Anglo-Amalgamated

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Industry Film production
Film distribution
Fate Absorbed into EMI Films
Founded 1945
Defunct 1971
Headquarters United Kingdom
Key people
Nat Cohen
Stuart Levy
Divisions Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors

Anglo-Amalgamated Productions was a British film production company, run by Nat Cohen and Stuart Levy, which operated from 1945 until roughly 1971 (after which it was absorbed into EMI Films). Low-budget and second features, often produced at Merton Park Studios, formed much of its output. It was the UK distributor of many films produced by American International Pictures (AIP), who distributed AA's films in the United States.

It is remembered for producing the first 12 Carry On films (all of which were produced at Pinewood Studios) and B-movie series such as The Scales of Justice, Scotland Yard and the Edgar Wallace Mysteries. It did, however, produce the Michael Powell film Peeping Tom (1960) and such films as John Schlesinger's A Kind of Loving (1962) and Billy Liar (1963). The company's distribution arrangement with American International Pictures led to the last two films in Roger Corman's series of films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death and The Tomb of Ligeia (both 1964), being joint productions made in the UK. AA's film distribution subsidiary was Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd. Anglo had a film production arm called Insignia Films.

In 1962, Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC) purchased 50% of the shares of Anglo Amalgamated.[1][2] In 1967 they took over 74%.[3]

At its peak Anglo Amalgamated made a return of £3 million a year.[4]

Its library is now owned by StudioCanal via Cannon Films.[5]

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  1. ^ "Company Meeting: Associated British Picture Corporation". The Spectator. 16 August 1962. p. 25. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "A.B. Pictures Acquire 50% Of Anglo Amalgamated." Times [London, England] 5 Apr. 1962: 21. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 6 April 2014
  3. ^ "Associated British Picture Corporation." Sunday Times [London, England] 3 September 1967: 44. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 March 2014.
  4. ^ "BUSINESS diary." Times [London, England] 28 Mar. 1969: 31. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 6 Apr. 2014.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (17 December 2012). "Network Distributing acquires rights to 450 films from StudioCanal library". Screen Daily. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 

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