Happy Madison Productions

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Happy Madison Productions, Inc.
FoundedDecember 10, 1999; 22 years ago (1999-12-10)
FounderAdam Sandler
Los Angeles, CA (Happy Madison Productions)
Manchester, New Hampshire (parent company Happy Madison, Inc.
United States
Key people
Adam Sandler (founder & CEO)
Allen Covert
Jack Giarraputo (President)
Tim Herlihy
Heather Parri
Scott Sandler
Barry Bernardi
Steve Koren
Mark O'Keefe
Seth Gordon
Timothy Dowling
ProductsMotion pictures and television series
OwnersAdam Sandler
Jack Giarraputo
ParentHappy Madison, Inc.

Happy Madison Productions is an American film and television production company founded in 1999 by Adam Sandler,[1][2][3] which is best known for its comedy films. Happy Madison takes its name from the films Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, two box office successes starring Sandler himself, both produced by Robert Simonds, written by Sandler and Tim Herlihy, and distributed by Universal Pictures. The elderly man depicted in the production logo is Sandler's late father, Stanley (who died in 2003), who voices the accompanying audio, "Terrific".[4]

In addition to various Sandler-produced films, the company has also released films produced by others, such as Steven Brill (Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds), Dennis Dugan (The Benchwarmers, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2), Frank Coraci (Click, Zookeeper, Blended), Fred Wolf (Strange Wilderness, The House Bunny), Tom Brady (The Animal, The Hot Chick, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star), Peter Segal (Anger Management, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard), and Nicholaus Goossen (A Day with the Meatball, Grandma's Boy, The Shortcut).

The 1998 films The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer helped jump start Sandler's movie career and production company. He produced The Waterboy and co-wrote the script with Tim Herlihy. The film was extremely profitable, earning over $160 million in the United States alone and made Sandler a successful actor with The Waterboy becoming his second $100 million film in a year, along with The Wedding Singer.

The company's production office were formerly located in the Judy Garland Building on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City but the company left after completion of Sandler's final contracted film for the studio, Pixels. Happy Madison, Inc. the parent company of Happy Madison Productions is run by Adam Sandler's brother Scott and is located in Manchester, New Hampshire.[5]

Its subsidiary Madison 23 Productions, was aimed towards the drama genre. It only produced two films Reign Over Me and Funny People, which both starred Sandler himself. Another subsidiary was Scary Madison Productions, which was aimed towards the horror genre and only produced the film The Shortcut.



  1. ^ "Adam Sandler". Variety. 13 October 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "100% Fresh Trailer Teases Adam Sandler's Netflix Variety Special". ScreenRant. 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  3. ^ Locke, Taylor (2019-12-07). "Adam Sandler on being fired from 'Saturday Night Live' in 1995 before achieving massive success". CNBC. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  4. ^ "Happy Madison: 10 Things You Never Knew About Adam Sandler's Production Company". ScreenRant. 2020-07-26. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  5. ^ New Hampshire Secretary of State Corporate Information for Happy Madison, Inc.

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