Random House Studio

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Random House Studio
Founded (November 2005 (2005-11))
Headquarters New York[1]
Number of locations
Key people
Peter Gethers (president)[1]
Jeffrey Levine (Head of Television)[2]
Owner FremantleMedia North America
Number of employees
10 (2013)[3]
Divisions Random House Films
Random House Television

Random House Studio is a production company responsible for adapting books published by Penguin Random House to film or TV, under the labels Random House Films and Random House Television. Previously owned directly by Penguin Random House (jointly owned by Bertelsmann and Pearson), the unit was acquired by affiliated production company FremantleMedia North America (75.1% owned by Bertelsmann through RTL Group) in 2016.[4]

Random House was previously in a related field, the home video market, starting back around 1985 with its Random House Home Video unit that starting in 1986 had video tape rights to 17 years of Sesame Street shows.[5] RH Home Video lasted possible as late as 2008.[6]


Random House Films[edit]

Random House established a book to film unit, Random House Films, in 2005 with a Focus Features deal under a development and co-finance plan for reasonable budgeted adult-oriented movies. The deal was too capital intensive as RHF had to cover up to half of the film budget.[7]

RHF acquired the book and film rights to One Day from writer David Nicholls allowing for simplified parallel development with an editor/producer. The book debut at the same time as film had begun in 2009 with the film reaching the screens in 2011. The film had a budget of $15 million and grossed $13.8 million domestic and $56.7 million worldwide while the book sold 1.5 million copies with 750 thousand copies of the movie edition. One Day was the film units most successful production.[7]

After 2010, RHF move to a different strategy of film development and packaging then shopping them to production companies and the studios for a producer's fee and a percentage of the profits.[7] RHF made a deal in October 2011 to create a movie franchise of Ross Macdonald's detective Lew Archer with Joel Silver and Warner Bros..[8]

Random House Studio[edit]

In July 2012, Random House announce the creation of the Random House Studio (RHS) and Random House Television (RH TV). RH Studio with contain both the TV and film divisions. Additional, RH TV agreed to work with affiliated, FremantleMedia, on the TV series development.[9] RH TV was based in FremantleMedia’s Los Angeles offices and its Head of Television was Jeffrey Levine.[2]

On July 1, 2013, RHS's parent company merged with Penguin to form Penguin Random House.[10] In February 2013, Focus Features and Random House Studio teams up for film rights, production and co-financing of Jo Baker's novel Longbourne, Pride and Prejudice from the servants point of view, with the book to be published in the fall by Transworld in the U.K., Alfred A. Knopf in the U.S. and Random House in Canada.[11]

In September 2014, Random House Studio signed a first look production deal with Universal Pictures, under which Random House would be producer on the projects developed and filmed based on Penguin Random House books. This buttresses the existing Universal subsidiary Focus Features' deal with Random House Films.[12]

RH TV's first co-production Heartland Table with Tavola Productions premiered September 14, 2014 on the Food Network (also financier) starring chef Amy Thielen. Theilen's companion book, "The New Midwestern Table," will be issued by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House imprint, on September 24.[3]

The studio and Jupiter Entertainment entered a deal for unscripted programs. Jupiter was developing three shows by July 2016.[4]

In July 2016 FremantleMedia acquired the company. FremantleMedia signed Random House Studios with Chinese Meridian Entertainment for theatrical while handling TV productions internally. The unscripted programs moved from Jupiter to Fremantle.[4]


Meridian Entertainment co-productions[4]
  • The Silent Land, based on a novel by Graham Joyce
  • Longbourn, an adaptation of a Jo Baker novel
  • City Of Light, based on the nonfiction book Death In The City Of Light by David King


  • Heartland Table (Food Network 2014-present) Tavola Productions, Food Network[3]
  • Loving Day (Showtime)[4]
  • Rachel Carson TV movie (HBO)[4]
  • No God But God - unscripted series in development original by Jupiter Entertainment[4]
  • The Knowledge (based on a book by Lewis Dartnell) unscripted series in development originally by Jupiter Entertainment[4]
  • God Made Me Do It (author Jonathan Merritt) unscripted series in development originally by Jupiter Entertainment[4]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Lynn (November 4, 2005). "Random House, Focus Features teaming up". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (July 25, 2012). "Random House Signs First-Look Deal With FremantleMedia, Starts Random House TV". Deadline. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (August 18, 2013). "Publisher Makes TV Play". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lieberman, David (July 18, 2016). "FremantleMedia Buys Random House Studio With New TV-Movie Alliance". Deadline. Penske Business Media. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ "`Sesame` Videos Coming Soon". Sun Sentinel. Chicago Tribune. January 17, 1986. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "RANDOM HOUSE HOME VIDEO". TradeMarkia. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Lewis, Andy (February 23, 2012). "How Publishers Bolster Their Bottom Line by Retaining Film Rights". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (October 31, 2011). "Warner Bros, Joel Silver Revive Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer Novel Series With 'The Galton Case'". Deadline. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Deahl, Rachel (July 25, 2012). "Random House Launches TV Division". publishersweekly.com. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ Bosman, Julie (July 1, 2013). "Penguin and Random House Merge, Saying Change Will Come Slowly". New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (February 7, 2013). "Focus Features, Random House Studio Snap Up Big-Screen Rights to New Spin on 'Pride and Prejudice'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (September 24, 2014). "Universal, Penguin Random House In 2-Year First-Look Pact". Deadline. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ Shayon, Sheila (August 19, 2013). "Penguin Random House Expands Diversification Effort with TV Series". Brand Channel. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 

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