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

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.[10][11]

Selected Filmography[edit]

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

1990s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Total Recall June 1, 1990 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Pour Sacha April 10, 1991 Distributed by UGC
Terminator 2: Judgment Day July 1, 1991 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Agantuk October 1991 Distributed by Artificial Eye
JFK December 20, 1991 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Betty February 19, 1992
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.
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
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
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
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.
Three Colors: Red May 12, 1994 Distributed by Miramax
In the Land of the Deaf September 14, 1994 Distributed by BBC
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
Cutthroat Island December 22, 1995 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Beaumarchais August 3, 1996 Distributed by New Yorker Films
The Ice Storm May 12, 1997 Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca September 12, 1997 Distributed by Triumph Films
The Idiots May 20, 1998 Distributed by USA Films
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
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
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
Dancer in the Dark May 17, 2000 Distributed by Fine Line Features
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
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
'R Xmas May 9, 2001 Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
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
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 Distribution
The Pianist May 24, 2002 Distributed by Focus Features
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
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
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
Manderlay May 16, 2005 Distributed by Distributionsselskabet
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
Paris, je t'aime May 18, 2006
The Science of Sleep August 16, 2006 Distributed by Warner Independent Pictures
The Queen September 2, 2006 Distributed by Miramax
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
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
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
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
Sa majesté Minor October 10, 2007
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
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
Antichrist May 20, 2009 Distributed by IFC Films
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 Distributed by Focus Features
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
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
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
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 March 11, 2011 Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Melancholia May 18, 2011 Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy September 5, 2011 Distributed by Focus Features
Johnny English Reborn October 7, 2011 Distributed by Universal
Delicacy November 8, 2011
Searching for Sugar Man January 19, 2012 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Amour May 20, 2012 Distributed by Sony Pictures CLassics
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
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
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
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
Thunder and the House of Magic July 25, 2014
The Imitation Game November 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 Production company Aardman Animations
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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