StudioCanal

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Studio Canal
Type Division
Industry Filmmaking
distribution
Founded 1988 (as CANAL+ Production)
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people Ross Coleman (CEO)
Parent Canal+ Group
Website www.studiocanal.com

StudioCanal (a.k.a. Le Studio Canal+, Canal Plus, Canal+ Distribution, Canal+ Production, and Canal+ Image) is a French-based production (as StudioCanal S.A.) and distribution (as StudioCanal Images S.A.) company that owns the third-largest film library in the world. The company is owned by the Canal+ Group (which is owned for the most part by Vivendi, and Universal Studios (part of NBCUniversal)).

Background[edit]

The company was founded in 1988 by Pierre Lescure as a spin-off of the Canal+ pay-TV network. The original function was to focus on French and European productions, but later made strategic deals with American production companies. StudioCanal's most notable productions from its early years include Terminator 2: Judgment Day, JFK, Basic Instinct, Cliffhanger, Under Siege, Free Willy, and the original Stargate movie. In those days, it was known as Le Studio Canal+.

It has strong links to Universal Studios (Studiocanal and Universal Studios were owned by the same company between 2000 and 2004, hence StudioCanal co-produced a fair number of Universal's films. In 2004, when Vivendi merged its media assets with GE to form NBC Universal, it included a 50% stake in both StudioCanal and Canal+. Even though Vivendi later sold its stake in NBCUniversal, it still owns those stakes in StudioCanal and Canal+ (via the Canal+ Group).

Other films the company financed include U-571, Bully, and Bridget Jones's Diary. StudioCanal also funded the last third of David Lynch's film Mulholland Drive.[1] StudioCanal also financed French-language films, such as Brotherhood of the Wolf (which became the second-highest-grossing French-language film in the United States in the last two decades) and Intimate Strangers (which is being remade by Hollywood-based Paramount Pictures[2]).The biggest box office hits for StudioCanal have been Terminator 2: Judgment Day which grossed US$ 519 million, Basic Instinct which grossed US$ 352 million and The Tourist which grossed US$ 278 million worldwide.[3][4][5]

Film library[edit]

StudioCanal acquired film libraries from studios that either went defunct or had merged with it over the years. As a result, the company's library is the third-largest in the world.

StudioCanal's library includes the film libraries of:

Distribution[edit]

StudioCanal acquired UK-based distributor Optimum Releasing in 2006.[6] In 2008 StudioCanal acquired German distributor Kinowelt who distributed their films up to that point.[7] Both companies have since been renamed StudioCanal.[8] StudioCanal had also acquired the Australian distribution company, Hoyts Distribution in 2012.[9]

Outside France, the United Kingdom, and Germany, StudioCanal does not have a formal distribution unit per se, relying on other studios and video companies to handle their product, in the United States for example, Criterion, Rialto Pictures, Lionsgate, Image Entertainment, MGM and Universal Pictures, distribute StudioCanal's back catalogue on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (in addition of Anchor Bay Entertainment previously handling several of their titles). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment handles distribution of StudioCanal/Hoyts' films in Australia & New Zealand for DVD & Blu-ray release.

StudioCanal also handles home entertainment distribution of 550 titles from the Miramax Films library internationally (Lions Gate handles US distribution and Entertainment One handles Canadian distribution) since February 2011.[10][11]

Selected Filmography[edit]

This list also includes films that were released by Canal+, Canal+Image and Canal+Droits Audiovisuels.

1980s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Sur March 5, 1988
Chouans! March 23, 1988 Distributed by UGC
El Dorado April 20, 1988
Young Toscanini October 7, 1988
Mignon è partita October 20, 1988
The Hostage of Europe September 29, 1989

1990s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
The Image January 27, 1990 Distributed by HBO
Total Recall June 1, 1990 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
The Man Inside October 26, 1990
Hamlet December 19, 1990 Distributed by Warner Bros.
The Little Gangster December 19, 1990
Amelia Lópes O'Neill February 1991
The Conviction February 28, 1991
The Doors March 1, 1991 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Madame Bovary April 3, 1991
The Yes Man April 5, 1991
Pour Sacha April 10, 1991 Distributed by UGC
Money April 17, 1991 Distributed by United International Pictures
Triplex April 17, 1991
The Double Life of Véronique May 15, 1991 Distributed by Miramax Films
Out of Life May 15, 1991
Cold Moon May 22, 1991
Sushi Sushi June 19, 1991
Toto the Hero June 19, 1991
Terminator 2: Judgment Day July 1, 1991 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Night and Day August 28, 1991
Prospero's Books August 30, 1991
Jacquot de Nantes September 6, 1991
The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea September 9, 1991
Agantuk October 1991 Distributed by Artificial Eye
Scream of Stone October 3, 1991
Road to Ruin October 9, 1991
High Heels October 23, 1991
My Father the Hero October 23, 1991
Van Gogh October 30, 1991
Jesuit Joe November 6, 1991
The Suspended Step of the Stork December 4, 1991
Let Him Have It December 6, 1991 Distributed by British Screen Productions
Nothing But Lies December 11, 1991
Night on Earth December 12, 1991 Distributed by Fine Line Features
Tous les Matins du Monde Demember 18, 1991 Distributed by Koch-Lorber Films
JFK December 20, 1991 Distributed by Warner Bros.
A Tale of Winter January 29, 1992
La Vie de Bohème February 18, 1992
Betty February 19, 1992
Les Enfants du naufrageur February 19, 1992 Distributed by Gaumont Film Company
Lessons of Darkness February 21, 1992 Distributed by Premiere
The Mambo Kings February 28, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Memoirs of an Invisible Man February 28, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
La Belle Histoire March 18, 1992 Distributed by AFMD/Les Films 13
Basic Instinct March 20, 1992 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
The Power of One March 27, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Céline April 1, 1992
The Stolen Children April 10, 1992 Distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Indochine April 15, 1992 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
The Return of Casanova May 13, 1992
The Vagrant May 15, 1992 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
The Sentinel May 20, 1992
Universal Soldier July 10, 1992 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
The Plague August 26, 1992
A Heart in Winter September 2, 1992 Distributed by Koch-Lorber Films
Léolo September 16, 1992
The Oak September 16, 1992
Bitter Moon September 23, 1992 Distributed by Fine Line Features
An Independent Life September 30, 1992 Distributed by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Flight of the Innocent October 9, 1992
Under Siege October 9, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Prague October 23, 1992
Damage December 9, 1992 Distributed by New Line Cinema
Chaplin December 25, 1992 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Hoffa December 25, 1992 Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Arizona Dream January 6, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Sommersby February 5, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Falling Down February 26, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Olivier, Olivier March 3, 1993 Distributed by Oliane Productions
Boiling Point April 16, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Cliffhanger May 28, 1993 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Made in America May 28, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Free Willy July 16, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
That Night August 27, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
The Young Americans October 8, 1993 Distributed by PolyGram
Libera me November 17, 1993
Heaven & Earth December 25, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
In the Land of the Deaf September 14, 1994 Distributed by BBC
The Monster October 22, 1994
Stargate October 28, 1994 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Murder in the First January 20, 1995 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Les Misérables March 22, 1995
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home July 19, 1995 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Nefertiti, figlia del sole August 1, 1995
Carrington September 22, 1995 Distributed by Gramercy Pictures and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Total Eclipse November 3, 1995 Distributed by Fine Line Features
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea November 13, 1995
Cutthroat Island December 22, 1995 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Beaumarchais August 3, 1996 Distributed by New Yorker Films
Les Palmes de M. Schutz April 9, 1997
The Ice Storm May 12, 1997 Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
U Turn August 27, 1997 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca September 12, 1997 Distributed by Triumph Films
The Gambler November 7, 1997
Serial Lover April 22, 1998
The Truce April 24, 1998
Sitcom May 27, 1998
Urban Legend September 25, 1998 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Dr. Akagi October 17, 1998 Distributed by Toei Company
Apt Pupil October 23, 1998 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai May 18, 1999 Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
The Straight Story May 21, 1999 Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
No One Talks to the Colonel June 2, 1999
Dick August 4, 1999 Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Criminal Lovers August 18, 1999
The Ninth Gate August 25, 1999 Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Whiteboyz September 10, 1999 Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Constance October 27, 1999
Season's Beatings November 24, 1999

2000s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Bruiser February 13, 2000
Modern Life March 1, 2000
Love's Labour's Lost March 31, 2000 Distributed by Miramax
U-571 April 21, 2000 Distributed by Universal Studios
Esther Kahn May 18, 2000
Get Your Stuff June 17, 2000 Distributed by Ariztical Entertainment
Cecil B. Demented August 11, 2000 Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
The Man Who Cried September 2, 2000 Distributed by Universal Focus
The Weight of Water September 9, 2000 Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
The Monkey's Mask September 13, 2000 Distributed by Strand Releasing
Billy Elliot September 28, 2000 Distributed by Universal Focus
Kippur October 5, 2000 Distributed by Kino International
Faust: Love of the Damned October 12, 2000
Lucky Numbers October 27, 2000 Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Murderous Maids November 22, 2000
O Brother, Where Art Thou? December 22, 2000 Distributed by Universal Studios and Touchstone Pictures
Harrison's Flowers January 24, 2001 Distributed by Universal
Brotherhood of the Wolf January 31, 2001 Distributed by Universal
Fat Girl March 7, 2001
Bridget Jones's Diary April 4, 2001 Distributed by Miramax Films and Universal Studios
The Profession of Arms May 11, 2001 Distributed by A-Film Distribution
In Priase of Love May 15, 2001
Mullholland Drive May 16, 2001 Distributed by Universal
Human Nature May 18, 2001 Distributed by Fine Line Features
Very Annie Mary May 25, 2001 Distributed by Film4 Productions
Bully June 15, 2001 Distributed by Lionsgate
Brooklyn Babylon August 17, 2001 Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Captain Corelli's Mandolin August 17, 2001 Distributed by Universal and Miramax
Sex and Lucia August 24, 2001 Distributed by Palm Pictures
Une hirondelle a fait le printemps September 5, 2001 Distributed by Mars Distribution
Chasing Sleep September 16, 2001
Vidocq September 19, 2001 Distributed by Lionsgate
Chaos October 3, 2001
Kandahar October 24, 2001 Distributed by Avatar Films
Intimacy November 23, 2001 Distributed by Empire Pictures, Inc.
Safe Conduct January 9, 2002 Distributed by Bac Films and 01 Distribuzione
Love Liza January 14, 2002 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Long Time Dead January 18, 2002 Distributed by Focus Features
40 Days and 40 Nights March 1, 2002 Distributed by Universal and Miramax
Ali G Indahouse March 22, 2002 Distributed by Universal
About a Boy April 26, 2002 Distributed by Universal
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress May 16, 2002 Distributed by Empire
Raising Victor Vargas May 16, 2002 Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
All or Nothing May 17, 2002 Distributed by United Artists
Carnage May 17, 2002
L'Auberge Espagnole May 17, 2002 Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
City of God May 18, 2002 Distributed by Miramax
Irréversible May 22, 2002 Distributed by Mars Distribution
The Pianist May 24, 2002 Distributed by Focus Features
Sex Is Comedy June 5, 2002 Distributed by IFC Films
Les Diables June 23, 2002 Distributed by Océan Films
The Red Siren August 22, 2002 Distributed by Haut et Court
The Guru August 23, 2002 Distributed by Universal
My Little Eye September 10, 2002 Distributed by Focus Features
Ginostra September 13, 2002
Levity January 16, 2003 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Ned Kelly March 27, 2003 Distributed by Focus Features
Johnny English April 11, 2003 Distributed by Universal
The Shape of Things May 9, 2003 Distributed by Focus Features
Visitors June 15, 2003
Love Actually November 7, 2003 Distributed by Universal
Michel Vaillant November 19, 2003
Shaun of the Dead March 9, 2004 Distributed by Rogue Pictures
The Calcium Kid April 30, 2004 Distributed by Universal
Riding Giants July 21, 2004 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Thunderbirds July 23, 2004 Distributed by Universal
Intimate Strangers July 30, 2004 Distributed by Paramount Classics
Mickybo and Me August 2004 Distributed by Universal
Wimbledon September 17, 2004 Distributed by Universal
Inside I'm Dancing October 15, 2004 Distributed by Focus Features
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason November 8, 2004 Distributed by Universal and Miramax
The Interpreter April 8, 2005 Distributed by Universal
Pride & Prejudice September 11, 2005 Distributed by Focus Features
Nanny McPhee October 21, 2005 Distributed by Universal and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
United 93 April 28, 2006 Distributed by Universal
The Science of Sleep August 16, 2006 Distributed by Warner Independent Pictures
The Queen September 2, 2006 Distributed by Miramax
Inland Empire September 6, 2006 Distributed by 518 Media
O Jerusalem October 18, 2006
Catch a Fire October 27, 2006 Distributed by Focus Features
Sixty Six November 3, 2006 Distributed by First Independent Pictures
Smokin' Aces December 9, 2006 Distributed by Universal
Arthur and the Invisibles December 13, 2006 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and The Weinstein Company
Son of Rambow January 22, 2007 Distributed by Paramount Vantage
Hot Fuzz February 14, 2007 Distributed by Rogue Pictures
Gone March 9, 2007 Distributed by Universal
Mr. Bean's Holiday March 24, 2007 Distributed by Universal
My Blueberry Nights May 16, 2007 Distributed by The Weinstein Company
To Each His Own Cinema May 20, 2007
Atonement August 29, 2007 Distributed by Focus Features
Elizabeth: The Golden Age October 12, 2007 Distributed by Universal
Definitely, Maybe February 14, 2008 Distributed by Universal
Taken February 27, 2008 Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Wild Child August 15, 2008 Distributed by Universal
Babylon A.D. August 20, 2008 Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Burn After Reading August 27, 2008 Distributed by Focus Features
RocknRolla September 5, 2008 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Frost/Nixon October 15, 2008 Distributed by Universal
The Secret of Kells February 11, 2009 Distributed by GKIDS
The Boat That Rocked April 1, 2009 Distributed by Focus Features
State of Play April 17, 2009 Distributed by Universal
The Soloist April 24, 2009 Distributed by Universal and DreamWorks
Orphan July 24, 2009 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Metropia September 3, 2009 Distributed by Sandrew Metronome
Chloe September 13, 2009 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
One for the Road September 23, 2009 Distributed by Wild Bunch
A Serious Man October 2, 2009 Distributed by Focus Features
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard November 26, 2009 Distributed by The Weinstein Company

2010s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Green Zone February 26, 2010 Distributed by Universal
And Soon the Darkness February 28, 2010 Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang March 26, 2010 Distributed by Universal
The Tree May 23, 2010 Distributed by Zeitgeist Films
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures August 4, 2010
The Last Exorcism August 27, 2010 Distributed by Lionsgate
Senna October 7, 2010 Distributed by Universal
The Tourist December 10, 2010 Distributed by Columbia Pictures
The Kiss of Evil January 6, 2011
Tales of the Night February 13. 2011 Distributes by GKIDS
Unknown February 18, 2011 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Source Code April 1, 2011 Distributed by Summit Entertainment
The Artist May 15, 2011 Distributed by The Weinstein Company
All Our Desires September 3, 2011
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy September 5, 2011 Distributed by Focus Features
Hysteria September 15, 2011 Distributed by BIM Distribuzione
Johnny English Reborn October 7, 2011 Distributed by Universal
Delicacy November 8, 2011
Contraband January 13, 2012 Distributed by Universal
The Invisible War January 20, 2012 Distributed by Cinedigm
White Elephant May 21, 2012 Distributed by Strand Releasing
On the Road May 23, 2012 Distributed by IFC Films
Cosmopolis May 25, 2012 Distributed by Entertainment One
A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise August 15, 2012
Taken 2 September 7, 2012 Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Love, Marilyn September 12, 2012 Distributed by HBO
Flight October 14, 2012 Distributed by Paramount
I Give It a Year February 8, 2013 Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
The Last Exorcism Part II February 28, 2013 Distributed by CBS Films
Mood Indigo April 10, 2013 Distributed by Drafthouse Films
The Bling Ring May 15, 2013 Distributed by A24 Films
Inside Llewyn Davis May 19, 2013 Distributed by CBS Films
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa August 7, 2013 Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Rush September 13, 2013 Distributed by Universal
Mindscape October 13, 2013 Distributed by Warner Bros.
RoboCop January 30, 2014 Distributed by MGM and Columbia
Non-Stop February 28, 2014 Distributed by Universal
The Two Faces of January April 16, 2014 Distributed by Universal
The House of Magic July 25, 2014
The Imitation Game Novemember 21, 2014 Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Paddington December 12, 2014 Distributed by The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films
Shaun the Sheep February 6, 2015
The Gunman February 20, 2015 Distributed by Open Road Films
Macbeth 2015 Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Man Up 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mulholland Drive at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Ross, Matthew (June 21, 2007). "Kelly Fremon". Variety. 
  3. ^ "Terminator 2: Judgment Day". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Basic Instinct". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Tourist". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Variety
  7. ^ "StudioCanal buys Kinowelt". Variety. Jan 17, 2008. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ http://if.com.au/2013/04/03/article/Hoyts-Distribution-renamed-STUDIOCANAL-in-Australia-and-New-Zealand/MBDQJXMERM.html
  10. ^ Lionsgate, StudioCanal to distribute Miramax films
  11. ^ "Lionsgate, Studiocanal and Miramax Enter Into Home Entertainment Distribution Agreements". Yahoo! Finance. February 11, 2011. 

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