Producers Sales Organization

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Producers Sales Organization was an independent production/sales company founded in 1977.[1] Initiated by Mark Damon, an actor-turned-producer,[1] PSO (its otherwise known moniker) largely handled foreign sales of independent films. It was initially was a partnership between Damon, producer Sandy Howard, and Richard St. Johns, who worked for Arthur Guinness Son & Co. At one point, it was a subsidiary of Guinness.[2] In its final years of existence, PSO briefly became a full-fledged production company.

Despite releasing many successful films, PSO ended up running into financial problems and was forced into bankruptcy in 1986, effectively ending the company.[3] Many of its employees were soon hired by Vestron Pictures to run a new foreign sales unit dubbed Producers Distribution Organization, later renamed Interaccess Film Distribution, Inc.[4][5][6]

A year after PSO ended, Damon founded a new company, with Peter Guber and Jon Peters, called Vision International.[1]

A majority of the PSO library would ultimately end up with Mel Gibson and his Icon International company.

Among the most notable films PSO represented or financed include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [1]
  2. ^ Damon & Schreyer, p. 47-49
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ LA BRIEFLY. Daily News of Los Angeles (August 26, 1986).
  6. ^ Billboard (November 1, 1986), p. 48
  7. ^ Damon & Schreyer, p. 53-56
  8. ^ Damon & Schreyer, p. 58
  9. ^ Damon & Schreyer, p. 56-57
  10. ^ Damon & Schreyer, p. 58
  11. ^ Damon & Schreyer, p. 60-65
  12. ^ a b c d e [4]
  13. ^ [5]
  14. ^ [6]
  15. ^ [7]

Further reading[edit]

  • Mark Damon; Linda Schreyer (2008). From Cowboy to Mogul to Monster: The Neverending Story of Film Pioneer Mark Damon. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

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