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 Alliance Films handles Canadian distribution) since February 2011.[10][11]

Selected Filmography[edit]

1990s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Terminator 2: Judgement Day July 1, 1991 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
JFK December 20, 1991 Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominee of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama
Distributed by Warner Bros.
The Mambo Kings February 28, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Memoirs of an Invisible Man February 28, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Basic Instinct March 20, 1992 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
The Power of One March 27, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Under Siege October 9, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
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.
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.
Heaven & Earth December 25, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Stargate October 28, 1994 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures
Murder in the First January 20, 1995 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Les Misérables March 22, 1995 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home July 19, 1995 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Carrington September 22, 1995 Distributed by Gramercy Pictures and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Cutthroat Island December 22, 1995 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures
The Ice Storm May 12, 1997 Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
The Truce April 24, 1998
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

2000s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
U-571 April 21, 2000 Distributed by Universal Studios
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
Billy Elliot September 28, 2000 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Distributed by Universal Focus
Lucky Numbers October 27, 2000 Distributed by Paramount Pictures
O Brother, Where Art Thou? December 22, 2000 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
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
Bridget Jones's Diary April 4, 2001 Nominee of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Distributed by Miramax Films and Universal Studios
Mullholland Drive May 16, 2001 Nominee of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama
Distributed by Universal
Human Nature May 18, 2001 Distributed by Fine Line Features
Bully June 15, 2001 Distributed by Lionsgate
Captain Corelli's Mandolin August 17, 2001 Distributed by Universal and Miramax
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 Nominee of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Distributed by Universal
All or Nothing May 17, 2002 Distributed by United Artists
City of God May 18, 2002 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Distributed by Miramax
The Pianist May 24, 2002 Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominee of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama
Distributed by Focus Features
The Guru August 23, 2002 Distributed by Universal
My Little Eye September 10, 2002 Distributed by Focus Features
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
Love Actually November 7, 2003 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Distributed by Universal
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 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
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
Inland Empire September 6, 2006 Distributed by 518 Media
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
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
Atonement August 29, 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
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 Nominee of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Distributed by Focus Features
RocknRolla September 5, 2008 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Frost/Nixon October 15, 2008 Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama
Distributed by Universal
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.
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 Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Distributed by Focus Features

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
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
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
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy September 5, 2011 Distributed by Focus Features
Johnny English Reborn October 7, 2011 Distributed by Universal
Delicacy November 8, 2011
Contraband January 13, 2012 Distributed by Universal
On the Road May 23, 2012 Distributed by IFC Films
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
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
Paddington November 28, 2014
The Gunman 2014 Distributed by Relativity Media
The Imitation Game 2014 Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Man Up 2015
Shaun the Sheep March 20, 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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