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Imagine Entertainment's logo.
|Genre||Film and Television Production company|
|Predecessor||Imagine Films Entertainment|
|Headquarters||Beverly Hills, California, United States|
|Brian Grazer (Chairman)
Ron Howard (Chairman)
Michael Rosenberg (Co-Chairman)
Erica Huggins (President)
|Products||Feature films, TV series|
Imagine Films Entertainment
Early on the company sealed a production and distribution deal with Universal Pictures expiring in November 1992. Universal's deal was to fund 50% of 30 films. The company 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. A pay television broadcast agreement was made with Showtime.
By May 1992, 48% of the stock was public traded and worth $9.375. The duo agreed to a new six 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 the buy out for an equity stake in the new company.
In 2000, the partnership partnered for TV series development with 20th Century Fox, an agreement expiring 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 of 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 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 pictures and was elevated to exec vice president in 2006 then in 2010 to co-president of production.
- Willow (With Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
- Vibes (With Columbia Pictures)
- Clean and Sober (With Warner Bros.)
- The 'Burbs (With Universal Pictures)
- The Dream Team (With Universal Pictures)
- Parenthood (With Universal Pictures)
- Cry-Baby (With Universal Pictures)
- Opportunity Knocks (With Universal Pictures)
- Kindergarten Cop (With Universal Pictures)
- Problem Child (With Universal Pictures)
- Backdraft (With Universal Pictures)
- Closet Land (With Universal Pictures)
- The Doors (With TriStar Pictures)
- My Girl (With Columbia Pictures)
- Problem Child 2 (With Universal Pictures)
- Boomerang (With Paramount Pictures)
- Far and Away (With Universal Pictures)
- HouseSitter (With Universal Pictures)
- CB4 (With Universal Pictures)
- Cop and a Half (With Universal Pictures)
- For Love or Money (With Universal Pictures)
- Greedy (With Universal Pictures)
- The Cowboy Way (With Universal Pictures)
- My Girl 2 (With Columbia Pictures)
- The Paper (With Universal Pictures)
- The Chamber (With Universal Pictures)
- Fear (With Universal Pictures)
- The Nutty Professor (With Universal Pictures)
- Ransom (With Touchstone Pictures)
- Sgt. Bilko (With Universal Pictures)
- Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (With Universal Pictures)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (With Universal Pictures)
- 8 Mile (With Universal Pictures)
- Blue Crush (With Universal Pictures)
- Stealing Harvard (With Columbia Pictures)
- Undercover Brother (With Universal Pictures)
- The Cat in the Hat (With Universal Pictures and DreamWorks)
- Intolerable Cruelty (With Universal Pictures)
- The Missing (With Columbia Pictures)
- Cinderella Man (With Universal Pictures and Miramax Films)
- Flightplan (With Touchstone Pictures)
- Fun with Dick and Jane (With Columbia Pictures)
- Inside Deep Throat (With Universal Pictures)
- Curious George (With Universal Pictures)
- The Da Vinci Code (With Columbia Pictures)
- Inside Man (With Universal Pictures)
- Phase Three
- Changeling (With Universal Pictures)
- Frost/Nixon (With Universal Pictures and StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Relativity Media)
- Angels & Demons (With Columbia Pictures)
- Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! (With Universal Pictures)
- Take Me Home Tonight (With Relativity Media and Rogue Pictures)
- The Dilemma (with Universal Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment)
- Cowboys & Aliens (with Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Platinum Studios)
- Restless (with Sony Pictures Classics and Columbia Pictures)
- Tower Heist (with Universal Pictures and Relativity Media)
- J. Edgar (with Warner Bros. Pictures, Malpaso Productions and Wintergreen Productions)
- Rush - independently financed (with Universal Pictures, Exclusive Media, Cross Creek Pictures, Revolution Films and Working Title Films)
- Inferno (with Columbia Pictures)
- Low Riders (with Universal Pictures)
- Kindergarten Cop 2 (with Universal Pictures, Universal 1440 Entertainment and Where's Arnold Productions)
- Pelé: Birth of a Legend
- The Dark Tower with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey
- Mena, a Tom Cruise movie entangling drug runners and the CIA
Its television division, Imagine Television has participated in at least twenty productions and is associated with 20th Century Fox Television.
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- Rainey, James (January 28, 2016). "Raine Group to Invest $100 Million-Plus in Imagine, Partners Eye Expansion". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- Fabrikant, Geraldine (May 19, 1992). "COMPANY NEWS; Chiefs of Imagine Films Seek to Take It Private". New York Times. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- THR Staff (January 12, 2012). "Imagine Entertainment Lays Off Staff". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- Fleming Jr, Mike (May 16, 2013). "Cannes: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Introduce Imagine 2.0; A Pele Pic On The Croisette, A Crowd-Funded 'Friday Night Lights', 'Dark Tower', Jay-Z And One Angry White Whale". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- "Imagine Entertainment Company Profile – Yahoo! Finance". Biz.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.