President, Paramount Film Group
Adam Goodman has served as President of Paramount Film Group since June 2009, having joined the studio in 2008 as President of Production. Prior to Paramount, Goodman served as President of Production at DreamWorks Studios.
Under Goodman’s leadership, Paramount has released a string of commercially and critically acclaimed films, including “FLIGHT,” from Academy Award®-winning director Robert Zemeckis and starring Academy Award®-winning actor Denzel Washington; “SUPER 8,” directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg; the Academy Award®-nominated “TRUE GRIT;” “RANGO,” Gore Verbinski's Academy Award®-winning animated feature; Steven Spielberg's “THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN;” the Jason Reitman-directed comedy/drama “UP IN THE AIR,” starring George Clooney; and Tom Cruise’s fourth turn as Ethan Hunt in “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE –GHOST PROTOCOL,” which earned more than $690 million globally to become the highest grossing film in the blockbuster franchise.
In addition, Goodman oversaw production on the wildly successful “TRANSFORMERS” and “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” franchises. All three of director Michael Bay’s “TRANSFORMERS” films held the top spot at the box office on opening weekend and to date, the franchise has earned more than $2.6 billion worldwide. The “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” horror franchise revived the found footage genre and to date has grossed more than $710 million worldwide.
Following the enormous success of the first “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY,” Goodman spearheaded the creation of Paramount’s micro-budget division, Insurge Pictures, in 2010, taking an innovative approach to creating and distributing movies with such hits as “JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER,” “JACKASS 3D,” “THE DEVIL INSIDE” and “KATY PERRY: PART OF ME.”
Goodman began his career in the entertainment industry while still in his teens in Highland Park, Illinois. Though still in high school, he landed a job as a production assistant for the Chicago-based Hughes Entertainment where he worked on such John Hughes comedies as “HOME ALONE” and “ONLY THE LONELY.” He later attended college at New York University and American University, during which time he continued to work on such films as “THE PELICAN BRIEF,” “BACKDRAFT,” “GET SHORTY” and “WATERWORLD.”
Goodman joined DreamWorks as an assistant in 1996 and quickly climbed through the ranks; he was named president of production eight years later in 2004. During his tenure there, Goodman managed production on the Will Ferrell comedies “OLD SCHOOL” and “ANCHORMAN;” the action-comedy “GALAXY QUEST” starring Tim Allen; “DREAMGIRLS,” directed by Bill Condon and starring Eddie Murphy, Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Hudson; MTV's hit comedy “BLADES OF GLORY,” starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder; “DISTURBIA,” starring Shia LaBoeuf; the Tim Burton-directed, Johnny Depp-starrer “SWEENEY TODD,” which was nominated for three Academy Awards® and won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; and “TRANSFORMERS.”
As President of Production, Goodman oversaw a variety of films, including the Ben Stiller-directed comedy “TROPIC THUNDER,” starring Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr., which opened at #1 and grossed in excess of $100 million in domestic box office, and the hit comedy “I LOVE YOU MAN” starring Jason Segel and Paul Rudd.
Upcoming for Goodman is “ANCHORMAN II,” from director Adam McKay, producer Judd Apatow and starring Will Ferrell; “NEBRASKA,” directed by Alexander Payne and starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte; “LABOR DAY,” from director Jason Reitman and starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin; and “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 hit film.