EUE/Screen Gems

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This article is about EUE/Screen Gems Ltd. and EUE/Screen Gems Studios. For the animation/television/feature film production company, see Screen Gems.
EUE/Screen Gems Ltd.
Type Private
Industry Filmmaking
Founded 1965
Headquarters New York, New York, US
Key people George Cooney (CEO)
Owner(s) Columbia Pictures
Employees <100 (2011)
Parent Sony Pictures Studios

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.

Wilmington studio[edit]

Since 1985, more than 350 film, television and commercial projects have shot on the 50-acre lot in coastal Wilmington, North Carolina. Recent films include “Iron Man 3” for Marvel and “The Conjuring” and “We’re the Millers” for New Line/Warner Bros. Recent television projects include “Under the Dome” for CBS, “Eastbound and Down” for HBO and “Sleepy Hollow” for Fox Television.

The full-service studio lot offers 10 stages with 150,000 sq. ft. of column-free shooting space. Production support includes multiple mills, storage, wardrobe space, special effects water facilities, production-ready office suites and on-site lighting, electric and grip.

Three generations of world-class crew, diverse shooting locations and the 25% North Carolina film incentive means Wilmington, NC is attractive for productions of all sizes.

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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.[1] 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.