Gracie Films is a Californian film and television production company, created by James L. Brooks in 1986. The company has produced many award-winning films and television series, including Broadcast News, Jerry Maguire, and most notably The Simpsons. The company is primarily associated with film studio and distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment, but it still has an office at the 20th Century Fox lot as The Simpsons is still produced there.
James L. Brooks created the production company with the help of 20th Century Fox in 1986, which was named after the comedian Gracie Allen. The company was established to "provide real writers with a vehicle to get their movies made". Through the company, Brooks gave The Simpsons free rein when it came to writing the series, as he firmly believed they were the most important part of the process. Indie, Inc described it as "James L. Brooks and Polly Platt's production company, Gracie Films, which had a relationship with Columbia."
Simpsons Confidential said: "It's important to note that in the legal battles over The Simpsons, it was Fox that was being sued, not Gracie Films".
Beyond Monopoly said: "FOX and Gracie Films (co-producers of the series) have paid to every phase of the show's international distribution". Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish? explained: "In Italy, in particular, Gracie Films has worked in collaboration with Mediaset (the local distributor of The Simpsons) to find voices for dubbing that would match those of the original American actors as closely as possible."
The Gracie Films logo depicts whispering and even noisy movie patrons in a theater being shushed by a woman so the company's logo accompanied by music and a blue background can be seen and heard.
Some special versions of the company's logo was made to fit episodes of shows like The Simpsons and King of the Hill, for example playing the jingle in a minor key with a pipe organ, and replacing the hush with a scream in the Treehouse of Horror episodes. Often, dialogue from characters can be heard during the logo, sometimes in response to the shushing.
Notable TV series and films produced
- The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)
- Broadcast News (1987)
- Big (1988)
- Say Anything... (1989)
- The War of the Roses (1989)
- The Simpsons (1989–present)
- Sibs (1991–1992)
- Phenom (1993–1994, co-produced by Columbia Pictures Television)
- The Critic (1994–1995)
- I'll Do Anything (1994)
- Jerry Maguire (1996, released by TriStar Pictures)
- Bottle Rocket (1996)
- As Good as It Gets (1997, released by TriStar Pictures)
- Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
- What About Joan? (2001–2002 co-production with Columbia TriStar Television)
- Spanglish (2004)
- The Simpsons Movie (2007)
- How Do You Know (2010)
- The Longest Daycare (2012)
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