|Founded||1933 (as animation studio)|
1948 (as television subsidiary)
1998 (as film studio)
|Steve Bersch (President)|
|Parent||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
Screen Gems, Inc. is an American film production and distribution studio that is a division of Sony Pictures's Motion Picture Group, a subsidiary of Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony. It has served several different purposes for its parent companies over the decades since its incorporation. The label currently specializes in genre films, mainly horror.
In 1924, Charles Mintz married Margaret J. Winkler,an independent film distributor that had distributed quite a few animated series during the silent era. He quickly assumed roles in the distribution of these series. Amongst those were Walt Disney Alice Comedies and Krazy Kat. After Charles Mintz become involved with the progress it was clear that he was unhappy with the production costs on cartoons and asked Disney and Ub Iwerks to develop a new character. The result was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the first animated character for Universal Pictures. In February 1928, when the character proved more successful than expected, Disney set on train to meet with Mintz over the budget wanting to spend more on the cartoons Mintz refused Mintz hired away all of Disney's animators except Iwerks, who refused to leave Disney, and moved the production of the Oswald cartoons to his new Charles Mintz Studio, along with Margaret Winkler's brother, George. After losing the Oswald contract to Walter Lantz, Mintz focused on the Krazy Kat series, which was the output of a Winkler-distributed property. The Winkler Studio became known as the Mintz Studio after he took over in 1929, and in 1930, Mintz partnered with Columbia Pictures for distribution. In 1938, a few months before his death, Mintz relinquished ownership of his studio and the Screen Gems name to Columbia to settle longstanding financial problems. Walt Disney mentioned in an interview that Mintz cultivated his standards for high-quality cartoon movies, and he kept emphasizing them even after their contract ended.
Mintz was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Short Subject. His first nomination was in 1935 for Holiday Land, and he was nominated again in 1938 for The Little Match Girl. The name was originally used in 1933, when Columbia Pictures acquired a stake in Charles Mintz's animation studio. The name was derived from an early Columbia Pictures slogan, "Gems of the Screen"; itself a takeoff on the song "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean".
For an entire decade, Charles Mintz produced Krazy Kat, Scrappy, and Color Rhapsody animated film shorts through Columbia Pictures. When Mintz became indebted to Columbia in 1938, he ended up selling his studio to them. Mintz's production manager became the studio head but was shortly replaced by Mintz's brother-in-law, George Winkler. Columbia then decided to "clean house" by ousting the bulk of the staff (including Winkler) and hiring creative cartoonist Frank Tashlin. After Tashlin's short stay came Dave Fleischer, formerly of the Fleischer Studios, and after several of his successors came Ray Katz and Henry Binder from Warner Bros. Cartoons (previously Leon Schlesinger Productions). Animators, directors, and writers at the series included people such as Art Davis, Sid Marcus, Bob Wickersham, and during its latter period, Bob Clampett.
Like most studios, the Screen Gems studio had several established characters on their roster. These included Flippity and Flop, Willoughby Wren, and Tito and His Burrito. However, the most successful characters the studio had were The Fox and the Crow, a comic duo of a refined Fox and a street-wise Crow.
Screen Gems was, in an attempt to keep costs low, the last American animation studio to stop producing black and white cartoons. The final black-and-white Screen Gems shorts appeared in 1946, over three years after the second-longest holdouts (Famous Studios and Leon Schlesinger Productions). During that same year, the studio shut its doors for good, though their animation output continued to be distributed until 1946, which it was renamed Pioneer Telefilms until 1948.
The Screen Gems cartoons were only moderately successful in comparison to those of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Warner Bros. Cartoons, and MGM Cartoons. The studio's purpose was assumed by an outside producer, United Productions of America (UPA), whose cartoons, including Gerald McBoing Boing and the Mr. Magoo series, were major critical and commercial successes.
Screen Gems logo used from 1965 to 1974
|Television subsidiary of Columbia Pictures|
|Fate||Renamed as Columbia Pictures Television|
|Predecessor||Pioneer Telefilms (1947-1948)|
|Successors||Columbia Pictures Television|
Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television
|Defunct||May 6, 1974|
|Headquarters||New York City|
Los Angeles, California USA
|Parent||Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.|
In November 1948, Columbia borrowed the Screen Gems name for its television production subsidiary when the studio acquired Pioneer Telefilms, a television commercial company founded in 1947 by Ralph Cohn, the nephew of Columbia's head Harry Cohn. Pioneer was later reorganized as Screen Gems. The studio started its new business in New York on April 15, 1949.
By 1951, Screen Gems became a full-fledged television studio by producing and syndicating several popular shows (see below).
By 1952, the studio had produced a series of about 100 film-record coordinated releases for television under the brand "TV Disk Jockey Toons" in which the films "synchronize perfectly with the records".
On July 1, 1956, studio veteran Irving Briskin stepped down as stage manager of Columbia Pictures and form his production company Briskin Productions, Inc. to release series through Screen Gems and supervise all of its productions. On December 10, 1956, Screen Gems expanded into television syndication by acquiring Hygo Television Films (a.k.a. Serials Inc.) and its affiliated company United Television Films, Inc. Hygo Television Films was founded in 1951 by Jerome Hyams, who also acquired United Television Films in 1955 that was founded by Archie Mayers. During that year, the studio began syndicating Columbia Pictures's theatrical film library to television, including the wildly successful series of two-reel short subjects starring The Three Stooges in 1957. Earlier on August 2, 1957, they also acquired syndication rights to "Shock!", a package of Universal horror films (later shifted to MCA TV), which was enormously successful in reviving that genre. The name "Screen Gems," at the time, was used to hide the fact that the film studio was entering television production and distribution. Many film studios saw television as a threat to their business, thus it was expected that they would shun the medium. However, Columbia was one of a few studios who branched out to television under a pseudonym to conceal the true ownership of the television arm. That is until 1955, when Columbia decided to use the woman from its logo under the Screen Gems banner, officially billing itself as a part of "the Hollywood studios of Columbia Pictures", as spoken in announcements at the end of some Screen Gems series.
From 1958 to 1974, under President John H. Mitchell and Vice President of Production Harry Ackerman, Screen Gems delivered classic TV shows and sitcoms: Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, The Donna Reed Show, Hazel, Here Come the Brides, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Gidget, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun, The Monkees, and The Partridge Family. It was also the original distributor for Hanna-Barbera Productions, an animation studio founded by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera after leaving Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was also the distributor of the Soupy Sales show. The company also entered a co-production deal with Canada's CTV Television Network and produced several shows, many of which were filmed or taped in Toronto for distribution to Canadian stations (Showdown, The Pierre Berton Show). The company even expanded as far as Australia, opening Screen Gems Australia to produce shows for that country's networks, including The Graham Kennedy Show for the Nine Network.
In the late 1950s, Screen Gems also entered into ownership and operation of television stations. Stations owned by Screen Gems over the years included KCPX (Salt Lake City; now KTVX, owned by Nexstar Media Group), WVUE (New Orleans; now owned by Gray Television), WAPA (San Juan; now owned by the Hemisphere Media Group), WNJU (Linden, NJ; now owned by NBCUniversal), and several radio stations as well, including 50,000-watt clear channel WWVA (Wheeling WV; now owned by iHeartMedia). As a result, in funding its acquisitions, 18% of Screen Gems' shares was spun off from Columbia and it became a publicly traded company in NYSE until 1968.
From 1964–1969, former child star Jackie Cooper was Vice President of Program Development. He was responsible for packaging series (such as Bewitched) and other projects and selling them to the networks.
In 1965, Columbia Pictures acquired a fifty percent interest in the New York-based commercial production company EUE, which was incorporated into Screen Gems and renamed EUE/Screen Gems. The studios were sold in 1982 to longtime Columbia Pictures Executive, George Cooney, shortly after Columbia Pictures was sold to The Coca-Cola Company.
On May 6, 1974, Screen Gems was renamed Columbia Pictures Television as suggested by then-studio president David Gerber. The final notable production from this incarnation of Screen Gems before the name change was the 1974 mini-series QB VII. Columbia was, technically, the last major studio to enter television by name.
Changes in corporate ownership of Columbia came in 1982, when Coca-Cola bought the company, although continuing to trade under the CPT name. In the mid-1980s, Coca-Cola reorganized its television holdings to create Coca-Cola Television, merging CPT with the television unit of Embassy Communications as Columbia/Embassy Television, although both companies continued to use separate identities until January 4, 1988, when it and Tri-Star Television were reunited under the CPT name. Columbia also ran Colex Enterprises, a joint venture with LBS Communications to distribute the Screen Gems library, which ended in 1988.
On December 21, 1987, Coca-Cola spun off its entertainment holdings and sold it to Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. for $3.1 billion. It was renamed to Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc., also creating Columbia/Tri-Star by merging Columbia and Tri-Star. Both studios continued to produce and distribute films under their separate names. In 1989, Columbia Pictures Entertainment was purchased by Sony Corporation of Japan. On August 7, 1991, Columbia Pictures Entertainment was renamed as Sony Pictures Entertainment as a film production-distribution subsidiary and subsequently combined CPT with a revived TriStar Television in 1994 to form Columbia TriStar Television. The name "Screen Gems" was also utilized for a syndicated hour-long program for classic television called Screen Gems Network that aired in 1999 and ran until 2002.
The television division today is presently known as Sony Pictures Television.
Television programs produced and/or syndicated by Screen Gems (most shows produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions are now owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution, except for Jeannie and Partridge Family 2200 A.D. (see below):
Note: The following shows were produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions until 1974.
In 1998, Screen Gems was resurrected as a fourth specialty film-producing arm of Sony's Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. It was created after Triumph Films was closed down. Screen Gems produces and releases "films that fall between the wide-release films traditionally developed and distributed by Columbia Pictures and those released by Sony Pictures Classics". Many of its releases are of the horror, thriller, action, drama, comedy and urban genres, making the unit similar to Dimension Films (part of Lantern Entertainment), Hollywood Pictures (part of the Walt Disney Company), and Rogue Pictures (when it was formally owned by Relativity Media and before that, Universal Studios).
The highest grossing Screen Gems film, as of March 2017, is Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which grossed a total of $307,000,000 worldwide so far.
|June 4, 1999||Limbo||$10 million||$2,160,710|
|July 9, 1999||Arlington Road||USA distribution, co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment||$21.5 million||$41,067,311|
|April 5, 2000||Black and White||co-production with Palm Pictures||$5,277,299|
|April 28, 2000||Timecode||$4 million||$1,431,406|
|September 29, 2000||Girlfight||$1,666,028|
|January 19, 2001||Snatch||U.S. distribution only, co-production with SKA Films and Columbia Pictures||$10 million||$83,557,872|
|March 23, 2001||The Brothers||$6 million||$27,958,191|
|April 27, 2001||The Forsaken||$15 million||$7,288,451|
|August 24, 2001||Ghosts of Mars||$28 million||$14,010,832|
|September 7, 2001||Two Can Play That Game||$13 million||$22,391,450|
|January 25, 2002||The Mothman Prophecies||co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment||$32 million||$54,639,865|
|February 1, 2002||Slackers||co-production with Original Film and Alliance Atlantis||$14 million||$6,413,915|
|March 15, 2002||Resident Evil||co-production with Constantin Film, Capcom, New Legacy Film, Davis Films and Impact Pictures||$33 million||$102,441,078|
|October 11, 2002||Swept Away||$10 million||$598,645|
|October 18, 2002||The 51st State||U.S. distribution only, co-production with Alliance Atlantis and Momentum Pictures||$27 million||$14,439,698|
|November 15, 2002||Half Past Dead||co-production with Franchise Pictures||$25 million||$19,233,280|
|August 22, 2003||The Medallion||theatrically released by TriStar Pictures in USA||$41 million||$34,268,701|
|September 19, 2003||Underworld||also with Lakeshore Entertainment||$22 million||$95,708,457|
|October 31, 2003||In the Cut||co-production with Pathé||$12 million||$23,726,793|
|January 22, 2004||D.E.B.S.||co-production with Destination Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films and Anonymous Content||$3.5 million||$97,446|
|January 30, 2004||You Got Served||$8 million||$48,631,561|
|May 14, 2004||Breakin' All the Rules||$10 million||$12,544,254|
|August 27, 2004||Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid||also with Columbia Pictures and Middle Fork Productions||$25 million||$70,992,898|
|September 10, 2004||Resident Evil: Apocalypse||co-production with Constantin Film, Capcom, Davis Films and Impact Pictures||$45 million||$129,394,835|
|February 4, 2005||Boogeyman||also with Ghost House Pictures||$20 million||$67,192,859|
|March 25, 2005||Steamboy||European distribution only; co-production with Sunrise, Toho and Triumph Films||$20 million||$18,900,000|
|August 26, 2005||The Cave||co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment and Cinerenta||$30 million||$33,296,457|
|September 9, 2005||The Exorcism of Emily Rose||co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment and Firm Films||$19 million||$140,238,064|
|October 7, 2005||The Gospel||co-production with Rainforest Films||$3.5 million||$15,778,152|
|January 6, 2006||Hostel||also with Lionsgate Films||$4.8 million||$80.6 million|
|January 20, 2006||Underworld: Evolution||also with Lakeshore Entertainment||$50 million||$111,340,801|
|February 3, 2006||When a Stranger Calls||co-production with Davis Entertainment||$15 million||$66,966,987|
|March 3, 2006||Ultraviolet||$30 million||$31,070,211|
|September 8, 2006||The Covenant||co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment and Sandstorm Films||$20 million||$37,597,471|
|January 12, 2007||Stomp the Yard||co-production with Rainforest Films||$13 million||$75,511,123|
|February 2, 2007||The Messengers||also with Columbia Pictures and Ghost House Pictures||$16 million||$54,957,265|
|April 20, 2007||Vacancy||$19 million||$35,300,645|
|June 8, 2007||Hostel: Part II||also with Lionsgate Films||$10.2 million||$35,619,521|
|September 21, 2007||Resident Evil: Extinction||co-production with Constantin Film, Capcom, Davis Films and Impact Pictures||$45 million||$147,717,833|
|November 21, 2007||This Christmas||co-production with Rainforest Films||$13 million||$50,778,121|
|January 11, 2008||First Sunday||co-production with Cube Vision, The Story Company and Firm Films||$38,608,838|
|January 25, 2008||Untraceable||also with Universal Pictures and Lakeshore Entertainment||$35 million||$52,431,162|
|April 11, 2008||Prom Night||co-production with Alliance Films||$20 million||$57,197,876|
|September 19, 2008||Lakeview Terrace||co-production with Overbrook Entertainment||$20 million||$44,653,637|
|October 10, 2008||Quarantine||co-production with Vertigo Entertainment, Filmax and Andale Pictures||$12 million||$41,319,906|
|January 23, 2009||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans||co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment and Sketch Films||$35 million||$91,327,197|
|February 20, 2009||Fired Up||$20 million||$18,598,852|
|April 24, 2009||Obsessed||co-production with Rainforest Films||$20 million||$73,830,340|
|October 16, 2009||The Stepfather||co-production with Granada Productions||$20 million||$31,178,915|
|December 4, 2009||Armored||$20 million||$20,900,733|
|January 22, 2010||Legion||co-production with Bold Films||$26 million||$67,918,658|
|February 5, 2010||Dear John||co-production with Relativity Media||$25 million||$112,157,433|
|April 16, 2010||Death at a Funeral||co-production with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment||$21 million||$49,050,886|
|August 27, 2010||Takers||co-production with Rainforest Films||$32 million||$70,587,268|
|September 10, 2010||Resident Evil: Afterlife||co-production with Constantin Film, Capcom, Davis Films and Impact Pictures||$60 million||$300,228,084|
|September 17, 2010||Easy A||co-production with Olive Bridge Entertainment||$8 million||$74,952,305|
|November 24, 2010||Burlesque||co-production with De Line Pictures||$55 million||$90,000,000|
|December 22, 2010||Country Strong||$15 million||$20,529,194|
|February 4, 2011||The Roommate||co-production with Vertigo Entertainment||$16 million||$40,424,438|
|May 13, 2011||Priest||co-production with Tokyopop||$60 million||$78,309,131|
|July 22, 2011||Friends with Benefits||co-production with Castle Rock Entertainment, Zucker and Olive Bridge Entertainment||$35 million||$149,542,245|
|July 29, 2011||Attack the Block||U.S distribution only; produced by Stage 6 Films, Icon Productions, StudioCanal, the UK Film Council, Big Talk Productions and Film4 Productions||$13 million||$5,824,175|
|September 16, 2011||Straw Dogs||$25 million||$10,324,441|
|January 20, 2012||Underworld: Awakening||co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment and Sketch Films||$70 million||$130,856,741|
|February 10, 2012||The Vow||co-production with Spyglass Entertainment||$30 million||$153,214,597|
|April 20, 2012||Think Like a Man||co-production with Rainforest Films||$12 million||$96,070,507|
|September 14, 2012||Resident Evil: Retribution||co-production with Constantin Film, Capcom, Davis Films and Impact Pictures||$65 million||$240,159,255|
|August 21, 2013||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||U.S distribution only; produced by FilmDistrict, Entertainment One, and Constantin Film||$60 million||$75,965,567|
|September 20, 2013||Battle of the Year||$20 million||$14,185,460|
|October 18, 2013||Carrie||Theatrical distribution, co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Misher Films||$30 million||$82,394,288|
|February 14, 2014||About Last Night||co-production with Rainforest Films and Olive Bridge Entertainment||$13 million||$49,002,684|
|June 20, 2014||Think Like a Man Too||co-production with Will Packer Productions||$24 million||$70,181,428|
|July 2, 2014||Deliver Us from Evil||co-production with Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Ingenious Film Partners||$30 million||$87,937,815|
|September 12, 2014||No Good Deed||co-production with Will Packer Productions||$13 million||$54,323,210|
|January 16, 2015||The Wedding Ringer||co-production with Miramax Films, LStar Capital, and Will Packer Productions||$23 million||$79,799,880|
|September 11, 2015||The Perfect Guy||$12 million||$60,185,587|
|February 5, 2016||Pride and Prejudice and Zombies||U.K. distribution by Lionsgate; Co-production with Stage 6 Films, Cross Creek Pictures, Sierra Pictures, MadRiver Pictures, Darko Entertainment and Handsomecharlie Films||$28 million||$16,374,328|
|August 26, 2016||Don't Breathe||co-production with Stage 6 Films and Ghost House Pictures||$9.9 million||$89,985,571|
|September 9, 2016||When the Bough Breaks||co-production with Unique Features||$10 million||$30,658,387|
|January 6, 2017||Underworld: Blood Wars||co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment and Sketch Films||$35 million||$81,093,313|
|January 27, 2017||Resident Evil: The Final Chapter||Co-production with Constantin Film, Davis Films, Impact Pictures, Capcom Co, Ltd.||$40 million||$312,242,626|
|October 31, 2017||Keep Watching||co-production with Voltage Productions||$5 million||$94,178|
|January 12, 2018||Proud Mary||$14–30 million||$21.8 million|
|August 10, 2018||Slender Man||co-production with Mythology Entertainment, Madhouse Entertainment, and It Is No Dream Entertainment||$10–28 million||$51.7 million|
|August 24, 2018||Searching||co-production with Bazelevs Company and Stage 6 Films||$880,000||$75.5 million|
|November 30, 2018||The Possession of Hannah Grace||co-production with Broken Road Productions||$6–7.7 million||$43 million|
|May 3, 2019||The Intruder||co-production with Hidden Empire Film Group and Primary Wave Entertainment||$5–8 million||$36.5 million|
|May 24, 2019||Brightburn||co-production with The H Collective & Stage 6 Films||$6–12 million||$32.4 million|
|October 25, 2019||Black and Blue||Deon Taylor|
|January 3, 2020||The Grudge||co-production with Stage 6 Films and Ghost House Pictures||Nicolas Pesce|
|September 4, 2020||Monster Hunter||co-production with Toho||Paul W. Anderson|
|TBA||Just Dance||co-production with Ubisoft Motion Pictures|
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