Roadshow Entertainment

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Roadshow Entertainment
IndustryFilm distribution
Founded1982; 36 years ago (1982)
HeadquartersSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Area served
New Zealand
ProductsHome video
OwnerVillage Roadshow
DivisionsRoadshow Films

Roadshow Entertainment (formerly Roadshow Home Video) is a division of the Australian media company Village Roadshow (formerly Roadshow Home Video and Roadshow Entertainment). Notable releases include First Blood, Mad Max, Gallipoli, and The Terminator. Their first release was Scanners. Like Rigby-CIC Video (defunct), RCA/Columbia Pictures/Hoyts Video and CEL Home Video (half of population replaced), Roadshow Entertainment is an independent video distributor in Australia and New Zealand.


In 1982, Village Roadshow Entertainment was founded as Roadshow Home Video.

1983: Palace Films was started as a home video distributor between Roadshow, Blake Films and private investor Antony Veccola.

In 1985, Roadshow Home Video became Village Roadshow Home Video and Premiere Home Entertainment was established. Veccola bought out the other company's stock of Palace and it ventured out into the film distribution business and opened a small number of art-house cinemas around Australia's main cities and became an independent company. Its home video release were still handled by Village Roadshow until the late 1990s.

1990: Applause Home Video was established as a Village Roadshow label.

1993: Village Roadshow Home Video becomes Village Roadshow Entertainment

Late 1990s: Palace home video distribution with Roadshow has been expired.

In 1998, Roadshow started releasing DVDs.

Roadshow and Village Roadshow subsidiaries and divisions[edit]

  • Premiere Home Entertainment (1985–199?) – (a division of Village Roadshow)
  • Festival Video (1983–1990s) – (a division of Festival Mushroom Records and Warner Bros.)
  • Mushroom Video (1983–1990s) – (a division of Festival Mushroom Records and Warner Bros.)
  • Applause Home Video (c. 1990 - 199?) - (a division of Village Roadshow)
  • Reel Corporation (2000s-) - (a division of Village Roadshow)
  • Hopscotch Films (2005-2011) - (distributed by Village Roadshow)
  • Palace Home Video/Entertainment/Films (1983–1990s) - (subsidiary of Roadshow/Village Roadshow)
  • Roadshow-Lorimar Home Video (1985–early 1990s) – (a division for distributing Lorimar releases)

Labels distributed, duplicated and re-supplied[edit]

Roadshow Entertainment has its own label named Roadshow Films, which is in turn the theatrical distribution unit of Village Roadshow. On December 16, 2014, Roadshow Films acquired a 33% stake in American film production and international sales company FilmNation Entertainment.[1] However, as of 2017, Roadshow Films' stake has since reduced to 31%.

International distributors[edit]

Roadshow Entertainment has only one international distributor.

  • Well Go USA Entertainment (United States)


  1. ^ "Roadshow Entertainment Nabs Stake In FilmNation Entertainment". Variety.

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