|Predecessor||Imagine Films Entertainment|
Major H Productions
Brian Grazer Productions
|Headquarters||150 South El Camino Drive,|
|Brian Grazer (Chairman)|
Ron Howard (Chairman)
Michael Rosenberg (Co-Chairman)
Steve Shikiya (President, COO)
Imagine Television Studios
Imagine Branded Entertainment
Imagine Entertainment (formerly Imagine Films Entertainment), also known simply as Imagine, is an American film and television production company founded in November 1985 by producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard.
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard met in 1982 on Night Shift, with Howard directing and Grazer co-producing. They followed it up by working on 1984's Splash.
Imagine Films Entertainment
The company was originally founded in November 1985, following the success of the motion picture Splash. It was originated from a merger of two production companies, Ron Howard's Major H Productions and Brian Grazer's self-titled production company Brian Grazer Productions. The company went public the following year. At first, the company set a deal with Tri-Star Pictures to produce feature films and television shows. Imagine granted Tri-Star the right of first refusal to syndicate their off-network shows produced by Imagine. Its offering was sold to Allen & Co. for 1,667,000 units for common stock and warrant it to purchase additional one-third of its stock. The net proceeds were used for development and production of theatrical films, television series, mini-series and made for television movies, although "the company does not presently intend to develop game shows or daytime soap operas." Imagine however has its prospectus having negotiations with Paramount Television for a commitment with ABC for a half-hour pilot and five episodes based on the comedy film Gung Ho.
Later the same year, Imagine had a five-year deal with Showtime/The Movie Channel, Inc. and it was able to develop projects for the channels Showtime and The Movie Channel. The agreement would kick-off with 1989 pay television availabilities and include pay-per view exhibition rights to all Imagine-produced films and about 30 motion pictures and "an unspecified number of original products" are also covered by the agreement. "There was the option of developing "long-form dramas" or series as part of the original material to be developed and aired exclusively on Showtime, adding that it could also acquire the syndication rights to these films and original products.
In April 1987, producers Philip and Mary Ann Hobel had inked a pact with Imagine Films Entertainment to develop and produce theatrical fare for the company through Hobel Productions, and expected to serve as the eyes and ears of Imagine of New York, and will be backed by a development fund for the purchase of books, plays, scripts and ideas to be developed as film projects, and plans to do both comedy and drama projects with a concentration on contempo themes and issues through a first-look agreement.
On July 29, 1987, Tri-Star Pictures and Imagine Films Entertainment announced the termination of obligations by Imagine to offer Tri-Star distribution rights for all of its television programming and feature films. Imagine, which received more than $1.7 million from Tri-Star, made a $1.3 million payment to Tri-Star, the companies said and advances from Tri-Star were eliminated. The companies said they "intend[ed] to work together on a project-by-project basis" and that projects already in development were not affected. Imagine said the modified agreement "provide[d] it with the flexibility to pursue certain financing and distribution opportunities which were not anticipated when the companies entered the original agreement."
In November 1987, Imagine Films Entertainment announced its plans to move its financial and administrative activities from New York to Los Angeles, and Neil Braun, who was president and chief-executive officer of the company would not be part of the move, and instead would leave the company and is expected to reveal of his plans shortly and his personal commitments would keep him from making the shift, but he called the consolidation "the right decision for the company" while expressing his disappointment at not being able to stay on.
On December 1, 1987, the company sealed a production and distribution deal with Universal Pictures via a "long-term multiple picture agreement" that they distributed Imagine's films for three to five films a year and the agreement "contemplates the possibility" that Universal acquired a 20% share in Imagine and it will conclude through November 1992 for financing 50% of 30 films. Imagine had an IPO in 1986 at $8 for a package of one share and one warrant. Shares rose to $19.25 before falling in the stock market crash in 1987 to $2.25. In the summer of next year, Imagine struck a deal with MCA TV to handle distribution of its television material. MCA and Imagine will have a joint television venture which MCA has the exclusive network and home video distribution rights. Imagine retains domestic distribution rights for now and is banking on those rights becoming more valuable in the future as its theatrical and television programs gain exposure. Imagine's television division will focus on half-hour comedies, whereas MCA will focus one-hour programs for the networks.
In September 1988, Robert Harris who was employee of MCA, and president of Universal Television Group joined the company as president of motion pictures and television. Harris said the studio is also taking original feature cable projects with Showtime, HBO, TNT, USA and MTV Network (which includes Nickelodeon and VH-1, in addition to projects with on-air networks)
On May 29, 1989, Imagine and Central Independent Television signed a deal to make TV movies for the worldwide business. Under the deal, the new joint venture would produce between four and six TV movies and mini-series a year. MCA who owned about 20% of Imagine and had worldwide distribution rights to its TV series as well as to its long-form programs on a project-by-project basis would also have first consideration on international distribution rights to the joint venture's programs. Imagine and Central retained rights in the U.S. and UK, respectively. The Imagine-Central joint venture was separate from MCA's own ongoing exploration of a joint venture with a European company for Europe-based long-form co-production. The company was in discussions with two or three potential partners, but a deal was not expected soon. Its projects required U.S. and UK presales to go forward, although the venture intended to seek U.S. buyers going beyond the three big commercial networks to include Fox, as well as cable networks TNT, USA Network, Showtime and HBO. The deal also allowed for theatrical distribution, although such co-productions were not in the planning.
Imagine and Second City signed a joint venture deal in May 1989. In September 1989, Imagine is entering syndication production business and signed a long-term co-production deal with Second City Entertainment, for a late night talk/comedy strip that was distributed by MCA TV. It will use the ready talent pool of Second City comedians. The result is My Talk Show, which aired in the 1990–91 season. As HA!: The Comedy Network is ready to air in 1990, they stuck deals with Imagine Films Entertainment, for series featuring the Second City Repertory Company, as well as MTM Enterprises.
In 1990, Imagine Films Entertainment launched a brand new family film label Imagine Family Films, designed to compete with Disney for a family film audience, in order to produce G-rated and PG-rated feature films, and has plans to produce three family films per year, with an eye on the holiday release schedule. The first film planned to be developed for the branding was a remake of the 1963 family feature film Flipper, and an adaptation of the book series Curious George. Both MCA/Universal and Imagine agreed to an extension that Universal would handle theatrical distribution, network, foreign and home video rights, while Universal Studios Florida handled the theme park rights to the properties that were proposed by Imagine Family Films. The new Imagine Family Films banner was intended to model on the success of Disney, and decided to extend on the natural extension of the wholesome wide appeal fare the company has been using since its founding.
In 1991, Imagine Films Entertainment shut down its original Imagine Television division, and terminating its exclusive production partnership with MCA, Inc., and it will lay off 30 of its 80 employees of its company. It came when the series My Talk Show, and Parenthood flopped. Andrew Suskind, Joyce Brotman, Todd Bergesen, Richard Pierson, Judy Ranam and Lisa Bloom left the company.
By May 1992, 48% of the stock was public traded and worth $9.375. The duo agreed to a new six-picture deal with Universal while concurrently offering $9 a share to buy the company's public outstanding share to start a new company with its assets. If not, they planned to leave the company at their contract expiration in November to start the new company anyway. Universal was providing the cash for a buyout of an equity stake in the new company. By January 21, 1993, it approved a $9 share offer made by its founders and co-chief executives, and IFE Acquisition Co. could render the offer for the deal.
In early 1997, Imagine Entertainment reopened its television division and signed a deal with Walt Disney Television for the development of TV series, which would expire at the end of 2000. Its movie contract remained with Universal. It boosted up their access to Disney's TV production slate. Imagine was exclusive for development and production of TV projects, including half-hour comedy series, one-hour dramas, motion pictures for TV and miniseries. They hired Tony Krantz to be co-chairman of its television division, and it will share a stake in the television division with its founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, while overseeing the TV division's day-to-day operations.
In 2000, the partnership teamed up with 20th Century Fox for development of TV series, an agreement set to expire at the end of 2016. In 2011, the company had three weak box office performers with The Dilemma, Cowboys & Aliens and Tower Heist. Because of their weak financial pact renewal with Universal in January 2012, Imagine laid off 5 employees, including production executive Jeremy Steckler. This also moves Imagine from exclusive to a first-look deal. By 2013, Imagine was considering other funding methods for the company's films including crowdfunding for a Friday Night Lights movie.
In November 2013, Michael Rosenberg was promoted to co-chairman followed in December 2013, with Erica Huggins being promoted to his previous position as president. Industry insiders indicated in late January 2016 that a deal with Raine Group was in the works that would have Raine become a partner of the production company while contributing $100 million. The deal was then confirmed on February 8, 2016.
On April 5, 2017, Imagine signed a six-picture deal with Warner Bros. and Australian visual effects/animation studio Animal Logic to develop, finance, and produce six animated/live-action films. At the end of July 2017, the company struck a four-year first look co-financing and television production deal with CBS Corporation, which saw the former producing content for the company's CBS and Showtime television networks and CBS All Access SVOD streaming service. The agreement was reached by Grazer and CBS Corporation then-Chairman and then-CEO Les Moonves.
In February 2018, Imagine acquired a controlling stake in Jax Media. In November that same year, the company also acquired a stake in content studio Marginal Mediaworks founded by CEO Sanjay Sharma.
In June 2020, Imagine Entertainment made a substantial investment in Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Productions. Gibney formed the New York-based Jigsaw in 2012, and directed and produced Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, and Citizen K. More recently, the studio signed a first-look deal with Apple Originals.
In January 2022, Imagine Entertainment promoted Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns, co-founders of Jax Media, to co-presidents, overseeing the company's film and television content. Most recently, the company is switching its deal from Apple to Amazon Studios.
The feature-film division has participated in over sixty productions and is associated with Universal Pictures, which has distributed many of Imagine's productions, some with other studios. Erica Huggins was hired as senior vice president of motion picture production and was elevated to executive vice president in 2006, and later to co-president of production in 2010.
|1987||Like Father Like Son||First film|
|Clean and Sober|
|1989||The 'Burbs||Universal Pictures|||
|The Dream Team|
|Opportunity Knocks||With Brad Grey Productions and The Meledandri-Gordon Company|
|Problem Child||With Robert Simonds Productions|||
|1991||The Doors||With Carolco Pictures|
|Closet Land||Universal Pictures|
|Backdraft||With Trilogy Entertainment Group|
|Problem Child 2||With Robert Simonds Productions|
|1992||Far and Away||Universal Pictures|||
|Boomerang||With Eddie Murphy Productions|
|Cop and a Half|
|For Love or Money|
|1994||My Girl 2|
|The Cowboy Way|
|The Nutty Professor||With Eddie Murphy Productions|||
|Ransom||With Touchstone Pictures|
|The Chamber||Universal Pictures||With Davis Entertainment|
|Inventing the Abbotts|
|1998||Mercury Rising||Universal Pictures|
|Beyond the Mat|||
|Breakthrough: Virus Fighters||With National Geographic Studios, Lincoln Square Productions, DDCD & Partners, Inc., Asylum Entertainment and General Electric|||
|D. Wade: Life Unexpected||Under Imagine Documentaries|||
|2021||The Day Sports Stood Still||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Waffle Iron Entertainment, Hill District Media and Ohh Dip!!! Productions|||
|Julia||Under Imagine Documentaries; with CNN Films and Storyville Films|||
|Paper & Glue||
Abromarama and MSNBC Films
|Under Imagine Documentaries; with Impact Partners, TIME Studios and Shark Island Productions|||
|2022||Thirteen Lives||With Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Bron Creative, Magnolia Mae Films and Storyteller Productions|||
|TBA||Zero||With Warner Animation Group and Animal Logic|||
|Untitled Friday Night Lights film||Universal Pictures|||
|Carlos||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Sony Music Entertainment|||
|Rainbow Serpent||co-production with Animal Logic|||
|2009||Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!||With Universal Animation Studios|
|2015||Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle||Universal Pictures Home Entertainment||With Universal 1440 Entertainment and Universal Animation Studios|
|2016||Kindergarten Cop 2||With Universal 1440 Entertainment and Where's Arnold Productions|||
|2017||Cop and a Half: New Recruit||With Universal 1440 Entertainment, Everywhere Studios and 50 Degrees North Productions|
|2019||Backdraft 2||With Universal 1440 Entertainment, Rafaella Productions, Nexus Factory, uMedia and Title Media|
|Undercover Brother 2||With Universal 1440 Entertainment and Hal Lieberman Company|
|2019||Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10||Under Imagine Documentaries; with DHX Media and Tremolo Productions|||
|2020||Dads||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Dove Men + Care and Nine Muses Entertainment|||
|John Bronco||With Gifted Youth|||
|2021||Who Are You, Charlie Brown?||Under Imagine Documentaries; with WildBrain Studios, Peanuts Worldwide and Schulz Studio|||
|John Bronco Rides Again||With Gifted Youth|
|Tick, Tick... Boom!||With 5000 Broadway Productions|||
|Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker||Under Imagine Documentaries; with MTV Documentary Films and Delirio Films; short documentary|||
|2022||Downfall: The Case Against Boeing||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Moxie Films|
|Lucy and Desi||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Amazon Studios, White Horse Pictures, Paper Kite Productions and Diamond Docs|||
|We Feed People||Under Imagine Documentaries; with National Geographic Documentary Films|||
|Leave No Trace||Under Imagine Documentaries; with ABC News Studios and Vermilion Films|||
|Thirteen Lives||With Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Bron and Amazon Studios|||
|Wedding Season||With Jax Media and Samosa Stories|
|Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues||Under Imagine Documentaries|
|The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Appian Way and Moxie Films|||
|2023||Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, with Dave Letterman||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Tremolo Productions and Worldwide Pants Productions|||
|Tetris||With AI Film, Marv Studios, Unigram and Apple Studios|
|Judy Blume Forever||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Amazon Studios|||
|2023||The Beanie Bubble||With Apple Studios|||
|TBA||The Shrinking of Treehorn||With Animal Logic|||
|Untitled Jim Henson documentary||Under Imagine Documentaries; with The Jim Henson Company|||
|Formerly||Imagine Television (1985-2019)|
|Brian Grazer (Chairman)|
Ron Howard (Chairman)
Its television division, Imagine Television Studios (formerly Imagine Television), was founded in November 1985 by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, around the same time when the company was founded. It has participated in at least twenty productions and is associated with 20th Century Fox Television.
|1986–87||Gung Ho||First television series; with Four Way Productions and Paramount Television|
|1987–88||Ohara||With M'ass Production and Warner Bros. Television|
|1987||Take Five||With Empire City Presentations and Tri-Star Television|
|1989||Knight & Daye||NBC|
|1990–91||Parenthood||With Universal Television|
|My Talk Show||
|With Second City Entertainment and MCA TV|
|1997–98||Hiller and Diller||With Touchstone Television|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon|
|1998–2000||Sports Night||With Touchstone Television|
|1999–2001||The PJs||With The Murphy Company, Will Vinton Studios, Touchstone Television (seasons 1 and 2) and Warner Bros. Television (season 3)|
|2000||Wonderland||With Touchstone Television|
|Rat Bastard||Pilot; with Epoch Ink|
|2001||The Beast||With Touchstone Television|
|2001–10||24||With Real Time Productions, Teakwood Lane Productions, and 20th Century Fox Television|||
|2003||Miss Match||With Darren Star Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|Arrested Development||With The Hurwitz Company and 20th Century Fox Television|||
|2004||The Big House||With 20th Century Fox Television|
|2004–05||Quintuplets||With Mark Reisman Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2005||The Inside||With Reamworks and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2006||Saved||With Sarabande Productions and Fox 21|
|Curious George||Credited as Imagine Entertainment; seasons 1–9, 12 and 14–present; with WGBH Boston (seasons 1–9 and 12), Universal 1440 Entertainment (seasons 12, 14–present) and Universal Animation Studios|
|2006||Treasure Hunters||With Magical Elves, Inc. and Madison Road Entertainment|
|2006–08||Shark||With Deforestation Services and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2006–11||Friday Night Lights||With Film 44 and Universal Media Studios|||
|2008||24: Redemption||With Teakwood Lane Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2009–11||Lie to Me||With Pagoda Pictures, Samuel Baum Productions, MiddKid Productions, and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2010–15||Parenthood||NBC||With True Jack Productions, Open 4 Business Productions and Universal Television|
|2011||Friends with Benefits||With Big Kid Pictures, Pickle Films, and 20th Century Fox Television|
|The Playboy Club||With Alta Loma Entertainment, Storyland Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2012||The 84th Academy Awards||With The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences|||
|The Great Escape||With Profiles Television Productions, The Hochberg Ebersol Company, and Fox Television Studios|
|2013||How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)||With Hot Lava Girl Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2014||Those Who Kill||With One Two One Three Pictures, Miso Film, and Fox 21|
|24: Live Another Day||With Teakwood Lane Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|Gang Related||With Chris Morgan Productions, Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions, and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2015–20||Empire||With Lee Daniels Entertainment, Danny Strong Productions, Little Chicken Inc., and 20th Century Fox Television|||
|2015||The Bastard Executioner||With Sutter Ink, FX Productions, and Fox 21 Television Studios|
|2017||24: Legacy||With Coto/Katz Productions, Teakwood Lane Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|||
|Shots Fired||With Undisputed Cinema and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2017–present||Genius||With Paperboy Productions, OddLot Entertainment, EUE/Sokolow and 20th Television|||
|2019–21||Why Women Kill||With Black Lamb, Acme Productions, Cherry Productions and CBS Studios|
|2019–23||Wu-Tang: An American Saga||With RZA Productions, Minute Drill Productions and 20th Television|
|2020||68 Whiskey||With yes Studio, Little City and CBS Television Studios|
|Filthy Rich||With Wyolah Films and Fox Entertainment|
|2020–21||The Astronauts||Under Imagine Kids+Family; with UnMovies and Nickelodeon Productions|||
|2020||On Pointe||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Downtown Community Television Center|
|2021||We Are: The Brooklyn Saints||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Disarming Films|||
|Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel||Under Imagine Documentaries; with RadicalMedia and Third Eye Motion Picture Company|||
|Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Rolling Stone and Lightbox|||
|Gossip||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Showtime Documentary Films|
|The Lost Symbol||With Dworkin/Beattie, Universal Television and CBS Studios|
|Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer||Under Imagine Documentaries; with RadicalMedia and Third Eye Motion Picture Company|||
|2021–present||Swagger||With Undisputed Cinema, Thirty Five Ventures and CBS Studios|
|The Ms. Pat Show||With Lee Daniels Entertainment, 20th Television (season 2) and BET Original Productions|
|2022||Under the Banner of Heaven||Credited as Imagine Television; with Hungry Jackal Productions, Aggregate Films and FXP|
|Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies and the Internet||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Luminant Media|
|Light & Magic||Under Imagine Documentaries; with Lucasfilm and Kasdan Pictures|||
|Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields||Under Imagine Documentaries; with RadicalMedia and Third Eye Motion Picture Company|||
|2022–present||The Tiny Chef Show||Under Imagine Kids+Family; with Factory, Dunshire Productions, Tiny Chef Productions and Nickelodeon Animation Studio|||
|2023||Murf the Surf||With This Machine Filmworks|
|2023–present||Bossy Bear||Under Imagine Kids+Family; with Renegade Animation and Nickelodeon Animation Studio|
|TBA||Untitled musical comedy||With Amazon Studios|||
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