Picturehouse (company)

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Picturehouse
Private
Predecessor Fine Line Features
Founded 2005 (original company)
2013 (revived studio)
Founders New Line Cinema
HBO Films
Headquarters New York City, New York, U.S.
Key people
Bob Berney (CEO)
Jeanne Berney (President)
Website www.picturehouse.com

Picturehouse is an American film production and distribution company formed in 2005 as a joint venture of New Line Cinema and HBO Films, both subsidiaries of Time Warner.

The company was formed from New Line and HBO's acquisition of the distribution arm of Newmarket Films, which was run by Bob Berney, who would remain the head of this new company. New Line's specialty division Fine Line Features was folded into Picturehouse. Its DVD releases were split between HBO Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

After Time Warner's 2008 consolidation of New Line into Warner Bros., the Hollywood press believed that Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures would merge to create a new division.[1] On May 8, 2008, however, it was announced that both of the specialty divisions would be shut down, costing 70 employees their jobs.[2]

History[edit]

The company was started in 2005 by New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and HBO. It was influenced by Warner Independent Pictures, another division of Warner Bros. They had a slow start with a few box office bombs before taking off with Pan's Labyrinth, earning six nominations and three Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards. They went on to produce other popular films such as La Vie En Rose, which won 2 Oscars, and The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which disappointed on initial release, but developed a cult following. They shut down in May 2008.[3]

On January 15, 2013, it was announced that Picturehouse would be relaunched, after its founder Bob Berney acquired the logo and trademark from Warner Bros..[4] The first movie released under the revived Picturehouse label was Metallica: Through the Never.[5]

Filmography[edit]

2000s[edit]

Release Date Title
July 22, 2005 Last Days
September 16, 2005 The Thing About My Folks
October 19, 2005 Ushpizin
January 27, 2006 Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
April 14, 2006 The Notorious Bettie Page
June 9, 2006 A Prairie Home Companion
November 9, 2006 Who the *$&% Is Jackson Pollock?
November 10, 2006 Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus
January 19, 2007 Pan's Labyrinth
March 9, 2007 Starter for 10
June 1, 2007 Gracie
June 8, 2007 La Vie en rose
August 3, 2007 El Cantante
August 10, 2007 Rocket Science
August 17, 2007 The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
September 14, 2007 Silk
January 11, 2008 The Orphanage
February 8, 2008 Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland
February 29, 2008 The Fox and the Child
March 28, 2008 Run, Fatboy, Run
June 6, 2008 Mongol
July 2, 2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
September 12, 2008 The Women
January 20, 2009 Amusement

2010s[edit]

Release Date Title
October 4, 2013 Metallica: Through the Never
September 17, 2014 The Guest
July 17, 2015 Gloria
October 9, 2015 Big Stone Gap

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Anne (March 4, 2008). "Warner Bros. shape shifts". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ Hayes, Dade; McNary, Dave (May 8, 2008). "Picturehouse, WIP close shop". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  3. ^ Deen, Nate (May 9, 2008). "Warner Bros. Shuts Down Picturehouse and Warner Independent". FilmSchoolRejects.com. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike (January 15, 2013). "The Berneys are Back with Picturehouse, and Now They've got Metallica". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  5. ^ Cunningham, Todd (September 25, 2013). "'Metallica Through the Never' Rocks the Rebirth of Indie Picturehouse". TheWrap.com. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 

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