Revolution Studios

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Revolution Studios
Industry Film
Fate Dissolved
Founded 2000 (film studio)
2001 (television studio)
Defunct 2007 (film studio)
2014 (television studio)
Headquarters USA
Key people
Joe Roth
Products Motion pictures
Television series
Parent Fortress Investment Group

Revolution Studios was an American motion picture studio founded in 2000 by Joe Roth, a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox. Revolution was formerly a strategic partner of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which distributed and marketed Revolution's films. The company's film division shut down in October 2007, coinciding with the end of the six-year deal with Sony.[1] Revolution Studios' first film was Tomcats and the last film was The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

Revolution currently produces a sitcom based on its film Are We There Yet? for TBS[2] and a sitcom adaptation of Anger Management for FX.[3]

Roth owned the controlling interest in Revolution. Other shareholders included Hollywood executives Todd Garner, Rob Moore, Tom Sherak and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, as well as Sony Pictures, Starz Entertainment (which owns pay cable rights to its films), and 20th Century Fox. In June 2014, Roth announced that he had sold Revolution Studios to Fortress Investment Group for roughly $250 million.[4]

In October 2014, Revolution Studios acquired the foreign rights and copyrights to the Morgan Creek Productions library.[5] In 2015, Revolution acquired Cross Creek Pictures' 50% interests in Black Swan and The Ides of March.[6] That year, Revolution began a partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to produce "non-feature" productions based on the former's properties.[7] This deal does not, however, include Morgan Creek's library.[8]

Corporate partnerships[edit]

Revolution Studios had strategic partnerships with Sony Pictures, Fox Entertainment Group (FEG) and Starz Entertainment. Sony released Revolution's output into movie theaters domestically and internationally and facilitates distribution (via Sony/Columbia Pictures) for Revolution content to DVD/home video.

Starz Entertainment has the rights to Revolution's library for their pay-television channels (Starz and Encore) through Sony Pictures Television (SPT). FEG retains the broadcast television rights (Revolution content airs on the Fox Broadcasting Company) and basic cable rights (FX Networks) through SPT and Debmar-Mercury (broadcast syndication of Revolution Studios films will go through Debmar-Mercury and 20th Television).

In October 2014, Revolution Studios forged a global licensing pact with Miramax, wherein the latter company would sell the worldwide TV and digital distribution rights to the former's library. Miramax has been handling US sales of the Revolution library since June 2012.[9]


Here is a list of films independently produced by Revolution:

Release Date Title Notes
March 30, 2001 Tomcats co-production with Eagle Cove Entertainment
June 1, 2001 The Animal co-production with Happy Madison Productions
July 20, 2001 America's Sweethearts
November 2, 2001 The One
December 28, 2001 Black Hawk Down co-production with Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Scott Free Productions
May 10, 2002 The New Guy
August 2, 2002 The Master of Disguise co-production with Happy Madison Productions
August 9, 2002 xXx co-production with Original Film
September 13, 2002 Stealing Harvard co-production with Imagine Entertainment
November 1, 2002 Punch-Drunk Love co-production with New Line Cinema
December 13, 2002 Maid in Manhattan co-production with Red OM Films
January 24, 2003 Darkness Falls
March 7, 2003 Tears of the Sun co-production with Cheyenne Enterprises
April 11, 2003 Anger Management co-production with Happy Madison Productions
May 10, 2003 Daddy Day Care co-production with Davis Entertainment
June 13, 2003 Hollywood Homicide
August 1, 2003 Gigli co-production with City Light Films and Casey Silver Productions
October 24, 2003 Radio co-production with Tollin/Robbins Productions
November 26, 2003 The Missing co-production with Imagine Entertainment
December 19, 2003 Mona Lisa Smile co-production with Red OM Films
December 25, 2003 Peter Pan co-production with Universal Pictures (USA) and Columbia Pictures (International)
April 2, 2004 Hellboy co-production with Lawrence Gordon Productions and Dark Horse Entertainment
April 23, 2004 13 Going on 30
June 23, 2004 White Chicks co-production with Wayans Bros. Entertainment
August 6, 2004 Little Black Book
September 24, 2004 The Forgotten co-production with The Jinks Cohen Company
November 24, 2004 Christmas with the Kranks co-production with 1492 Pictures, Team Todd Films and Boxing Cat Films
January 21, 2005 Are We There Yet? co-production with Cube Vision
January 28, 2005 An Unfinished Life co-production Miramax Films and The Ladd Company
February 25, 2005 Man of the House
April 29, 2005 XXX: State of the Union co-production with Original Film
October 14, 2005 The Fog
October 21, 2005 The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio co-production with DreamWorks
November 23, 2005 Rent co-production with 1492 Pictures
February 17, 2006 Freedomland co-production with Scott Rudin Productions
April 7, 2006 The Benchwarmers co-production with Happy Madison Productions
June 23, 2006 Click co-production with Happy Madison Productions and Original Film
July 14, 2006 Little Man co-production with Wayans Bros. Entertainment
August 11, 2006 Zoom co-production with Team Todd Films and Boxing Cat Films
December 20, 2006 Rocky Balboa co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
April 6, 2007 Are We Done Yet? co-production with RKO Pictures and Cube Vision
April 13, 2007 Perfect Stranger
April 27, 2007 Next co-production with Saturn Films and Virtual Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures
August 8, 2007 Daddy Day Camp co-production with TriStar Pictures and Davis Entertainment
September 7, 2007 The Brothers Solomon co-production with TriStar Pictures
October 12, 2007 Across the Universe
December 25, 2007 The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep co-production with Walden Media, Beacon Pictures and Ecosse Pictures


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