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Studio Canal
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 a unit of the Canal+ Group, controlled by Vivendi.

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).

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.[16] In 2008 StudioCanal acquired German distributor Kinowelt which had distributed their films up to that point.[17] Both companies have since been renamed StudioCanal.[18] StudioCanal also acquired the Australian distribution company, Hoyts Distribution in 2012.[19]

Outside France, Britain 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.[20][21]

Selected filmography[edit]

These lists also includes films that are released by Studio Ghibli and Hoyts Distribution as well.

1990s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Total Recall June 1, 1990 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Air America August 10, 1990 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Narrow Margin September 21, 1990 Distributed by TriStar
Jacob's Ladder November 2, 1990 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Hamlet December 19, 1990 Distributed by Warner Bros.
The Doors March 1, 1991 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Terminator 2: Judgment Day July 1, 1991 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
JFK December 20, 1991 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
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.
The Vagrant May 15, 1992 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Universal Soldier July 10, 1992 Distributed by TriStar
Bitter Moon September 23, 1992 Distributed by Fine Line Features
Under Siege October 9, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Damage December 9, 1992 Distributed by New Line Cinema
Chaplin December 25, 1992 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
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
Murder in the First January 20, 1995 Distributed by Warner Bros.
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
Leaving Las Vegas October 27, 1995 Distributed by United Artists
Cutthroat Island December 22, 1995 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Free Willy 3: The Rescue August 8, 1997 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Kundun December 25, 1997 Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
The Idiots May 20, 1998 Distributed by USA Films
Elizabeth September 8, 1998 Distributed by Gramercy Pictures
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
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
My Neighbors the Yamadas July 17, 1999 Distributed by Toho
The Ninth Gate August 25, 1999 Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Season's Beatings November 24, 1999

2000s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Bruiser February 13, 2000
Final Destination March 17, 2000 Distributed by New Line Cinema
Love's Labour's Lost March 31, 2000 Distributed by Miramax
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 Distributed by Universal Focus
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
Bridget Jones's Diary April 4, 2001 Distributed by Miramax Films and Universal Studios
Mullholland Drive May 16, 2001 Distributed by Universal
Human Nature May 18, 2001 Distributed by Fine Line Features
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
Chasing Sleep September 16, 2001
Chaos October 3, 2001
Winged Migration December 12, 2001 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
All or Nothing May 17, 2002 Distributed by United Artists
City of God May 18, 2002 Distributed by Miramax
Irréversible May 22, 2002 Distributed by Mars Film Distribution
The Pianist May 24, 2002 Distributed by Focus Features
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
The Cat Returns July 19, 2002 Distributed by Toho
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
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
Dogville May 19, 2003 Distributed by Lionsgate
Love Actually November 7, 2003 Distributed by Universal
Shaun of the Dead March 9, 2004 Distributed by Rogue Pictures
Clean March 27, 2004 Distributed by Palm 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
Howl's Moving Castle September 5, 2004 Distributed by Toho
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
Million Dollar Baby December 15, 2004 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture
March of the Penguins January 21, 2005 Distributed by Warner Independent Pictures
The Interpreter April 8, 2005 Distributed by Universal
The Constant Gardener August 31, 2005 Distributed by Focus Features
Pride & Prejudice September 11, 2005 Distributed by Focus Features
Nanny McPhee October 21, 2005 Distributed by Universal and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Memoirs of a Geisha November 29, 2005 Distributed by Columbia Pictures and DreamWorks
Brick April 7, 2006 Distributed by Focus Features
United 93 April 28, 2006 Distributed by Universal
Paris, je t'aime May 18, 2006
Babel May 23, 2006 Distributed by Paramount Vantage
Tales from Earthsea July 29, 2006 Distributed by Toho
Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure September 6, 2006 Distributed by HBO Video
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
The Fountain November 22, 2006 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Smokin' Aces December 9, 2006 Distributed by Universal
The Good Shepherd December 22, 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
To Each His Own Cinema May 20, 2007
Atonement August 29, 2007 Distributed by Focus Features
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
There Will Be Blood September 27, 2007 Distributed by Paramount Vantage and Miramax
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Sa majesté Minor October 10, 2007
Elizabeth: The Golden Age October 12, 2007 Distributed by Universal
The Fox and the Child November 27, 2007 Distributed by Picturehouse
Definitely, Maybe February 14, 2008 Distributed by Universal
Ponyo July 19, 2008 Distributed by Toho
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
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
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.
Chloe September 13, 2009 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
One for the Road September 23, 2009 Distributed by Wild Bunch
Universal Soldier: Regeneration October 1, 2009
A Serious Man October 2, 2009 Distributed by Focus Features
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
The Twilight Saga: New Moon November 16, 2009 Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard November 26, 2009 Distributed by The Weinstein Company

2010s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Leap Year January 8, 2010 Distributed by Universal
Mr. Nobody January 13, 2010
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 Princess of Montpensier May 16, 2010
Babies May 17, 2010 Distributed by Focus Features
The Illusionist June 16, 2010 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse June 24, 2010 Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Arrietty July 17, 2010 Distributed by Toho
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures August 4, 2010
The Last Exorcism August 27, 2010 Distributed by Lionsgate
Last Night September 18, 2010 Distributed by Miramax
Senna October 7, 2010 Distributed by Universal
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark November 6, 2010 Distributed by FilmDistrict and Miramax
The Tourist December 10, 2010 Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Tyrannosaur January 21, 2011 Distributed by Strand Releasing
Tales of the Night February 13, 2011 Distributed by GKIDS
Unknown February 18, 2011 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Source Code March 11, 2011 Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Attack the Block March 12, 2011 Distributed by Screen Gems
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil April 23, 2011 Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Larry Crowne June 27, 2011 Distributed by Universal
From Up on Poppy Hill July 17, 2011 Distributed by Toho
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy September 5, 2011 Distributed by Focus Features
Johnny English Reborn October 7, 2011 Distributed by Universal
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 October 30, 2011 Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Delicacy November 8, 2011
The Awakening November 11, 2011
Searching for Sugar Man January 19, 2012 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Man on a Ledge January 27, 2012 Distributed by Lionsgate
Iron Sky February 11, 2012
The Hunger Games March 12, 2012 Distributed by Lionsgate
Moonrise Kingdom May 16, 2012 Distributed by Focus Features
Rust and Bone May 17, 2012 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
The Dinosaur Project August 10, 2012
A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise August 15, 2012
Anna Karenina September 7, 2012 Distributed by Focus Features
The Place Beyond the Pines September 7, 2012 Distributed by Focus Features
End of Watch September 8, 2012 Distributed by Open Road Films
Six Bullets September 11, 2012 Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Love, Marilyn September 12, 2012 Distributed by HBO
Flight October 14, 2012 Distributed by Paramount
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning October 25, 2012 Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 November 16, 2012 Distributed by Lionsgate
The Kings of Summer January 19, 2013 Distributed by CBS Films
The Way, Way Back January 21, 2013 Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
I Give It a Year February 8, 2013 Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
The Last Exorcism Part II February 28, 2013 Distributed by CBS Films
Evil Dead March 8, 2013 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Mood Indigo April 10, 2013 Distributed by Drafthouse Films
The Bling Ring May 15, 2013 Distributed by A24 Films
Young & Beautiful May 16, 2013
The Past May 17, 2013 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Inside Llewyn Davis May 19, 2013 Distributed by CBS Films
Hummingbird June 28, 2013 Distributed by Lionsgate
The World's End July 10, 2013 Distributed by Focus Features
The Wind Rises July 20, 2013 Distributed by Toho
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.
Chinese Puzzle October 16, 2013 Distributed by Universal
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire November 11, 2013 Distributed by Lionsgate
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared December 25, 2013 Distributed by Buena Vista
That Awkward Moment January 27, 2014 Distributed by FilmDistrict
RoboCop January 30, 2014 Distributed by MGM and Columbia
'71 February 7, 2014
Vampire Academy February 7, 2014 Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Non-Stop February 28, 2014 Distributed by Universal
Chef March 7, 2014 Distributed by Open Road Films
The Two Faces of January April 16, 2014 Distributed by Universal
Elle l'adore June 18, 2014
The House of Magic July 25, 2014
Before I Go to Sleep September 4, 2014 Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Love, Rosie October 17, 2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 November 20, 2014 Distributed by Lionsgate
The Imitation Game November 21, 2014 Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Paddington December 12, 2014 Distributed by The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films
Selma December 25, 2014 Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Chic! January 7, 2015
Shaun the Sheep Movie February 6, 2015 Production company Aardman Animations
The Gunman March 20, 2015 Distributed by Open Road Films
Man Up April 10, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 November 20, 2015 Distributed by Lionsgate
Macbeth 2015 Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Untitled Stephen Frears film TBA

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