StudioCanal

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Studio Canal
Division
Industry
Founded 1988 (as CANAL+ Production)
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people
Ross Coleman (CEO)
Owner Canal+ Group
(Vivendi)
Website www.studiocanal.com

StudioCanal (formerly known as Le Studio Canal+, Canal Plus, Canal+ Distribution, Canal+ Production, and Canal+ Image) is a French production (as StudioCanal S.A.) and distribution (as StudioCanal Images S.A.) company that owns the third-largest film library in the world. The company is a unit of the Canal+ Group, owned by Vivendi.

Background[edit]

The company was founded in 1988 by Pierre Lescure as a spin-off of the Canal+ pay-TV network. The original function was to focus on French and European productions, but later made strategic deals with American production companies. StudioCanal's most notable productions from its early years include Terminator 2: Judgment Day, JFK, Basic Instinct, Cliffhanger, Under Siege, Free Willy, and the original Stargate movie. In those days, it was known as Le Studio Canal+.

It has strong links to Universal Studios (Studiocanal and Universal Studios were owned by the same company between 2000 and 2004, hence StudioCanal co-produced a fair number of Universal's films).

Other films the company financed include U-571, Bully, and Bridget Jones's Diary. StudioCanal also funded the last third of David Lynch's film Mulholland Drive.[1] StudioCanal also financed French-language films, such as Brotherhood of the Wolf (which became the second-highest-grossing French-language film in the United States in the last two decades) and Intimate Strangers (which is being remade by Hollywood-based Paramount Pictures[2]).The biggest box office hits for StudioCanal have been Terminator 2: Judgment Day which grossed US$519 million, Basic Instinct which grossed US$352 million and The Tourist which grossed US$278 million worldwide.[3][4][5]

Film library[edit]

StudioCanal acquired film libraries from studios that either went defunct or had merged with it over the years. As a result, the company's library is the third-largest in the world, behind Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer respectively.

StudioCanal's library includes the film libraries of:

Distribution[edit]

Acquisitions[edit]

StudioCanal acquired British-Irish distributor Optimum Releasing in 2006 as their first expansion into an international market.[16] 2 years later, their second expansion into an international market took place with StudioCanal's acquisition of German distributor Kinowelt who had distributed their films up to that point.[17] Both companies have since then been renamed StudioCanal.[18] StudioCanal's acquisition of Australian-New Zealand distributor Hoyts Distribution took place in 2012-and was StudioCanal's third expansion into an international market.[19]

Distributors[edit]

Outside France, the United Kingdom, Ireland and German-speaking countries, StudioCanal does not have a formal distribution unit per se, instead relying on other distribution studios and home video distributors to handle their titles, in North America for example, The Criterion Collection, Rialto Pictures, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Image Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Universal Pictures, distribute StudioCanal's back catalogue on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (in addition, Anchor Bay Entertainment used to previously handle several of their titles). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment handles distribution of StudioCanal/Hoyts Distribution films in Australia and New Zealand on DVD and Blu-ray.

StudioCanal also handles home video distribution of 550 titles from the Miramax library internationally (Lionsgate handles American distribution and Entertainment One handles Canadian distribution) since February 2011.[20][21]

Selected filmography[edit]

1990s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
JFK December 20, 1991 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
The Mambo Kings February 28, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Memoirs of an Invisible Man February 28, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
The Power of One March 27, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
The Vagrant May 15, 1992 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Bitter Moon September 23, 1992 Distributed by New Line Cinema
Under Siege October 9, 1992 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Damage December 9, 1992 Distributed by New Line Cinema
Arizona Dream January 6, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Sommersby February 5, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Falling Down February 26, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Made in America May 28, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Free Willy July 16, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
That Night August 27, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Heaven & Earth December 25, 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Stargate October 28, 1994 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Murder in the First January 20, 1995 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home July 19, 1995 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Carrington September 22, 1995 Distributed by Gramercy Pictures
Leaving Las Vegas October 27, 1995 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Cutthroat Island December 22, 1995 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Free Willy 3: The Rescue August 8, 1997 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Kundun December 25, 1997 Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
The Idiots May 20, 1998 Distributed by USA Films
Elizabeth September 8, 1998 Distributed by Gramercy Pictures
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Ghost Dog May 18, 1999 Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
The Straight Story May 21, 1999 Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Notting Hill May 28, 1999 Distributed by Universal Pictures
The Ninth Gate August 25, 1999 Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Season's Beatings November 24, 1999

2000s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Bruiser February 13, 2000
U-571 April 21, 2000 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Cecil B. Demented August 11, 2000 Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
The Man Who Cried September 2, 2000 Distributed by Universal Pictures
The Weight of Water September 9, 2000 Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Billy Elliot September 28, 2000 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Lucky Numbers October 27, 2000 Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Murderous Maids November 22, 2000
O Brother, Where Art Thou? December 22, 2000 Distributed by Universal Pictures (International) and Touchstone Pictures (US)
Harrison's Flowers January 24, 2001 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Brotherhood of the Wolf January 31, 2001 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Bridget Jones's Diary April 4, 2001 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Mullholland Drive May 16, 2001 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Human Nature May 18, 2001 Distributed by New Line Cinema
Bully June 15, 2001 Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Brooklyn Babylon August 17, 2001 Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Captain Corelli's Mandolin August 17, 2001 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Sex and Lucia August 24, 2001 Distributed by Palm Pictures
Chasing Sleep September 16, 2001
Chaos October 3, 2001
Long Time Dead January 18, 2002 Distributed by Focus Features
40 Days and 40 Nights March 1, 2002 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Ali G Indahouse March 22, 2002 Distributed by Universal Pictures
About a Boy April 26, 2002 Distributed by Universal Pictures
All or Nothing May 17, 2002 Distributed by United Artists
Irréversible May 22, 2002 Distributed by Mars Film Distribution
The Pianist May 24, 2002 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
The Red Siren August 22, 2002 Distributed by Haut et Court
The Guru August 23, 2002 Distributed by Universal Pictures
My Little Eye September 10, 2002 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Ned Kelly March 27, 2003 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Johnny English April 11, 2003 Distributed by Universal Pictures
The Shape of Things May 9, 2003 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Dogville May 19, 2003 Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Love Actually November 7, 2003 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Shaun of the Dead March 9, 2004 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Clean March 27, 2004 Distributed by Palm Pictures
The Calcium Kid April 30, 2004 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Riding Giants July 21, 2004 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Thunderbirds July 23, 2004 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Intimate Strangers July 30, 2004 Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Wimbledon September 17, 2004 Distributed by Universal
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason November 8, 2004 Distributed by Universal Pictures
The Interpreter April 8, 2005 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Pride and Prejudice September 11, 2005 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Nanny McPhee October 21, 2005 Distributed by Universal Pictures
United 93 April 28, 2006 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure September 6, 2006 Distributed by HBO Video
Inland Empire September 6, 2006 Distributed by 518 Media
Sixty Six November 3, 2006 Distributed by First Independent Pictures
Smokin' Aces December 9, 2006 Distributed by Universal Pictures
The Good Shepherd December 22, 2006 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Son of Rambow January 22, 2007 Distributed by Paramount Vantage
Hot Fuzz February 14, 2007 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Gone March 9, 2007 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Mr. Bean's Holiday March 24, 2007 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Atonement August 29, 2007 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Sa majesté Minor October 10, 2007
Elizabeth: The Golden Age October 12, 2007 Distributed by Universal
Definitely, Maybe February 14, 2008 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Wild Child August 15, 2008 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Burn After Reading August 27, 2008 Distributed by Universal Pictures
RocknRolla September 5, 2008 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Frost/Nixon October 15, 2008 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
The Boat That Rocked April 1, 2009 Distributed by Universal Pictures
State of Play April 17, 2009 Distributed by Universal Pictures
The Soloist April 24, 2009 Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Chloe September 13, 2009 Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
One for the Road September 23, 2009 Distributed by Wild Bunch
Universal Soldier: Regeneration October 1, 2009
A Serious Man October 2, 2009 Distributed by Focus Features
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture

2010s[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Green Zone February 26, 2010 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang March 26, 2010 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Babies May 17, 2010 Distributed by Universal Pictures
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures August 4, 2010
The Last Exorcism August 27, 2010 Distributed by Lionsgate Films
Senna October 7, 2010 Distributed by Universal
The Tourist December 10, 2010 Distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment
Tyrannosaur January 21, 2011 Distributed by Strand Releasing
Unknown February 18, 2011 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Attack the Block March 12, 2011 Distributed by Screen Gems
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy September 5, 2011 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Johnny English Reborn October 7, 2011 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Contraband January 13, 2012 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Big Miracle February 3, 2012 Distributed by Universal Pictures
The Dinosaur Project August 10, 2012
A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise August 15, 2012
Anna Karenina September 7, 2012 Distributed by Focus Features
The Place Beyond the Pines September 7, 2012 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Flight October 14, 2012 Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning October 25, 2012 Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
The Way, Way Back January 21, 2013 Distributed by 20th Century Fox
I Give It a Year February 8, 2013 Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
The Last Exorcism Part II February 28, 2013 Distributed by CBS Films
Evil Dead March 8, 2013 Distributed by TriStar Pictures
The Bling Ring May 15, 2013 Distributed by A24 Films
Young & Beautiful May 16, 2013
Inside Llewyn Davis May 19, 2013 Distributed by CBS Films
The World's End July 10, 2013 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa August 7, 2013 Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Rush September 13, 2013 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Mindscape October 13, 2013 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Chinese Puzzle October 16, 2013 Distributed by Universal Pictures
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared December 25, 2013 Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
RoboCop January 30, 2014
'71 February 7, 2014
Non-Stop February 28, 2014 Distributed by Universal
The Two Faces of January April 16, 2014 Distributed by Universal Pictures
Elle l'adore June 18, 2014
The House of Magic July 25, 2014
Before I Go to Sleep September 4, 2014 Distributed by 20th Century Fox
The Imitation Game November 21, 2014 Distributed by the Weinstein Company
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
Paddington December 12, 2014 Distributed by the Weinstein Company
Shaun the Sheep Movie February 6, 2015 Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Production company Aardman Animations
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
The Gunman March 20, 2015 Distributed by Open Road Films
Carol May 17, 2015 (Cannes) Distributed by StudioCanal and The Weinstein Company.
Production companies Number 9 Films · Killer Films · Film4 Productions
Man Up May 29, 2015
We Are Your Friends August 28, 2015 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Legend September 9, 2015 Distributed by Universal Studios
Blinky Bill the Movie September 17, 2015 Distributed by Shout! Factory
Production company Flying Bark Productions
Macbeth October 2, 2015 Distributed by The Weinstein Company
The Program October 16, 2015 Distributed by Momentum Pictures
Youth January 29, 2016 Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
A Bigger Splash February 12, 2016 Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Bastille Day April 22, 2016 Distributed by Focus Features
Knight of Cups May 6, 2016 Distributed by Broad Green Pictures
Ashley 2015
Swallows and Amazons August 19, 2016
Untitled Donald Crowhurst film 2016
Early Man July 13, 2018 Distributed by Focus Features Production company Aardman Animations
Untitled Shaun the Sheep Sequel TBA TBA
Production company Aardman Animations

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