raimi, Dustin Lance Black, Gale Anne Hurd, Neil LaBute, Phyllis Nagy, Eric Roth and Paul Feig.
Paramount TV’s robust slate of programming with top distributors includes Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” (Amazon) starring John Krasinski and executive produced by Carlton Cuse, Graham Roland, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Skydance Television; “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix), premiering March 31, based on the New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher, directed by Oscar® winner Tom McCarthy and written by Pulitzer Prize® winner Brian Yorkey, who executive produced along with Selena Gomez and McCarthy; “Maniac” (Netflix), a 10-episode, straight-to-series to be directed by Cary Fukunaga starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill; “Shooter” (USA), starring Ryan Philippe and Omar Epps currently in production on season two; crime drama “Berlin Station” (EPIX), currently in production on season two with Anonymous Content from New York Times best-selling spy novelist Olen Steinhauer; “The Alienist” (TNT), based on the best-selling novel from Caleb Carr, directed and executive produced by BAFTA®-nominated director Jakob Verbruggen along with executive producers Emmy® Award winner Cary Fukunaga, Academy Award® winner Eric Roth, Academy Award® nominee Hossein Amini and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin; the Emmy® nominated hit “School of Rock” (Nickelodeon), based off of the film of the same name and currently in production on a sophomore season; “American Gigolo” (Showtime) from executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, written by playwright Neil LaBute; “The Warriors” (Hulu) with Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the 1979 cult classic, a turf battle between NYC street gangs that ranges from Coney Island to the Bronx; “Galaxy Quest” (Amazon), a half-hour comedy based on the 1999 feature film of a group of actors who wind up having to play their fictional characters they portray on TV in order to defend an alien race; and “Bajillion Dollar Propertie$” (Seeso), with season 3 airing this summer.
Additionally, Powell has the led the charge to option series’ rights for some of the top-selling and well-regarded novels, short stories and games including the literary masterpiece, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carré; Robert Heinlein’s popular 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land; The Windfall, based on Diksha Basu’s highly anticipated debut novel; the forthcoming four book series Hilde Cracks the Case by 9 year old kid reporter Hilde Lysiak; Spoonbenders, a story centered on an eccentric family of magicians by Daryl Gregory; Tim Murphy's Christodora with Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias set to adapt with Cary Fukunaga producing through his company Parliament of Owls; All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, based on the New York Times best-selling book by Rebecca Traister; and the development of a series based on “Battlefield,” a popular and dynamic videogame.
From 2010-2015, Powell was President of Insurge Pictures, the studio’s micro-budget feature division that launched following the success of the first “Paranormal Activity” film, in which she played a key role through her digital marketing and “demand-it” distribution campaign. Under Powell’s leadership, Insurge released the top-grossing musical documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” the horror hit “The Devil Inside,” and the biopic “Katy Perry: Part of Me.”
Powell joined Paramount in 2004 from an interactive marketing position at Sony Pictures. In 2006, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Interactive Marketing. She has created, developed and executed digital marketing campaigns for films including “Paranormal Activity,” the “Star Trek” franchises, “Iron Man,” “Cloverfield,” “Jackass,” “Transformers,” “Tropic Thunder,” and “Team America.” Powell began her career at CNN.
Powell has received numerous industry awards including being named to Variety’s 2012 Women’s Impact List, a 2005 Next Generation executive by The Hollywood Reporter and Media Maven by Ad Age. Powell was inducted into the 2011 American Advertising Federation Marketing Hall of Fame. Her work has been recognized by the Key Art Awards, Webby Awards, OMMA Awards, IAB MIXX Awards and more.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Powell remains dedicated to charitable work, focusing on her passion for helping children in need. She participates regularly in mentoring programs and reads to elementary school students as part of Viacom’s Viacommunity initiatives. Powell also regularly volunteers at the UCLA Pediatric Oncology Ward, bringing arts and entertainment to critically ill children.
Powell holds a BA from Emory University and a MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.