Paramount Vantage

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Paramount Vantage
Type Subsidiary
Industry Film
Founded 1998 (as Paramount Classics)
2006 (as Paramount Vantage)
Founder(s) David Dinerstein
Ruth Vitale
Key people John Lesher (President)
Nick Myer (Co-President)
Products Motion pictures
Owner(s) Viacom
Parent Paramount Pictures

Paramount Vantage (originally known as Paramount Classics) is the specialty film division of Paramount Pictures (which, in turn, has Viacom as its parent company), charged with producing, purchasing, distributing and marketing films, generally those with a more "art house" feel than films made and distributed by its parent company.

Paramount Classics was launched in 1998 and released such art house fare as The Virgin Suicides, You Can Count on Me, Sunshine, Mostly Martha, Winter Solstice, and three Patrice Leconte films (Girl on the Bridge, The Man on the Train, Intimate Strangers). Although film journalist David Poland felt "Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein have proven to have wonderful taste heading up Paramount Classics,",[1] the duo was fired in October 2005.[2]

In 2006, the Paramount Vantage brand branched off from Paramount Classics, which was relaunched in 2007 as a distributor of "smaller, review-driven films including foreign-language acquisitions and documentaries." [3]

In 2007, Paramount Vantage partnered with Disney subsidiary Miramax Films on two of the year's most highly regarded movies, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood with Miramax Films. Both films garnered eight nominations at the Academy Awards, with There Will Be Blood winning the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, while No Country for Old Men won for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem, and Best Picture.

Despite its critical success, Paramount Vantage continually failed to deliver the financial returns Paramount Pictures expected. Only No Country for Old Men made a profit, while films that should have generated significant returns failed to deliver through either poor or excessive marketing.[4]

In June 2008, Paramount Pictures consolidated Paramount Vantage’s marketing, distribution, and physical production departments into the parent studio, while retaining the Paramount Vantage brand to develop and acquire specialty product with dedicated creative staff.[5]

Paramount Classics releases[edit]

Name Release Date Production Company(s)
Trekkies March 12, 1999
Get Real April 30, 1999
Cabaret Balkan July 23, 1999
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole August 6, 1999 co-production with Cuplan Productions LLC
Train of Life November 12, 1999
Where's Marlowe? November 12, 1999
Deterrence March 10, 2000
The Virgin Suicides May 12, 2000
Passion of Mind May 26, 2000
Sunshine June 9, 2000
Girl on the Bridge July 28, 2000
You Can Count on Me November 17, 2000
The Gift January 19, 2001 co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment
Company Man March 9, 2001 co-production with Pathé
Savage Souls May 20, 2001 co-production with Paramount Pictures
Bride of the Wind June 8, 2001
An American Rhapsody August 24, 2001
Our Lady of the Assassins September 7, 2001
My First Mister October 12, 2001
Focus November 2, 2001
Sidewalks of New York November 21, 2001
Mean Machine February 22, 2002
Festival in Cannes March 3, 2002
The Triumph of Love May 10, 2002
The Emperor's New Clothes June 14, 2002
Who Is Cletis Tout? July 26, 2002
Mostly Martha August 16, 2002
Just a Kiss September 27, 2002
Bloody Sunday October 4, 2002
The Way Home November 15, 2002
Till Human Voices Wake Us February 21, 2003
House of Fools April 25, 2003
The Man on the Train May 9, 2003
Northfork July 11, 2003
And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen August 8, 2003
The Singing Detective October 24, 2003
The Machinist January 18, 2004
The Reckoning March 5, 2004
The United States of Leland April 2, 2004
Love Me If You Dare May 11, 2004
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead June 16, 2004
Intimate Strangers July 30, 2004
Mean Creek August 20, 2004
Enduring Love October 29, 2004
Fade to Black November 5, 2004
Schultze Gets the Blues February 18, 2005
Winter Solstice April 8, 2005
Mad Hot Ballroom May 13, 2005 co-production with Nickelodeon Movies, Warner Bros., Pathé and Just One Productions
After You... June 3, 2005
Hustle & Flow July 22, 2005
Asylum August 12, 2005
Neil Young: Heart of Gold February 10, 2006
Ask the Dust March 17, 2006 co-production with Pathé
An Inconvenient Truth May 24, 2006
Typhoon June 2, 2006
Broken Bridges September 8, 2006
Arctic Tale July 25, 2007
Beneath August 7, 2007
The Kite Runner December 14, 2007
Shine a Light April 4, 2008

Paramount Vantage releases[edit]

Release Date Film title Academy Awards and Notes
October 27, 2006 Babel US distribution only, co-production with Paramount Pictures, Anonymous Content, Zeta Film and Central Films
January 20, 2007 Year of the Dog January 20, 2007
March 2, 2007 Black Snake Moan
June 22, 2007 A Mighty Heart
September 21, 2007 Into the Wild
  • 2 Nominations
November 9, 2007 No Country for Old Men
  • Won
  • Additional nominations
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Editing
    • Best Sound
    • Best Sound Editing
November 16, 2007 Margot at the Wedding
December 26, 2007 There Will Be Blood
  • Won
  • Additional nominations
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
    • Best Editing
    • Best Picture
    • Best Adapted Screenplay
    • Best Sound Editing
January 25, 2008 How She Move
February 1, 2008 The Eye
May 2, 2008 Son of Rambow
May 30, 2008 The Foot Fist Way
July 25, 2008 American Teen
September 19, 2008 The Duchess
  • Won
    • Best Costume Design
  • Additional nomination
    • Best Art Direction
December 26, 2008 Revolutionary Road
  • 3 Nominations
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Costume Design
    • Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon
December 31, 2008 Defiance
  • 1 Nomination
    • Best Original Score
August 14, 2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.
August 21, 2009 The Marc Pease Experience
September 4, 2009 Carriers
October 2, 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story
August 8, 2010 Middle Men
September 24, 2010 Waiting for "Superman"
October 1, 2010 Case 39
October 28, 2011 Like Crazy
March 16, 2012 Jeff, Who Lives at Home co-production with Indian Paintbrush
December 21, 2012 Not Fade Away
November 15, 2013 Nebraska co-production with Filmnation Entertainment

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