|Founded||December 10, 1999|
|Parent||Happy Madison, Inc.|
|Divisions||Madison 23 Productions (2007-2009)|
Scary Madison Productions (2009)
Happy Madison Productions, Inc. is an American film and television production company founded in 1999 by Adam Sandler, which is best known for its comedy films. Happy Madison takes its name from the films Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, written by Sandler and Tim Herlihy, and distributed by Universal Pictures.
In addition to various Sandler-produced films, the company has also released films produced by others, such as Steven Brill, Dennis Dugan, Frank Coraci, Fred Wolf, Tom Brady, Peter Segal, Nicholaus Goossen, and Tyler Spindel.
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 offices 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.
In 2002, the company expanded its operations onto television with a pilot commitment at The WB. After fifteen years, head Doug Robinson would leave the company to start its own at Sony Pictures Television.
The company also had a short-lived subsidiary called Madison 23 Productions, which was aimed towards the drama genre. It only produced two films Reign Over Me and Funny People, which both starred Sandler. Another subsidiary was Scary Madison Productions, which was aimed towards the horror genre and only produced the film The Shortcut.
|2007–2013||Rules of Engagement||CBS||with Game Six Productions, CBS Television Studios, and Sony Pictures Television|
|2008||The Gong Show with Dave Attell||Comedy Central||with Sony Pictures Television|
|2010–2011||Nick Swardson's Pretend Time||with Culver Entertainment|
|2011–2012||Breaking In||Fox||with Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Sony Pictures Television|
|2013–2023||The Goldbergs||ABC||co-production with Adam F. Goldberg Productions (seasons 1–8), Doug Robinson Productions (seasons 5–10), Swinging Cricket Productions (season 9), Script L. Shannon, Inc. (season 9), This Episode is Entirely a Work of Fiction, LLC (season 10), and Sony Pictures Television|
|2017||Imaginary Mary||co-production with Adam F. Goldberg Productions, ABC Studios, and Sony Pictures Television|||
|2019–2020||Schooled||co-production with Adam F. Goldberg Productions, Marc Firek Productions, Doug Robinson Productions, ABC Studios, and Sony Pictures Television|
Happy Madison's films have, for the most part, received overwhelmingly negative reviews, with most criticism targeted towards the crude humor, excessive product placement, celebrity cameos, and a sentimental ending that contradicts the film's mostly mean-spirited tone. Some drama films (Reign Over Me, Funny People, Hustle and You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah) received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, with Sandler's performance garnering critical praise. The production company has put out four films considered to be some of the worst ever made, including two that have received a 0% score from Rotten Tomatoes.
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