Davis Entertainment

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Davis Entertainment
IndustryFilm production, television production
Founded1984
FounderJohn Davis
Headquarters

Davis Entertainment is an American film and television production company, founded by John Davis in 1984.

Davis's three divisions–feature film, independent film, and television–develop and produce film and television projects for the major studios, independent distributors, networks and cable broadcasters. The company itself has enjoyed a long-standing first-look production deal at 20th Century Fox, although it also produces projects for all studios and mini-majors.

History[edit]

Davis Entertainment Company was founded in 1984 by filmmaker John Davis and it was incorporated in Nevada on December 2, 1985.

In 1994, it launched its first foray onto interactive games, and his partners are launching Catapult Entertainment, Inc. to produce its interactive video games.[1]

On the same year, Davis Entertainment Company signed a production deal with 20th Century Fox to develop feature films.[2][3]

In 1995, Davis Entertainment is launching its arthouse division Davis Entertainment Classics.[4] It was subsequently renamed to Davis Entertainment Filmworks in 2002.[5]

In 1998, Davis Entertainment struck a deal with 20th Century Fox Television to produce its television shows for its networks, broadcast and cable.[6]

In 2007, Michael Dorman joined its television division. At the same time, they signed a development pact with Fox Television Studios to produce series for television.[7]

In 2011, John Fox, formerly employee of 20th Century Fox, joined the company.[3]

In 2013, it signed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop its television shows for platforms, broadcast, cable and streaming.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Theatrical films[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Title Director Distributor Notes
1987 Predator[9] John McTiernan 20th Century Fox co-production with Lawrence Gordon Productions and Silver Pictures
Three O'Clock High Phil Joanou Universal Pictures uncredited; co-production with Aaron Spelling Productions
1988 License to Drive Greg Beeman 20th Century Fox co-production with Licht/Mueller Productions
1989 Little Monsters Richard Alan Greenberg MGM/UA Distribution Co. co-production with Licht/Mueller Productions, Vestron Pictures and United Artists

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director Distributor Notes
1990 The Last of the Finest John Mackenzie Orion Pictures
Predator 2 Stephen Hopkins 20th Century Fox co-production with Gordon Company and Silver Pictures
1991 Shattered Wolfgang Petersen MGM/UA Distribution Co. co-production with Capella International, Palace Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1992 Fortress Stuart Gordon Dimension Films co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures
Storyville Mark Frost 20th Century Fox
1993 The Firm Sydney Pollack Paramount Pictures
The Thing Called Love Peter Bogdanovich
Grumpy Old Men[9] Donald Petrie Warner Bros.
1994 Gunmen Deran Sarafian Dimension Films
Richie Rich Donald Petrie Warner Bros. co-production with The Harvey Entertainment Company and Silver Pictures
1995 The Hunted J.F. Lawton Universal Pictures co-production with Bregman/Baer Productions, Inc.
Waterworld Kevin Reynolds co-production with Gordon Company and Licht/Mueller Film Corporation
Grumpier Old Men Howard Deutch Warner Bros.
The Grass Harp Charles Matthau Fine Line Features co-production with Alliance Communications
1996 Denise Calls Up Hal Salwen Sony Pictures Classics co-production with Skyline Entertainment Partners, Dark Matters Productions, J. Thomas Harris Productions and Alliance Communications
The Chamber James Foley Universal Pictures co-production with Imagine Entertainment
Daylight Rob Cohen co-production with Joseph M. Singer Entertainment
Courage Under Fire Edward Zwick 20th Century Fox co-production with Fox 2000 Pictures, Joseph M. Singer Entertainment and Friendly Films
1997 Out to Sea Martha Coolidge co-production with Friendly Films
1998 Dr. Dolittle Betty Thomas co-production with Joseph M. Singer Entertainment and Friendly Films
1999 Dudley-Do-Right Hugh Wilson Universal Pictures co-production with Jay Ward Productions and Joseph M. Singer Entertainment

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director Distributor Notes
2001 Heartbreakers[9] David Mirkin MGM Distribution Co. co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Winchester Films
Dr. Dolittle 2 Steve Carr 20th Century Fox
Behind Enemy Lines John Moore
2002 Life or Something Like It Stephen Herek co-production with Aei Entertainment, Regency Enterprises and New Regency
2003 Daddy Day Care Steve Carr Sony Pictures Releasing co-production with Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios
Paycheck John Woo Paramount Pictures co-production with DreamWorks Pictures and Lion Rock Productions
2004 Garfield[9] Peter Hewitt 20th Century Fox co-production with Paws, Inc.
I, Robot Alex Proyas co-production with Mediastream IV, Laurence Mark Productions and Overbrook Films
Alien vs. Predator Paul W.S. Anderson co-production with Brandywine Productions, Impact Pictures and Stillking Films
First Daughter Forest Whitaker co-production with Regency Enterprises and New Regency
Fat Albert Joel Zwick
Flight of the Phoenix John Moore
2006 When a Stranger Calls Simon West Sony Pictures Releasing co-production with Screen Gems
Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties Tim Hill 20th Century Fox co-production with Paws, Inc.
Eragon Stefen Fangmeier
2007 Norbit Brian Robbins Paramount Pictures co-production with DreamWorks Pictures and Tollin/Robbins Productions
Daddy Day Camp Fred Savage Sony Pictures Releasing
The Heartbreak Kid Farrelly brothers Paramount Pictures co-production with DreamWorks Pictures, Radar Pictures and Conundrum Entertainment
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Strause brothers 20th Century Fox co-production with Brandywine Productions
2008 The Express: The Ernie Davis Story Gary Fleder Universal Studios co-production with Relativity Media

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director Distributor Notes
2010 Marmaduke Tom Dey 20th Century Fox co-production with Dune Entertainment and Regency Enterprises
Predators Nimród Antal co-production with Dune Entertainment and Troublemaker Studios
Gulliver's Travels Rob Letterman co-production with Dune Entertainment
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Mark Waters
A Little Bit of Heaven Nicole Kassell Millennium Entertainment co-production with The Weinstein Company and The Film Department
2012 Chronicle Josh Trank 20th Century Fox co-production with Dune Entertainment
2014 Devil's Due Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Tyler Gillett
co-production with Radio Silence Productions and TSG Entertainment
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Guy Ritchie Warner Bros. Pictures co-production with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Ritchie/Wigram Productions and Turner Entertainment Co.
Victor Frankenstein Paul McGuigan 20th Century Fox co-production with TSG Entertainment
Joy David O. Russell co-production with Annapurna Pictures, TSG Entertainment and Fox 2000 Pictures
2017 Ferdinand Carlos Saldanha co-production with Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox Animation
2018 Game Night John Francis Daley
Jonathan Goldstein
Warner Bros. Pictures co-production with New Line Cinema, Access Entertainment and Aggregate Films
The Predator Shane Black 20th Century Fox co-production with TSG Entertainment
2019 Shaft Tim Story Warner Bros. Pictures co-production with Netflix and New Line Cinema

Upcoming[edit]

Year Title Director Distributor Notes
2021 Jungle Cruise Jaume Collet-Serra Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures co-production with Seven Bucks Productions, Flynn Picture Company and TSG Entertainment
TBA All of Me[10] TBA Universal Pictures in development
It Takes a Thief[11]
The Crow[12][13] TBA

Direct-to-video films[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director Distributor Notes
1992 Enid is Sleeping Maurice Phillips Live Home Video co-production with Vestron Pictures

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director Distributor Notes
2000 The Settlement Mark Steilen MTI Home Video co-production with CineTel Films, Dosgmile Pictures and JeanRoy Entertainment
Labor Pains Tracy Alexson USA Home Entertainment uncredited; co-production with Dogsmile Pictures and Prosperity Pictures
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Rich Thorne 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
2007 Garfield Gets Real Mark A.Z. Dippé co-production with The Animation Picture Company and Paws, Inc.
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Craig Shapiro
Garfield's Fun Fest Mark A.Z. Dippé co-production with The Animation Picture Company and Paws, Inc.
2009 Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Alex Zamm
Garfield's Pet Force Mark A.Z. Dippé
Kyung Ho-Lee
co-production with The Animation Picture Company and Paws, Inc.

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director Distributor Notes
2019 Dolemite is My Name Craig Brewer Netflix

Television movies[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director Network Notes
1990 Curiosity Kills Colin Bucksey USA Network co-production with MTE
Dangerous Passion Michael Miller ABC co-production with Stormy Weather Productions and Carolco Pictures
Silhouette Carl Schenkel USA Network co-production with Faye Dunaway Productions and MTE
1992 Wild Card Mel Damski co-production with MTE
1993 The Last Outlaw Geoff Murphy HBO co-production with HBO Pictures
Voyage John Mackenzie USA Network co-production with ITC Entertainment, Quinta Communications and USA Pictures
1994 This Can't Be Love Anthony Harvey CBS co-production with World International Network and Pacific Motion Pictures
One Christmas Tony Bill NBC co-production with Karpf Productions
Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story Oz Scott
New Eden Alan Metzger Sci-Fi Channel co-production with MTE
1997 Asteroid Bradford May NBC co-production with NBC Studios
Volcano: Fire on the Mountain[14] Graeme Campbell ABC co-production with Pacific Motion Pictures
1998 Miracle at Midnight Ken Cameron co-production with Walt Disney Television
1999 The Jesse Ventura Story David Jackson NBC co-production with NBC Studios

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director Network Notes
2000 Little Richard Robert Townsend NBC co-production with Fox Television Studios
2001 Sunk on Christmas Eve Bill Jardine National Geographic Channel
2005 Nadine in Date Land Amie Steir Oxygen co-production with Departure Studios
Life is Ruff Charles Haid Disney Channel co-production with Salty Pictures
2007 Jump In! Paul Hoen co-production with Hop, Skip and Jump Productions

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director Network Notes
2011 Locke & Key Mark Romanek Fox television pilot; co-production with 20th Century Fox Television, DreamWorks Television and K/O Paper Products
2017 Behind Enemy Lines[15] McG television pilot; co-production with 20th Century Fox Television and Temple Hill Entertainment

2020s[edit]

Year Title Director Network Notes
2020 Echo[16] TBA NBC pilot order; co-production with Universal Television

Television series[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Title Creators Network Notes
2013–present The Blacklist Jon Bokenkamp NBC co-production with Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television
2013 Ironside based on the 1967 series by:
Collier Young
developed by:
Michael Caleo
co-production with Post 109, Yellow Brick Road Productions and Universal Television
2015 The Player John Rogers
John Fox
co-production with Kung Fu Monkey Productions, Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television
2015-2017 Dr. Ken Jared Stern
Ken Jeong
John Fox
ABC co-production with Old Charlie Productions, ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television
2016-2018 Timeless Eric Kripke
Shawn Ryan
NBC co-production with Kripke Enterprises, MiddKid Productions, Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption Jon Bokenkamp
John Eisendrath
Lukas Reiter
J. R. Orci
co-production with The Jo[H]ns, Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television
2018 Alex, Inc. Matt Tarses
based on StartUp podcast by:
Gimlet Media, Inc.
ABC co-production with Two Soups Productions, ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television
2018–present Magnum, P.I. based on the 1980 TV series by:
Donald P. Bellisario
Glen A. Larson
developed by:
Peter M. Lenkov
Eric Guggenheim
CBS co-production with 101st Street Entertainment, Perfect Storm Entertainment, Universal Television and CBS Television Studios
2020 The Equalizer based on the 1985 TV series by:
Michael Sloan
Richard Lindheim
developed by:
Queen Latifah
Richard Lindheim
co-production with Flavor Unit, Martin Chase Productions, Universal Television and CBS Television Studios

Highest-grossing films[edit]

Highest-grossing films
Rank Title Year Domestic gross Notes
1 I, Robot 2004 $144,801,023 Co-produced by Overbrook Entertainment
2 Dr. Dolittle 1998 $144,156,605 Co-produced by Friendly Films
3 Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 $112,952,899
4 Daddy Day Care 2003 $104,297,061 Co-produced by Revolution Studios
5 Norbit 2007 $95,673,607 Co-produced by DreamWorks Pictures and Tollin/Robbins Productions
6 Waterworld 1995 $88,246,220 Co-produced by Gordon Company and Licht/Mueller Film Corporation
7 Ferdinand 2017 $84,410,380 Co-produced by Blue Sky Studios
8 Alien vs. Predator 2004 $80,282,231 Co-produced by Brandywine Productions
9 Garfield: The Movie 2004 $75,369,589 Co-produced by Paws, Inc.
10 Eragon 2006 $75,030,163

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Town : In the Name of the Son : John Davis Is Working to Make His Own Mark". Los Angeles Times. 1994-06-07. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (2005-09-23). "Davis reups deal at Fox". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  3. ^ a b Abrams, Rachel (2011-04-12). "Fox ankles Fox for Davis Entertainment". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  4. ^ "Davis cranks up Classics arm". Variety. 1995-05-22. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  5. ^ Harris, Dana (2002-01-15). "Davis redubs indie banner". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  6. ^ Hontz, Jenny (1998-10-20). "Davis, Fox ink TV pact". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  7. ^ Schneider, Michael (2007-10-24). "John Davis takes Fox TV deal". Variety. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  8. ^ "'The Blacklist' Producers Ink First Look Deal at Sony TV (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  9. ^ a b c d Kinsey, Michelle (June 5, 2004). "Hometown cat Garfield's movie opens next week". The Star Press. 105 (362). Muncie, Indiana. pp. 1, 6 – via Newspapers.com. Note - the link provided is to part two of the article; part one is located here.
  10. ^ Borys Kit (September 11, 2012). "'All of Me' Remake in the Works at DreamWorks". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  11. ^ Justin Kroll (October 30, 2013). "Universal Turning 1970s Series 'It Takes a Thief' into Film (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  12. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (November 17, 2016). "'The Crow' Remake Leaves Relativity and Heads to Group Led by Davis Films (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. ^ The Crow on IMDb
  14. ^ Reich, Kenneth (March 3, 1997). "Mammoth Area Avoids Fallout From 'Volcano'". The Los Angeles Times. CXVI (90) (Valley ed.). Times Mirror Company. pp. F9, F15 – via Newspapers.com. Note - Link to second part of the article.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'Behind Enemy Lines' Series Adaptation Of Movie Thriller Set At Fox As Put Pilot". Deadline.com. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (January 22, 2020). "NBC Picks Up Drama Pilots 'At That Age' & 'Echo'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 9, 2020.

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