Who are they?• United International Pictures are one of the biggest film distributors at present.• They were created in 1981, and distribute for films made by some of the most major Hollywood production companies such as Dreamworks.
Who are they owned by?• United International Pictures are jointly owned by Paramount and Universal, two of the biggest Hollywood studios. Their current chairman and chief executive is Stewart Till.
What do they do?• United International Pictures aim to distribute films to a global market, including countries such as China and Russia. They have offices in 35 countries, including Singapore and New Zealand.• It generally distributes mainstream films made by big companies e.g. Shrek, Love Actually, Jurassic Park and Collateral.
Why are UIP virtually guaranteed to be successful?• They are owned by a combination of Universal and Paramount Pictures, meaning the likelihood of them losing support altogether is minimal – even if one of the two production companies goes bust, the likelihood of both doing so is very low. It has also been very successful so far, having distributed successful films from successful directors, meaning that it is almost guaranteed to continue its success.
Examples• Collateral was made in 2004 – directed by Michael Mann, starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. It was produced by Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks, two major production companies. It made 217 million dollars on a worldwide, lifetime basis from a 65 million dollar budget, making it successful as a film.• Shrek was a 2001 animation film. It was produced by Dreamworks and Dreamworks animation, one of the biggest animation companies. It made 484 million dollars on a worldwide, lifetime basis from a 60 million dollar budget, making it a very successful film.