Paul Gilbert is currently Senior Vice President, International Formats for ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. Paul is responsible for the sales, production and acquisitions of the ViacomCBS library of scripted and non-scripted formats. The library of non-scripted formats includes juggernauts Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Lip Sync Battle, Come Dance With Me, Drunk History, Carpool Karaoke, Tough as Nails, America’s Next Top Model and many more. The scripted library includes The Good Wife, Dear Daddies, The Affair, Ray Donovan, Why Women Kill and more.
Prior to joining CBS, Paul was with Sony Pictures Television International where he had worldwide responsibility for Sony’s catalog of non-scripted formats which also included sales, production and acquisitions. He was a veteran of 11 years at Sony and was originally hired to get them into the format business which didn’t exist at the time. When Paul began his career at Sony the studio had a vast library of shows on the shelf just waiting to be licensed.
Prior to joining Sony, Paul headed up International Program Development for King World Productions where he was responsible for hundreds of their local productions including Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Hollywood Squares. He also doubled as a development executive for the U.S. television market.
Paul’s career began at Merv Griffin Productions where he worked for 13 years producing many shows including Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and the classic hit show Dance Fever. He was also the producer of CBS’ late night Pat Sajak Show. Additionally, he worked for Guber/Peters Entertainment, Bob Stewart Productions, Welk Entertainment and Merrill Heatter Productions where he produced the syndicated game show hit High Rollers and ABC game show Bargain Hunters amongst others.
Prior to working in television Paul started his working career on Wall Street.
Paul is one of the founding members of FRAPA along with David Lyle and Michel Rodrigue and was a member of its Steering Committee for 10 years. He is also a card holding member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America.