Nicole Clemens has been named president of Paramount Television, following the sudden ousting of Amy Powell in July, Paramount Pictures announced Wednesday.
She will report to Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures
“Nicole brings invaluable institutional experience and knowledge of all aspects of television from development to production to talent representation to programming,” said Gianopulos. “Her excellent creative instincts, deep relationships throughout the industry and breadth of experience make her the ideal candidate for this role. We look forward to many years of great successes from her and the incredible Paramount Television team.”
Powell was fired by Paramount in July, after being accused of, and denying, making insensitive and inappropriate comments.
“There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting. The facts will come out and I will be vindicated,” Powell said in a statement to TheWrap, just hours after her dismissal from the company, which was announced in an internal memo from Gianopulos.
Per Paramount, Clemens will oversee all aspects of development, production and programming for the television production studio, working closely with David Goldman, President of Business Operations. She is set to take charge on September 10.
The new TV boss comes to Paramount by way of Anonymous Content, where she set up TV series with Apple, Netflix, Showtime, Hulu, YouTube, CBS All Access, USA, Charter, and History Channel. On the big screen, Clemens has worked on the Universal Pictures films “From the Corner of the Oval” and “Final Girls,” and the upcoming “Burn,” starring Mahershala Ali.
Before that, Clemens was executive vice president and head of series development for FX Networks and previously held leadership positions at ICM Partners, Rod Holcomb Productions and Spelling Television.
“I’m thrilled and humbled to be joining Paramount under the forward-thinking leadership of Jim Gianopulos,” said Clemens. “While at Anonymous Content, I’ve had the privilege to work closely with the excellent Paramount Television team and experience firsthand their commitment to artistic integrity. With the support of this world class team, I hope to continue to evolve