EUE/Screen Gems

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EUE/Screen Gems Ltd.
Screen Gems Enterprises (1966-present)
HeadquartersNew York, New York, US
Key people
George Cooney (CEO)
Number of employees
100 (2011)

EUE/Screen Gems Ltd. is an American film and television studio production company that owns and operates facilities in Wilmington, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; and Miami, Florida.[1] The company collaborates with other studios and producers for the development, production, marketing, and distribution of entertainment for feature film, television, and digital content.


Brothers Stephen and Michael Elliot founded a studio in New York City just before World War II, as photographers for department stores and advertising agencies. After the war, they saw the commercial potential of television as an advertising medium. In 1948 they teamed up with William Unger to form Elliot, Unger & Elliot (EUE), one of the earliest commercial-production companies for the television industry.[2]

In 1959, Columbia Pictures acquired EUE and eventually merged it with Screen Gems, Columbia's then-television production division, and renamed the entity EUE/Screen Gems.[2] EUE/Screen Gems was managed by Columbia production executive George Cooney.[3]

In June 1982, Columbia Pictures was sold to The Coca-Cola Company.[4] The following year, Cooney acquired EUE/Screen Gems' New York production facility from Coca-Cola.[3]

In 1996, EUE/Screen Gems acquired Carolco Pictures' Wilmington, North Carolina, film and production studios, after Carolco had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The facility became EUE/Screen Gems Studios.[3][5]

In May 2009 EUE/Screen Gems Studios opened a 10th "Dream Stage" in Wilmington, the third largest film and television production stage in the U.S. The studio is a 37,500-square-foot (3,480 m2) columnless structure with a 60x60x10.5-foot, 186,000 gallon special effects water tank.[6]

In 2010, EUE/Screen Gems signed a 50-year lease with the City of Atlanta, Georgia to use the historic Lakewood Fairgrounds as a film and TV production studio.[7] In addition to refurbishing and using the historic structures already on the property, the company built a 37,500-square-foot (3,480 m2) sound stage. With expansion, the complex now offers eleven sound stages with 250,000 square feet of production space.[3]

In 2015, EUE/Screen Gems launched studios in Miami, Florida, in partnership with Viacom Inc. The two-stage, 88,000 square foot production facility was built by the Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as a public-private partnership with EUE/Screen Gems Studios.[3]



  1. ^ "EUE/Screen Gems | Film Studios & Sound Stages in Atlanta, Wilmington NC, Miami". Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  2. ^ a b "Stephen Elliot, 74; Produced Commercials". The New York Times. July 6, 1992.
  3. ^ a b c d e "About Us". EUE Screen Gems Ltd. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  4. ^ "The Reel Thing: Coke's Brief-Yet-Profitable Foray into Show Business". Coca-Cola Journey. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  5. ^ The studios were constructed in 1984 by motion picture producer Dino De Laurentiis and operated under the name DEG (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group) until 1990, when the facility was purchased by Carolco.
  6. ^ "Dream Stage 10 Set To Open This Month". WilmingtonBiz. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  7. ^ "Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta Gets Lease Deal For Movie Studio with EUE/Screen Gems". Archived from the original on 2011-05-01.
  8. ^ "Wilmington NC Studios | Hosted 400 Productions, Iron Man 3". Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  9. ^ Shea Carver (2022-01-17). "Wilmington becomes Woodsboro in Scream". Port City Daily. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  10. ^ "Brandon Lee killed on set". Variety. 1993-04-01. Retrieved 2019-03-19.