Motion Picture Corporation of America

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Not to be confused with Motion Picture Association of America.
Motion Picture Corporation of America
Industry Motion pictures
Founded 1986
Founders Brad Krevoy
Steve Stabler
Headquarters Century City, Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people
Brad Krevoy
Products Motion pictures
Website mpcafilm.com

Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA) is an American film production company founded by Brad Krevoy in 1986.

History[edit]

Motion Picture Corporation of America was founded in 1986 by Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler out of college. MPCA made 60 films with low budget and young talent. They had three big sucesses “Threesome”, “Dumb and Dumber” and “Kingpin” (Rysher).[1]

The duo then sought funding for larger movies and met John Kluge in November 1995.[1] In July 1996,[citation needed] MPCA was acquired by Kluge’s Metromedia International Group and operated as part of Metromedia’s Orion Pictures Corporation.[1] Krevoy and Stabler managed Orion Pictures’ operations as executive vice president.[1] Both received a six picture put picture distribution deal as a part of their contracts.[2]

In July 1997, Metromedia shareholders approved the sale of Orion (as well as Samuel Goldwyn Entertainment and Motion Picture Corporation of America library) to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. This led to the dismissal of 85 employees, including Krevoy and Stabler.[1] MGM inherited the duo's put picture distribution deal.[2] Krevoy and Stabler retained the right to the Motion Picture Corporation of America name and their three top movies.[1]

Reorganized[edit]

The MPCA duo had MGM release "Rumor of Angels", a Vanessa Redgrave drama, and the comedy "3 Strikes." With the Orion originated put picture deal about to expire, Stabler sold his put picture slots to other producers.[2] Since its reorganization in January 1998, MPCA has produced over 20 motion pictures, acquired a library of nearly 200 motion pictures, and negotiated financing and studio distribution arrangements. MPCA’s productions include A Love Song for Bobby Long, Riding the Bullet, Second in Command, The Hard Corps, and Moondance Alexander. For her work in A Love Song for Bobby Long, Scarlett Johansson received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

Brad Krevoy also co-produced the 1999 Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated ABC television musical Annie for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney.

Along with feature films, MPCA is involved in financing, producing, and selling television projects. The company partnered with The Hallmark Channel on When Calls the Heart, a frontier series based on the novels by international bestseller Janette Oke. The first season garnered a viewership of 2.7 million people. Production on season two begins this fall. MPCA is also producing and financing a reboot of The Saint, the spy thriller of the 1960s originally starring former Bond Roger Moore.[3][4] Writers Chris Lunt and Ed Whitmore have been commissioned to write the script.

MPCA recently produced the drama Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon for HBO Films, which premiered on HBO to the highest ratings of any original film in the past five years. The film was nominated for 10 Emmys (winning one), PGA, WGA, DGA, ASC, ACE, and SAG awards, as well as two Golden Globes (Best Film and winning for Best Actor, Kevin Bacon).

MPCA's other recent productions include A Royal Christmas, The Christmas Spirit, The Sweeter Side of Life, Arena, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, Meeting Evil, A Princess for Christmas and Dumb and Dumber To,

MPCA is currently in development on multiple projects. In partnership with DreamWorks, MPCA will remake the Japanese cult hit Yomigaeri. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin will write the script, tentatively titled Resurrection.[5] Previously, screenwriters Dana Stevens and Joel Siberling contributed work to the script. Also on the slate is an English-language adaptation of Okuribito, retitled Departures for American audiences. The Japanese drama was the recipient of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Grand Prix des Amériques at the 32nd Montreal World Film Festival. MPCA is also prepping a remake of the '80s martial arts film Best of the Best and a reboot of the classic horror franchise Pumpkinhead.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Nominee(s) Result
1997 Prisoner of the Mountains Best Foreign Language Film Sergey Bodrov, Carolyn Cavallero, Boris Giller, and Eduard Krapivsky Nominated
1998 Ulee's Gold Best Actor in a Leading Role Peter Fonda Nominated

Golden Globes[edit]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2000 Annie Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Kathy Bates Nominated
2010 Taking Chance Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Kevin Bacon Won
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Fred Berger, Lori Keith Douglas, Ross Katz, Brad Krevoy, Frank Schaeffer, William Teitler, and Cathy Wischner-Sola Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2009 Taking Chance Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie Lee Percy and Brian A. Kates Won
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Ross Katz Nominated
Outstanding Main Title Design Michael Riley, Dan Meehan, and Bob Swensen Nominated
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Marcelo Zarvos Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Kevin Bacon Nominated
Outstanding Television Movie Brad Krevoy, Cathy Wischner-Sola, Ross Katz, William Teitler, and Lori Keith Douglas Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie T.J. O'Mara and Rick Ash Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Michael Strobl and Ross Katz Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie Dan Leigh, James Donahue, Ron von Blomberg, and HBO Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Frank Gaeta, Rickley W. Dumm, David Grant, Tim Boggs, Johnny Caruso, Catherine Harper, Christopher Moriana, and HBO Nominated
Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2000 Annie Outstanding Choreography Rob Marshall Won
Outstanding Music Direction Paul Bogaev Won
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Stephen Hendrickson, Edward L. Rubin, and Archie D'Amico Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Marcia Turner, Rosalie Joseph, and Valorie Massalas Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie Ralf D. Bode Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Shay Cunliffe and Patricia McLaughlin Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Rob Marshall Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie Scott Vickrey Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie Matthew Kasten, Mishell Chandler, and Natasha Ladek Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Kathy Bates Nominated
Outstanding Television Movie Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Chris Montan, Marykay Powell, and John Whitman Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie Edward L. Moskowitz, Terry O'Bright, and Keith Rogers Nominated

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