Revolution Studios

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Revolution Studios
Industry Film
Founded 2000 (film studio)
2001 (television studio)
Headquarters USA
Key people Joe Roth
Products Motion pictures
Television series
Parent Fortress Investment Group

Revolution Studios is an American production/distribution company founded in 2000 by Joe Roth, a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox. Revolution was formerly a strategic partner of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which distributed and marketed Revolution's films. The company's film division shut down in October 2007, coinciding with the end of the six-year deal with Sony.[1] Revolution Studios' first film was Tomcats and the last film was The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

Revolution currently produces a sitcom based on its film Are We There Yet? for TBS[2] and a sitcom adaptation of Anger Management for FX.[3]

Roth owned the controlling interest in Revolution. Other shareholders included Hollywood executives Todd Garner, Rob Moore, Tom Sherak and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, as well as Sony Pictures, Starz Entertainment (which owns pay cable rights to its films), and 20th Century Fox. In June 2014, Roth announced that he had sold Revolution Studios to Fortress Investment Group for roughly $250 million.[4]

In October 2014, Revolution Studios acquired the foreign rights and copyrights to the Morgan Creek Productions library.[5]

Corporate partnerships[edit]

Revolution Studios had strategic partnerships with Sony Pictures, Fox Entertainment Group (FEG) and Starz Entertainment. Sony released Revolution's output into movie theaters domestically and internationally and facilitates distribution (via Sony/Columbia Pictures) for Revolution content to DVD/home video.

Starz Entertainment has the rights to Revolution's library for their pay-television channels (Starz and Encore) through Sony Pictures Television (SPT). FEG retains the broadcast television rights (Revolution content airs on the Fox Broadcasting Company) and basic cable rights (FX Networks) through SPT and Debmar-Mercury (broadcast syndication of Revolution Studios films will go through Debmar-Mercury and 20th Century Fox Television).

By 2016, the distribution rights of the films will have reverted to Revolution Studios, which can then decide how to manage its library of films.[6]

In October 2014, Revolution Studios forged a global licensing pact with Miramax, wherein the latter company would sell the worldwide TV and digital distribution rights to the former's library. Miramax has been handling US sales of the Revolution library since June 2012.[7]


Revolution has produced such films as:


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