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Institution Research

  1. 1. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Universal Studios Inc. (also known as Universal Pictures), is an American motion picture studio, owned by Comcast through its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal and is one of the six major movie studios. Its production studios are at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California. Distribution and other corporate offices are in New York City. It was founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles Baumann, Adam Kessel, Pat Powers, William Swanson, David Horsley and Jules Brulatour. Universal studios is the oldest movie studios in United States of America. In addition to owning a sizable film library spanning the earliest decades of cinema to more contemporary works, it also owns a sizable collection of TV shows through its subsidiary NBCUniversal Television Distribution. It also acquired rights to several prominent filmmakers' works originally released by other studios through its subsidiaries over the years. Universal’s theatrical slate includes films developed internally, along with co- productions, acquisitions, and films developed by outside partners and distributed by the studio. Universal also produces, acquires, and distributes direct-to-DVD titles, classic titles from the Universal library, consumer products (across all traditional categories, as well as interactive and wireless platforms), and specialty motion pictures under Focus Features. Through its international production group, the studio partners with leading international film companies to make and acquire films for wide commercial release or distribution in specific countries For almost a century, Universal has been known for its diverse slate of films. These include classics such as Jaws, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, the Jurassic Park series, and Mamma Mia!; high-concept comedies like Bruce Almighty, The 40- Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up; and homegrown franchises such as Back to the Future, Meet the Parents, Fast and Furious, and Bourne.
  2. 2. Production The Universal Film Studios own a unit for film production. The unit is divided into different companies based in various countries all over the world. Listed below are those companies. 1) Focus Features It’s a subsidiary of Universal Pictures Division of NBCUniversal. It was founded in 1992 by Gramercy productions. Focus acts as both a producer and distributor for its own films and distributor of foreign films. 2) Working Title Films It is a British film production company, based in London, owned by Universal studios. It produces feature films and several television productions. Some famous films under its production are Les Miserables (2010), Johnny English Reborn (2010), Nanny McPhee (2010), Thunderbirds (2004) and Bridget Jone’s Diary (2001).
  3. 3. 3) Illumination Entertainment It’s an American film production company, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007. It has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Studios and it is based in Santa Monica, California. The company is best known for its 2010 animated feature Despicable Me, which was the first film by the company. Its sequel, Despicable Me 2 was released on July 3, 2013, and its spin- off Minions is set for release on July 10, 2015. Despicable me 2 marks the first time that the company made a sequel. 4) Universal Animation Studios It’s an American animation Studio which is a division of Universal Studios, part of NBCUniversal, subsidiary of Comcast. The actual animation production is done overseas, most notably by either Wang Film Productions or Rough Draft Studios, with pre-production and post- production being based in the United States of America.
  4. 4. 5) Legendary Pictures It’s an American film production company based in Burbank, California. The company co-produce and co-finance films with Warner Bros. Following the expiration date of that deal in 2014, Legendary will begin the same work now with Universal Studios. Distribution Universal Pictures creates and distributes theatrical and non-theatrical filmed entertainment for a growing global marketplace. Universal’s content is released across traditional and digital distribution channels, including theatrical exhibition, physical and electronic home entertainment, pay and free television, and subscription on-demand services. Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  5. 5. Universal Studios Home Entertainment (formerly Universal Studios Home Video, MCA/Universal Home Video and MCA Home Video) is the home video distribution division of Universal Pictures. The company is owned by NBCUniversal, the entertainment division of Comcast. This company was the video distributor for DreamWorks title until DreamWorks was sold to Paramount Pictures’ Parent company, Viacom, in 2006, at which point paramount took over distribution. After Viacom stopped working with DreamWorks in 2008, Universal Studios Home Entertainment was planned to resume distributing DreamWorks movies but this deal wasn’t signed. In addition to DVD’s, Universal was the major supporter of the HD DVD format until March 2008. Since July 2008, Universal released Blu-ray discs; it was the first major Hollywood studio to do so. Universal is the video distributor for Summit Entertainment releases (but instead shows Summit’s logo on all releases) and Open Road film releases. SOURCES nment