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|Key people||George Cooney (CEO)|
EUE/Screen Gems Ltd. owns and operates film and television production facilities in Wilmington, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. EUE/Screen Gems branded content division collaborates with global brands and advertising agencies for the development, production, marketing and distribution of filmed entertainment for all media – including theatrical feature film, television, and digital content for the Web and mobile platforms.
The Wilmington studio is the largest production facility in the United States outside of California. Tours are offered each weekend for a small fee, which often include a visit to production sets for television shows such as One Tree Hill.
In 1965 Columbia Pictures acquired a fifty percent intent in the New York based commercial production company EUE (Elliot, Unger and Elliot); Mike Elliot and brother Steve Elliot directed while William Unger handled the business end. The commercial company was incorporated into Screen Gems (the television production division of Columbia Pictures) and renamed EUE/Screen Gems.
In 1982, Columbia Pictures was sold to Coca-Cola. At that time EUE/Screen Gems and the New York production facility were sold to long time Columbia Pictures Executive, George Cooney.
In 1984, producer Dino De Laurentiis purchased a studio facility in Wilmington, NC. It operated under the name DEG (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group), until 1990 when it was purchased by Carolco (producers of Terminator 2: Judgment Day).
George Cooney, owner of EUE/Screen Gems, acquired the Wilmington Studios in 1996 and renamed it EUE/Screen Gems Studios. In May 2009 EUE/Screen Gems Studios opened a 10th "Dream Stage" in Wilmington. This world-class, state-of-the-art studio is a 37,500-square-foot (3,480 m2) columnless structure with a 50x50x6 foot 90,000 gallon special effects water tank.
In 2010 EUE/Screen Gems signed a 50-year lease with the City of Atlanta, Georgia to use the historic Lakewood Fairgrounds as a film and TV production studio. In addition to refurbishing and using the historic structures already on the property, the company has built a 37,500-square-foot (3,480 m2) sound stage. A number of television series, films and commercials have already been filmed, or are currently filmed, at the new studio.
- The CW Television Network show One Tree Hill and The WB's Dawson's Creek and over 300 films, commercials and television projects have been shot at the Wilmington studios.
- Rachael Ray (TV series) is produced for Harpo Productions and distributed by CBS Television Distribution at the New York facility which has also hosted hundreds of productions since 1965.
- Brandon Lee was killed at the North Carolina studios following a firearms malfunction during filming for the movie The Crow.
- "EUE/Screen Gems Studios". North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. Retrieved 2008-09-12.[dead link]