Mutual Film Company

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Mutual Film Company
Formerly called
Cloud Nine Entertainment (1994–1995)
Production company
Industry Film
Founded May 1, 1994
Founders Mark Gordon
Gary Levinsohn
Headquarters United States
Key people
Mark Gordon
Gary Levinsohn
Don Granger
Products Film

Mutual Film Company is an American film production company based in Hollywood, California. The company was founded by film producers Mark Gordon and Gary Levinsohn in 1994 as Cloud Nine Entertainment. Mutual is a film financier that was involved in the co-production of feature films. Mutual notably co-produced and financed several feature films for Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios.

History[edit]

In 1994, film producers Mark Gordon and Gary Levinsohn established Cloud Nine Entertainment, a production company that would be involved in the co-production and financing of feature films.[1] The company opened its office at Raleigh Studios on Melrose Avenue near the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, California.[2]

Following Cloud Nine's establishment, the company created an international sales division, and finalized a multi-year equity partnership with four companies — the United Kingdom's BBC, Germany's Tele-München, Japan's Toho-Towa/Marubeni and France's UGC-PH. These four companies financed 60% (15% each) of the films' budgets,[3] in exchange for distribution rights in their respective territories and equity stakes in the films on a worldwide basis.[4]

The company's first film was 1997's The Relic.[1]

Eighteen months after forming Cloud Nine, Gordon and Levinsohn renamed the company to Mutual Film Company. The new name was meant to reflect the joint venture and the profits it would share with its international investors.[1]

Mutual notably financed films for Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures. On several occasions, films developed by Mutual, such as Saving Private Ryan (1998) and The Patriot (2000), were financed by major studios.[5]

In 2000, three of Mutual's partners, Tele Munchen Gruppe, BBC, and Toho-Towa, negotiated with a banking consortium led by Union Bank of California and secured a $200 million revolving credit line that would allow Mutual to produce and finance films without approval from a major film studio.[5] Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, released in 2001, became the second highest-grossing film produced by Mutual (after Saving Private Ryan), while its sequel, subtitled The Cradle of Life, underperformed. Mutual's investors left the company, citing the poor box office performances of the many films produced.[3]

In June 2001, Gordon left Mutual to form his own company, the Mark Gordon Company. Film producer Don Granger joined the company, working alongside Levinsohn.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Mutual Film Company has produced 17 films. Of these, only one, The Ripper was a made-for-television production. Note that in some cases the distributor or distributors are also co-producers. The box office column reflects the worldwide gross for the theatrical release of the films in United States dollars.

Year Title Director Co-production company(s) Distributor(s) Box office Ref.
1997 The Relic Hyams, PeterPeter Hyams Marubeni/Toho-Towa, Tele-München and BBC Paramount Pictures $33,956,608 [6]
1997 The Jackal Caton-Jones, MichaelMichael Caton-Jones Alphaville Films, in association Tele-München, UGC-PH, BBC and Marubeni/Toho-Towa Universal Pictures $159,330,280 [7]
1997 The Ripper 1 Janet Meyers Universal Television [8]
1998 Hard Rain Salomon, MikaelMikael Salomon Marubeni/Toho-Towa, Tele-München, BBC UGC-PH and Nordisk Film Paramount Pictures $19,870,567 [9]
1998 Primary Colors Nichols, MikeMike Nichols Icarus Productions, in association with Tele-München, UGC-PH, BBC and Marubeni/Toho-Towa Universal Pictures $52,090,187 [10]
1998 Paulie John Roberts DreamWorks Pictures $26,875,268 [11]
1998 Black Dog Hooks, KevinKevin Hooks Tele-München, UGC-PH, BBC and Marubeni/Toho-Towa Universal Pictures $12,951,088 [12]
1998 Saving Private Ryan Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg Amblin Entertainment DreamWorks Pictures;
Paramount Pictures
$481,840,909 [13]
1998 A Simple Plan Raimi, SamSam Raimi Savoy Pictures, in association with BBC, Marubeni, Tele-München, Toho-Towa and UGC-PH Paramount Pictures $16,316,273 [14]
1999 Virus John Bruno Valhalla Motion Pictures, Dark Horse Entertainment, in association with Tele-München, UGC-PH, BBC and Marubeni/Toho-Towa Universal Pictures $30,652,005 [15]
1999 Man on the Moon Forman, MilošMiloš Forman Jersey Films, Shapiro/West Productions, in association with Tele-München, BBC and Marubeni/Toho-Towa Universal Pictures $47,434,430 [16]
2000 Isn't She Great Bergman, AndrewAndrew Bergman Tele-München, BBC and Marubeni/Toho-Towa Universal Pictures $3,003,296 [17]
2000 Wonder Boys Hanson, CurtisCurtis Hanson Tele-München, BBC and Marubeni/Toho-Towa Paramount Pictures $33,426,588 [18]
2000 The Patriot Emmerich, RolandRoland Emmerich Centropolis Entertainment Columbia Pictures $215,294,342 [19]
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider West, SimonSimon West Lawrence Gordon Productions, Eidos Interactive, in association with Tele-München, BBC and Marubeni/Toho-Towa Paramount Pictures $274,703,340 [20]
2003 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life de Bont, JanJan de Bont Lawrence Gordon Productions, Eidos Interactive, in association with Tele-München, BBC and Marubeni/Toho-Towa Paramount Pictures $156,505,388 [21]
2003 Timeline Donner, RichardRichard Donner Cobalt Media Group, The Donners' Company, Artists Production Group Paramount Pictures $43,935,763 [22]
2006 Snakes on a Plane Ellis, David R.David R. Ellis New Line Cinema $62,022,014 [23]
2012 Deadfall Ruzowitzky, StefanStefan Ruzowitzky StudioCanal, 2929 Productions Magnolia Pictures $66,351 [24]
2012 Jack Reacher 2 McQuarrie, ChristopherChristopher McQuarrie Skydance Productions, Cruise/Wagner Productions Paramount Pictures $218,340,595 [25]
Box office total: $1,858,054,344 —'

1 Released as a made-for-television film
2 Uncredited

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Hindes, Andrew (February 4, 1998). "Mutual agreement | Variety". Variety. Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Harris, Dana (February 13, 2001). "Split personalities get shrink | Variety". Variety. Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Hindes, Andrew (February 4, 1998). "Mutual agreement | Variety". Variety. Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Brown, Colin (May 9, 2000). "Mutual's foreign partners strike $200m credit line". Screen Daily. Media Business Insight Limited. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Movie The Relic - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Box Office Mojo: The Jackal". Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Scott, Tony (December 7, 1997). "The Ripper | Variety". Variety. Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hard Rain (1998)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Primary Colors (1998)". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Paulie (1998)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Black Dog (1998)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Saving Private Ryan". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ "A Simple Plan - Box Office Data, DVD and Blu-ray Sales, Movie News, Cast and Crew Information - The Numbers". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Virus (1999)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Man on the Moon (1999)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Isn't She Great (2000)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Wonder Boys (2000)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  19. ^ "The Patriot (2000)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2000)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2000)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Timeline (2003)". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Snakes on a Plane (2006)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Deadfall (2012)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Jack Reacher (2012)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 

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