Interscope Communications

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Interscope Communications
Industry Film studio
Fate Shut down
Founded 1982
Defunct 2003
Key people Ted Field
Robert W. Cort
Scott Kroopf
Parent Independent (1982–1992)
PolyGram (1992–1999)
Universal Studios (1999, 2001–2003)
USA Films (1999–2001)
Subsidiaries Interscope Records

Interscope Communications (also known as Interscope Pictures) was a motion picture production company founded in 1982 by Ted Field. Its divisions included Interscope Records (which was founded in 1990 as a joint venture with Atlantic Records).

History[edit]

Interscope Communications was founded in 1982 by media mogul Ted Field, who aimed to create films with mass appeal.[1] Field acted as a producer or executive producer on a number of films in Interscope's filmography. The company’s first film, Revenge of the Nerds, was released in 1984 and was a box office success. [2] The same year, Robert W. Cort, a former executive of 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, joined Interscope and became the president of the company. Cort also co-produced a number of films.

In 1990, Nomura Babcock & Brown (NBB) invested $250 million in a joint venture with The Walt Disney Company and Interscope Communications. The deal called for NBB to co-produce and finance[1] films for Interscope and Disney for four years. The joint venture produced five films between 1992 and 1995, all of which were marketed and released under two of Disney's production banners, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures.[3] The most successful film co-produced by Interscope and NBB was The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), while other films produced by the joint venture were critical and commercial failures.[4]

PolyGram[edit]

In 1992, PolyGram bought a controlling interest in Interscope Communications. Production and marketing budgets were drawn from a $200-million film fund established by Polygram. Between 1994 and 1996, PolyGram, under its subsidiary label PolyGram Filmed Entertainment began co-producing a number of films with Interscope for The Walt Disney Company’s studio labels Walt Disney Pictures, Hollywood Pictures and Touchstone Pictures.[1] Robert W. Cort, president of Interscope, left the company at the end of 1995, believing that PolyGram "took on much more of a corporate environment than it had before and that consequently his role had become more like an executive's than a producer's."[4]

Beginning in 1996, Interscope began producing films for PFE's new label PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Distribution, which distributed a number of mainstream films.[5] In 1999, after PolyGram was bought by Universal Studios, Interscope's film unit was retained as a subsidiary of Universal until it was shut down in 2003. Interscope Records, however, still exists as part of Universal Music Group (whose predecessor MCA purchased Atlantic's stake in the label in 1995).

Filmography[edit]

Interscope Communications has produced 56 films. Of the 56 films produced, only 14 are direct-to-video or made-for-television productions. Currently, all of the films that Interscope produced for Orion Pictures, and De Laurentiis Entertainment Group between 1989 and 1991 are owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which acquired the studios in separate transactions.[6] Films produced for PolyGram Filmed Entertainment or Gramercy Pictures are now owned by Universal Studios. Note that in all cases the distributor or distributors are also co-producers. The box office column reflects the worldwide gross for the theatrical release of the films in United States dollars.

Year Title Director Co-production company(s) Distributor(s) Box office Ref.
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Kanew, JeffJeff Kanew 20th Century Fox $40,874,452 [2]
1985 Turk 182 Clark, BobBob Clark 20th Century Fox $3,594,997 [7]
1985 American Geisha 2 Lee Phillips CBS
1987 Outrageous Fortune Hiller, ArthurArthur Hiller Silver Screen Partners II Touchstone Pictures $52,864,741 [8]
1987 Stillwatch 2 Holcomb, RodRod Holcomb CBS
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Roth, JoeJoe Roth 20th Century Fox $30,063,289 [9]
1987 Three Men and a Baby Nimoy, LeonardLeonard Nimoy Silver Screen Partners III Touchstone Pictures $167,780,960 [10]
1988 The Seventh Sign Schultz, CarlCarl Schultz TriStar Pictures $18,875,011 [11]
1988 Cocktail Donaldson, RogerRoger Donaldson Silver Screen Partners III Touchstone Pictures $171,504,781 [12]
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Herek, StephenStephen Herek Nelson Entertainment Orion Pictures $40,485,039 [13]
1989 Collision Course 1 Teague, LewisLewis Teague DEG
1989 Renegades Sholder, JackJack Sholder Morgan Creek Productions Universal Pictures $9,015,164 [14]
1989 Blind Fury Noyce, PhillipPhillip Noyce TriStar Pictures $2,692,037 [15]
1989 My Boyfriend's Back 2 Paul Schneider NBC
1989 An Innocent Man Yates, PeterPeter Yates Silver Screen Partners III Touchstone Pictures $20,047,604 [16]
1989 A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story2 John Patterson Walt Disney Television [17]
1990 The First Power Robert Resnikoff Nelson Entertainment Orion Pictures $22,424,195
1990 Bird on a Wire Badham, JohnJohn Badham The Badham-Cohen Group Universal Pictures $138,697,012 [18]
1990 A Gnome Named Gnorm 1 Winston, StanStan Winston Lightning Pictures Vestron Pictures
1990 Three Men and a Little Lady Ardolino, EmileEmile Ardolino Touchstone Pictures $71,609,321 [19]
1990 Eve of Destruction Gibbins, DuncanDuncan Gibbins Nelson Entertainment Orion Pictures $5,451,119 [20]
1991 The Last to Go2 Erman, JohnJohn Erman ABC
1991 Aftermath 2 Jordan, GlennGlenn Jordan CBS [17]
1991 Class Action Apted, MichaelMichael Apted 20th Century Fox $28,277,918 [21]
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Hewitt, PeterPeter Hewitt Nelson Entertainment Orion Pictures $38,037,513 [22]
1991 Paradise Mary Agnes Donahue Touchwood Pacific Partners I Touchstone Pictures $18,634,643 [23]
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Hanson, CurtisCurtis Hanson Nomura Babcock & Brown Hollywood Pictures $88,036,683 [24]
1992 The Cutting Edge Glaser, Paul MichaelPaul Michael Glaser Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $25,105,517 [25]
1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Moyle, AllanAllan Moyle Nomura Babcock & Brown Touchstone Pictures $ 3,721,911 [26]
1992 Out on a Limb Veber, FrancisFrancis Veber Universal Pictures $1,659,542 [27]
1993 Foreign Affairs 2 Jim O'Brien TNT [28]
1994 The Air Up There Glaser, Paul MichaelPaul Michael Glaser PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/
Nomura Babcock & Brown
Hollywood Pictures $21,011,318 [29]
1994 Holy Matrimony Nimoy, LeonardLeonard Nimoy PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Hollywood Pictures $12,096,881 [30]
1994 Terminal Velocity Sarafian, DeranDeran Sarafian PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/
Nomura Babcock & Brown
Hollywood Pictures $16,487,349 [31]
1994 A Part of the Family 2 David Madden PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
1995 Roommates Yates, PeterPeter Yates PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/
Nomura Babcock & Brown
Hollywood Pictures $12,096,881 [32]
1995 Separate Lives David Madden Trimark Pictures $961,147 [33]
1995 Body Language 2 Eric Harlacher HBO
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop Wincer, SimonSimon Wincer PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Walt Disney Pictures $24,670,346 [34]
1995 The Tie That Binds Strick, WesleyWesley Strick PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Hollywood Pictures $5,830,454 [35]
1995 Two Much Trueba, FernandoFernando Trueba Polygram Filmed Entertainment/
Sogetel
Touchstone Pictures $1,141,556 [36]
1995 Jumanji Johnston, JoeJoe Johnston TriStar Pictures $162,322,000 [37]
1995 Mr. Holland's Opus Herek, StephenStephen Herek PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Hollywood Pictures $106,269,971 [38]
1996 Boys Stacy Cochran PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Touchstone Pictures $516,349 [39]
1996 Kazaam Glaser, Paul MichaelPaul Michael Glaser PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Touchstone Pictures $18,937,262 [40]
1996 The Associate Glaser, Paul MichaelPaul Michael Glaser PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Hollywood Pictures $12,844,057 [41]
1997 Dead Silence 2 Petrie, Jr., DanielDaniel Petrie, Jr. Alliance Communications HBO Pictures
1997 Gridlock'd Curtis-Hall, VondieVondie Curtis-Hall PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Gramercy Pictures $5,571,205 [42]
1997 Snow White: A Tale of Terror 2 Michael Cohn PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Gramercy Pictures
1998 The Proposition Glatter, Leslie LinkaLeslie Linka Glatter PolyGram Filmed Entertainment $147,773 [43]
1998 Very Bad Things Berg, PeterPeter Berg Initial Entertainment Group/
Ballpark Productions
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment $9,898,412 [44]
1998 What Dreams May Come Ward, VincentVincent Ward PolyGram Filmed Entertainment $55,382,927 [45]
1999 Runaway Bride Marshall, GarryGarry Marshall Lakeshore Entertainment Paramount Pictures/
Touchstone Pictures
$309,457,509 [46]
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Kevin Williamson Konrad Pictures Dimension Films $8,951,935 [47]
2000 Pitch Black Twohy, DavidDavid Twohy PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Gramercy Pictures/
USA Films
$53,187,659 [48]
2000 The Three Stooges 2 Jordan, GlennGlenn Jordan Icon Entertainment International Columbia TriStar
Box office total: $1,837,236,440 —'

1 Direct-to-video release.
2 Released as a made-for-television film

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