|Headquarters||Burbank, California, United States|
Legendary Pictures, officially Legend Pictures, LLC (also referred to as Legendary Entertainment) is an American film production company based in Burbank, California. The company was founded by Thomas Tull in 2000 and in 2005 the company concluded an agreement to co-produce and co-finance films with Warner Bros.
Thomas Tull founded Legendary Entertainment after raising $500 million from private equity firms. It was one of the first companies of its kind to pair major motion picture production with major Wall Street private equity and hedge fund investors, including ABRY Partners, AIG Direct Investments, Bank of America Capital Investors, Columbia Capital, Falcon Investment Advisors, and M/C Venture Partners. Legendary Pictures, Inc. was incorporated in California in 2000 and in 2005 it signed an agreement with Warner Bros. to co-produce and co-finance up to 40 films over seven years. In 2010 Tull and two other investors, Fidelity Investments and Fortress Investment Group, bought all the shares of the original investors. Following the transaction, Tull became the largest shareholder, thus enabling him to more easily direct the company's operations. In 2011, Accel Partners bought $40 million-worth of shares and Accel partner Jim Breyer joined the company's board of directors. That same year the company was reported to have been valued at more than $1 billion. In September 2011, Chief Creative Officer Jon Jashni was appointed to the new position of President. In December 2012 Waddell & Reed bought around 20% of Legendary's shares for $443 million.
Divisions and ventures 
In addition to producing American feature films, Legendary Entertainment has announced various other business endeavors, which are currently in the early stages of development. In addition to Legend Pictures, LLC; Legendary Pictures, Inc.; and those listed below, Legendary Entertainment owns several shell corporations and holding companies registered as limited liability companies (LLCs) including Legendary Entertainment, Legendary Pictures Films, Legendary Pictures Funding, Legendary Pictures Productions, Legen Pictures, Lpsco, and Lpod.
Digital division 
In 2009, the company announced the establishment of a digital division, to be headed by Kathy Vrabeck, that would primarily focus on game development, a move which surprised many industry analysts because of the film industry's previous disengagement with the video game industry. The goal of the division was reoriented in 2012 with the acquisition of Nerdist Industries, LLC, a pop culture blog with a synonymous podcast. Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick announced that he and his partner Peter Levin (founder of GeekChicDaily) would still have complete editorial autonomy and that they would become the new presidents of the digital division, with Levin heading digital strategy and he digital content.
Legendary Comics 
In 2010, the company announced the launch of a comic book division called Legendary Comics, LLC under the direction of editor-in-chief Bob Schreck. The first graphic novel published by the company was Holy Terror by Frank Miller, which was released in 2011.
Legendary Television 
In 2011, the company announced the creation of Legendary Television, LLC to focus on developing television productions. The division was headed by Jeremy Elice and a co-financing contract with Warner Bros. Television was signed. However, in 2012, Legendary decided to postpone its expansion into television and shut down the division; the contract with Warner Bros. was terminated and Elice left the company.
Legendary East 
In 2011, the company announced the formation of Legendary East Ltd., a joint venture film production company based in Hong Kong. Half of the company will be owned by the shell corporation Paul Y. Engineering Group (which will be partially owned by Kelvin Wu, who will be Legendary East's CEO), 40% will be owned by Legendary Entertainment (through holding companies such as Legendary Asian Pacific, LLC or Legendary East Holdings, LLC), and 10% will be owned by the Chinese film distributor Huayi Brothers International. Legendary East initially hoped to produce one to two globally marketed English-language films per year and finance a quarter of the production of an additional two films per year. Because the company will be based in China, it will be able to circumvent the quota on theatrically released foreign films. The company hoped to raise US$220.5 million through the sale of stock of Paul Y. Engineering Group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by the end of 2011. However, because financing did not meet the targeted goal, Legendary East is planning to continue its efforts to secure financing in 2012. The first film announced by the company is The Great Wall.
Legendary Entertainment has co-produced 27 feature films. In addition, the company is also in the process of producing an additional five films and is developing various other projects. Of the 27 feature films produced, 26 have had theatrical releases and one has had a direct-to-video release. All films that were theatrically released were distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (except for Watchmen which was distributed by both Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures) and the direct-to-video film was distributed by Warner Premiere. Note that in all cases the distributor or distributors are also co-producers. Also, in all cases the film listed is a work of Legendary Pictures, unless the film's name is followed by a subscript "E", indicating that Legendary East is the production company. The box office column reflects the worldwide gross for the theatrical release of the film in United States dollars.
In production 
|2013||Man of Steel||Zack Snyder|
|2013||Pacific Rim||Guillermo del Toro|
|2013||The Seventh Son||Sergei Bodrov|
|2014||300: Rise of an Empire||Noam Murro|
Legendary Comics has published five graphic novels, with additional ones in production.
- Holy Terror (September 2011, story and art by Frank Miller, cover colors by Dave Stewart, ISBN 978-1937278007)
- The Tower Chronicles: GeistHawk (2012–2013, story by Matt Wagner, pencils by Simon Bisley, inks by Rodney Ramos, colors by Ryan Brown, letters by Sean Konot)
- Volume One (September 2012, cover pencils by Jim Lee, cover inks by Scott Williams, cover colors by Alex Sinclair, ISBN 978-1937278021)
- Volume Two (November 2012, cover art by Alex Ross, ISBN 978-1937278076)
- Volume Three (January 2013, cover art by Tim Bradstreet, ISBN 978-1937278083)
- Volume Four (March 2013, cover art by Shane Davis, ISBN 978-1937278090)
In production 
- Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero (June 2013; story by Travis Beacham; pencils by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, Pericles Junior, Chris Batista, and Geoff Shaw; inks by Steve Bird and Mark McKenna; cover art by Alex Ross; ISBN 978-0785153948)
- Shadow Walk (November 2013, story by Mark Waid, pencils by Shane Davis, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Morry Hollowell)
- Annihilator (2013, story by Grant Morrison)
- The Majestic Files (2013, story by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils by Geoff Shaw, inks by Matt Banning)
- The Tower Chronicles: GrimStalker (story by Matt Wagner, pencils by Simon Bisley)
- The Tower Chronicles: WraithQuest (story by Matt Wagner, pencils by Simon Bisley)
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