|Founded||February 1, 1989(27 years ago)|
|Defunct||April 27, 2007(9 years ago)|
|Headquarters||Burbank, California, United States|
|Parent||The Walt Disney Studios
(The Walt Disney Company)
While then-Disney chief Michael Eisner at first intended Hollywood Pictures to be a full-fledged studio, like Touchstone, in recent years its operations have been scaled back and its management has been merged with the flagship Walt Disney Pictures studio.
The division is known for having brought the works of M. Night Shyamalan to the theater; its most profitable film to date is Shyamalan's own breakout hit The Sixth Sense, which grossed over $600 million worldwide upon its 1999 release.
Because of the success of Disney's mature film division Touchstone Pictures, yet another Disney-related film label was established as Hollywood Pictures on February 1, 1989. Ricardo Mestres was appointed the division's first president moving over from Touchstone Pictures. The division was created to create opportunities for up and coming executives and double its feature film output to fill the gap left by the contraction in the industry which includes closure of MGM/UA's United Artists and financial problems at Lorimar-Telepictures and De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. With Touchstone aligned with Disney, the two Disney Studio production divisions would share the same marketing and distribution staffs. Hollywood is expected to be producing 12 films a year by 1991 and to share funding from the Silver Screen Partners IV. The company's first release was Arachnophobia in 1990.
The division issued primarily inexpensive comedies for the first six years with a few box office flops films amongst them Holy Matrimony, Aspen Extreme, Super Mario Bros., Swing Kids, Blame It on the Bellboy, Born Yesterday and Guilty as Sin. The division only had one box office success, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and one critical success, The Joy Luck Club, which did not out weigh the general anemic box office record of the division. In April 1994, Mestres gave a force resignation after the lackluster performance of the division. Mestres moved to long term production deal with the studio.
In July 1994, Michael Lynton was appointed as new division president moving from Disney's Hyperion, a Disney Publishing unit. Mestres left Lynton a few potential hits Robert Redford's Quiz Show, the Sarah Jessica Parker-Antonio Banderas drama Miami Rhapsody, and Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. In 1997, Lynton left for a position at Penguin Group.
By 2001, Hollywood Pictures had produced 50 films but its operation was phased out.
After being dormant for five years, the brand was re-activated for low-budget genre films, similar to Dimension Films (once a Disney division itself, now part of The Weinstein Company) or Sony Pictures' Screen Gems (part of Columbia Pictures), News Corporation's Fox Atomic (part of Fox Searchlight Pictures) and Relativity Media's Rogue Pictures (distributed by former parent Universal Studios). The first film released by the resurrected Hollywood was the 2006 horror film Stay Alive, then Primeval and The Invisible.
Disney dissolved the label in 2007 as the company announced a focus on three core brand names, Disney, ABC and ESPN with other studio brands, Touchstone, Miramax and Pixar continuing.
|US Release date||Title||Notes|
|July 18, 1990||Arachnophobia||co-production with Amblin Entertainment|
|August 17, 1990||Taking Care of Business||co-production with Silver Screen Partners IV|
|February 1, 1991||Run|
|April 5, 1991||The Marrying Man|
|May 3, 1991||One Good Cop|
|July 26, 1991||V.I. Warshawski|
|January 10, 1992||The Hand That Rocks the Cradle||co-production with Interscope Communications and Nomura Babcock & Brown|
|February 7, 1992||Medicine Man||co-production with Cinergi Pictures; US distribution only|
|March 6, 1992||Blame It on the Bellboy||co-production with Silver Screen Partners IV|
|April 3, 1992||Straight Talk||co-production with Touchwood Pacific Partners I|
|April 24, 1992||Passed Away|
|May 22, 1992||Encino Man|
|July 17, 1992||A Stranger Among Us||co-production with Touchwood Pacific Partners I, Propaganda Films, and Sandollar Productions|
|September 18, 1992||Sarafina!||co-production with Miramax Films, Distant Horizon, Vanguard Films and BBC|
|October 16, 1992||Consenting Adults||co-production with Touchwood Pacific Partners I|
|December 4, 1992||The Distinguished Gentleman|
|January 22, 1993||Aspen Extreme|
|March 5, 1993||Swing Kids|
|March 26, 1993||Born Yesterday|
|April 16, 1993||Blood in Blood Out|
|May 28, 1993||Super Mario Bros.||co-production with Cinergi Pictures and Allied Filmmakers|
|June 4, 1993||Guilty as Sin|
|July 2, 1993||Son in Law|
|August 27, 1993||Father Hood|
|September 8, 1993||The Joy Luck Club|
|September 10, 1993||Money for Nothing|
|December 25, 1993||Tombstone||co-production with Cinergi Pictures|
|January 7, 1994||The Air Up There||co-production with Interscope Communications, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Nomura Babcock & Brown|
|March 4, 1994||Angie||co-production with Caravan Pictures|
|April 8, 1994||Holy Matrimony||co-production with Interscope Communications and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment|
|August 12, 1994||In the Army Now|
|August 19, 1994||Color of Night||co-production with Cinergi Pictures|
|August 26, 1994||Camp Nowhere|
|September 14, 1994||Quiz Show|
|September 23, 1994||Terminal Velocity||co-production with Interscope Communications, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Nomura Babcock & Brown|
|October 21, 1994||The Puppet Masters|
|November 11, 1994||The Santa Clause||co-production with Walt Disney Pictures and Outlaw Productions|
|November 23, 1994||A Low Down Dirty Shame||co-production with Caravan Pictures|
|January 6, 1995||Houseguest|
|January 27, 1995||Miami Rhapsody|
|March 3, 1995||Roommates||co-production with Interscope Communications, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Nomura Babcock & Brown|
|March 31, 1995||Funny Bones|
|April 21, 1995||While You Were Sleeping||co-production with Caravan Pictures|
|April 28, 1995||A Pyromaniac's Love Story|
|May 12, 1995||Crimson Tide||co-production with Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films|
|June 30, 1995||Judge Dredd||co-production with Cinergi Pictures|
|August 11, 1995||Dangerous Minds||co-production with Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films|
|September 8, 1995||The Tie That Binds||co-production with Interscope Communications and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment|
|September 15, 1995||Unstrung Heroes|
|October 4, 1995||Dead Presidents||co-production with Caravan Pictures and Underworld Entertainment|
|October 13, 1995||The Scarlet Letter||co-production with Cinergi Pictures|
|October 27, 1995||Powder||co-production with Caravan Pictures|
|December 22, 1995||Nixon||co-production with Cinergi Pictures|
|December 29, 1995||Mr. Holland's Opus||co-production with Interscope Communications and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment; US distribution only|
|February 2, 1996||White Squall||co-production with Largo Entertainment and Scott Free Productions|
|February 23, 1996||Before and After||co-production with Caravan Pictures|
|April 19, 1996||Celtic Pride|
|May 24, 1996||Spy Hard|
|May 31, 1996||Eddie||co-production with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Island Pictures|
|June 7, 1996||The Rock||co-production with Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films|
|August 9, 1996||Jack||co-production with American Zoetrope|
|September 13, 1996||The Rich Man's Wife||co-production with Caravan Pictures|
|October 25, 1996||The Associate||co-production with Interscope Communications and Polygram Filmed Entertainment|
|December 25, 1996||Evita||co-production with Cinergi Pictures|
|January 24, 1997||Prefontaine|
|January 31, 1997||Shadow Conspiracy||co-production with Cinergi Pictures|
|April 11, 1997||Grosse Pointe Blank||co-production with Caravan Pictures and Roger Birnbaum Productions|
|May 30, 1997||Gone Fishin'|
|August 22, 1997||G.I. Jane||co-production with Caravan Pictures, Largo Entertainment, Scott Free Productions and Roger Birnbaum Productions|
|October 17, 1997||Washington Square||co-production with Caravan Pictures, Roger Birnbaum Productions and Alchemy Filmworks|
|December 25, 1997||An American Werewolf in Paris||co-production with Cometstone Pictures|
|January 30, 1998||Deep Rising||co-production with Cinergi Pictures|
|February 20, 1998||An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn|
|September 4, 1998||Firelight||co-production with Carnival Films, Wind Dancer Productions and Miramax Films|
|September 11, 1998||Simon Birch||co-production with Caravan Pictures and Roger Birnbaum Productions|
|August 6, 1999||The Sixth Sense||co-production with Spyglass Entertainment and The Kennedy/Marshall Company|
|September 17, 1999||Breakfast of Champions||co-production with Summit Entertainment|
|October 1, 1999||Mystery, Alaska|
|US Release date||Title||Notes|
|February 4, 2000||Gun Shy||co-production with Fortis Films|
|September 15, 2000||Duets||co-production with Seven Arts Pictures and Beacon Pictures|
|April 6, 2001||Just Visiting||co-production with Gaumont Film Company; US distribution only|
|March 24, 2006||Stay Alive||co-production with Universal Pictures (UK distribution only), Spyglass Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment|
|January 12, 2007||Primeval||co-production with Pariah Entertainment|
|April 27, 2007||The Invisible||co-production with Spyglass Entertainment|
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