Red Hour Productions

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Red Hour Productions
Industry Film, television, digital
Founded 2001
Headquarters United States

Red Hour Productions is an American film production company operated by actor Ben Stiller and producer Stuart Cornfeld. In the past, Red Hour has had first-look deals with New Line Cinema, and currently has an exclusive first-look feature deal with 20th Century Fox.[1]



The name was derived from a 1967 Star Trek episode, "The Return of the Archons", which features a scheduled alien riot.[2]

The first film produced by Red Hour was the 2001 comedy film Zoolander, based on the male model character Stiller co-created with Drake Sather for the VH1 Fashion Awards.[3] Stiller co-wrote the screenplay with John Hamburg and directed the film. Red Hour Films also produced DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, starring Stiller and Vince Vaughn; Starsky and Hutch, starring Stiller and Owen Wilson; Blades of Glory, starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder; and Tropic Thunder, starring Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey, Jr.. Tropic Thunder earned an Academy Award nomination for Downey, Jr. and Golden Globe Award nominations for both Downey, Jr. and Tom Cruise. The film won "Best Comedy" at the Broadcast Critics Film Awards and the Hollywood Film Awards.[4]


In November 2011, Red Hour announced a new television division to be headed by veteran film and TV executive Debbie Liebling, and signed an overall deal with ABC Studios.[5] In its first development season, Red Hour Television sold two comedies to ABC, Please Knock and The Notorious Mollie Flowers.[6]


In 2010, Red Hour Digital, a subsidiary of Red Hour Films, signed a two-year first look digital deal with Paramount Digital Entertainment.[7] Under the new two-year deal, Red Hour planned to develop original digital media properties that can be launched on a variety of formats, including live action and animated webisodes, and social media games on both digital and mobile platforms.[8]



Year Film Director
2001 Zoolander Ben Stiller
2003 Duplex Danny DeVito
2004 Starsky & Hutch Todd Phillips
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Rawson Marshall Thurber
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Liam Lynch
2007 Blades of Glory Will Speck
Josh Gordon
2008 The Ruins Carter Smith
Tropic Thunder Ben Stiller
2009 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story Gregory V. Sherman
Jeffrey C. Sherman
2010 Submarine Richard Ayoade
Megamind Tom McGrath
2011 30 Minutes or Less Ruben Fleischer
The Big Year David Frankel
2012 Vamps Amy Heckerling
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller
2016 Zoolander 2
Why Him? John Hamburg
2017 The Polka King


Year Series
1999 Heat Vision and Jack
2013–2014 The Birthday Boys
2014–present The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
2015 Big Time in Hollywood, FL
2015 Another Period

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  1. ^ . July 31, 2009  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Silverstein, Adam (April 19, 2009). "Stiller: 'J.J. Abrams did great job'". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (October 20, 2010). "Zoolander Is Bringing His Fashion Sense to the Web". New York Times Arts Beat. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "THE 14th CRITICS' CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINEES". Broadcast Film Critics Association. January 8, 2009. Archived from the original on November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
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  7. ^ Graser, Marc (October 20, 2010). "Red Hour inks Paramount digital pact". VARIETY. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ Spiers, Katherine (October 20, 2010). "Paramount Digital, Ben Stiller's Red Hour Sign First-Look Deal". The Wrap. Retrieved October 20, 2010.