Renaissance Pictures

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Renaissance Pictures
Founded1979; 42 years ago (1979) (New York City, USA)
FoundersSam Raimi
Robert Tapert
Bruce Campbell
Key people
Irvin Shapiro

Renaissance Pictures is an American film production and television company. It was founded by director Sam Raimi, producer Robert Tapert and actor Bruce Campbell, with help from publicist Irvin Shapiro, on August 10, 1979, to produce their film The Evil Dead, along with its sequels Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness.



Year Title Director Co-production company(s) Distributor(s) Notes
1981 The Evil Dead Sam Raimi New Line Cinema First installment in the Evil Dead franchise.
1985 Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except Josh Becker Action Pictures Film World Distributors
1986 Crimewave Sam Raimi Embassy Pictures Sony Pictures Releasing
1987 Evil Dead II De Laurentiis Entertainment Group Second installment in the Evil Dead franchise.
1990 Darkman Universal Pictures
1991 Lunatics: A Love Story Josh Becker SVS/Triumph Home Video
1992 Army of Darkness Sam Raimi Dino De Laurentiis Communications, Introvision International Universal Pictures Third installment in the Evil Dead franchise.
1993 Hard Target John Woo Alphaville Films Universal Pictures
1994 Darkman II: The Return of Durant Bradford May MCA Universal Home Video Direct-to-video
Hercules and the Amazon Women Bill L. Norton NBCUniversal Television Distribution 1st TV movie of ''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys''.
Hercules and the Lost Kingdom Harley Cokeliss 2nd TV movie of ''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys''
Timecop Peter Hyams Largo Entertainment, Signature Pictures, Dark Horse Entertainment Universal Pictures
Hercules and the Circle of Fire Doug Lefler NBCUniversal Television Distribution 3rd TV movie of ''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys''
Hercules in the Underworld Bill L. Norton 4th TV movie of ''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys''.
Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur Josh Becker 5th TV movie of ''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys''.
1996 Darkman III: Die Darkman Die Bradford May MCA Universal Home Video
1998 Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus Lynne Naylor Universal Cartoon Studios Direct-to-video

Television Series[edit]

Year Title Co-production company(s) Distributor(s) Network
1994–1995 M.A.N.T.I.S. Wilbur Force Productions, Universal Television NBCUniversal Television Distribution Fox
1995–1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Universal Television Syndication
1995–2001 Xena: Warrior Princess
1995-1996 American Gothic CBS
1997 Spy Game McNamara Paper Products, Inc., Warner Bros. Television, Universal Television ABC
1998–1999 Young Hercules Fox Kids
2000 Jack of All Trades Syndication
2000–2001 Cleopatra 2525
2008–2010 Legend of the Seeker Paperboy Productions, ABC Studios Disney–ABC Domestic Television
2015–2018 Ash vs Evil Dead Starz Originals Lionsgate Television Starz


  • Warren, Bill. The Evil Dead Companion, ISBN 0-312-27501-3.
  • Renaissance Pictures at IMDb