Spyglass Entertainment

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Spyglass Entertainment
Industry Film
Predecessor Caravan Pictures
Founded 1998
Founder Gary Barber
Roger Birnbaum
Defunct 2012
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people
Jeffrey Chernov
Jonathan Glickman
Products Motion pictures
Parent Cerberus Capital Management
Divisions Spyglass Home Entertainment
Spyglass Television
Website www.spyglassentertainment.com

Spyglass Entertainment is a currently inactive American film production and international sales company founded by Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum in 1998. It is owned by Cerberus Capital Management. Barber and Birnbaum serve as co-CEOs, while Jonathan Glickman serves as the current President of Production. Jeffrey Chernov was once a production executive.


In August 1998, Gary Barber, former vice chairman and COO of Morgan Creek Productions, and Roger Birnbaum, co-founder and former head of Caravan Pictures, founded Spyglass Entertainment. The startup company signed a five-year distribution agreement with Disney, which took an equity stake. Birnbaum previously left Caravan at the prompting of then-Disney studio chief Joe Roth; with Disney cutting its yearly production output, Roth recommended forming a self-financing production firm similar to New Regency Productions. After Caravan's remaining three films were released, it went inactive. (Its slate of movie projects and an initial financial advance of $10 million to $20 million against future overages were also contributed by Disney.)[1] Spyglass's operations were formed and based at the Walt Disney Studios. In October 1998, European media conglomerates Kirch Group and Mediaset invested in theatrical, video and television distribution rights to between 15 and 25 films in Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and the former Soviet Union for over five years.[2] By May 2000, Disney took a 10% equity stake in Spyglass, along with Svensk Film Industri of Scandinavia and Lusomundo of Portugal.[3][4]

In 2002, Spyglass considered a merger with Intermedia, but the deal was never carried out.[5] With the expiration of the Disney distribution deal in October, Spyglass signed a five-year distribution deal with DreamWorks while Disney retained its stake.[4] In April 2008, at MIP TV, Spyglass and Canal Plus agreed to a multi-window TV deal for its movies, lasting until 2009.[6] By 2010, Spyglass moved to Westwood, Los Angeles and Cerberus Capital Management purchased the company.[5]

On December 20, 2010, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum became co-chairmen and co-CEOs of the holding company of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which had recently at that time emerged from bankruptcy.[7][8][9][10] Since then, Spyglass' operation has been scaled back, though Barber and Birnbaum will continue to operate it through the handling of its library.[11]

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  1. ^ Eller, Clauida (August 21, 1998). Spyglass Offers Disney Lower-Risk Deals. Los Angeles Times. Accessed on March 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Mattzer, Marla (October 29, 1998). "European Firms to Invest in Spyglass". Los Angeles Times. p. C4.  (Alternate link.)
  3. ^ Eller, Claudia (May 23, 2000). "Spyglass Hopes for More Good 'Sense' in Future Projects". Los Angeles Times. p. C1. Retrieved May 12, 2010.  (Alternate link.)
  4. ^ a b Eller, Claudia (December 10, 2002). "Spyglass Signs Deal With DreamWorks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b DiOrio, Carl (August 12, 2010). "Why MGM is choosing Spyglass over others". the Hollywood Reporter. AP. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Canal Plus puts its eye to Spyglass fare". Variety. April 12, 2005. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "MGM 2010 Restructing" (PDF). Wall Street Journal. Retrieved Jan 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ "MGM restructuring becomes official, Studio completes restructuring with $500 million in financing". variety.com. Retrieved Jan 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "MGM 2010 Restructing". globaltimes.cn. Retrieved Jan 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ "MGM Restructuring Plan Becomes Effective". prnewswire.com. Retrieved Jan 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ Finke, Nikki. "MGM’s Roger Birnbaum Steps Down To Return To Producing; Gary Barber Now Revived Studio’s Sole Chairman & CEO." Deadline Hollywood (October 2, 2012).
  12. ^ "Leap Year (2010)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  13. ^ Rechtshaffen, Michael (October 14, 2010). "Get Him to the Greek -- Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Dinner for Schmucks (2010)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  15. ^ McCarthy, Todd (December 8, 2010). "Todd McCarthy's Review of 'The Tourist' With Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  16. ^ McCarthy, Todd (January 16, 2011). "Film Review: 'No Strings Attached' Is Cutesy, Nowhere Near Hot Enough". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Footloose (2011)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  18. ^ "The Vow (2012)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 

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