The Ladd Company
|Founder||Alan Ladd, Jr., Jay Kanter, and Gareth Wigan|
The Ladd Company was an American film production company founded by Alan Ladd, Jr., Jay Kanter, and Gareth Wigan in 1979.
In 1979, the three founders were executives with 20th Century Fox — Ladd was the president — when they announced their intention to leave the company when their contracts expired in December 1980 and form a new production company to be financed by Warner Bros. (Ladd had reportedly been quarreling with other Fox senior executives.) Fox subsequently cut their contracts short, ending on October 1, 1979. The day after the contracts expired, the trio placed ads for the newly named "Ladd Company" in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
Under Warner Bros., The Ladd Company distributed Chariots of Fire, which won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Picture. Among the films it produced were the Space Race epic The Right Stuff, the space western Outland, Ridley Scott's science-fiction film Blade Runner, neo-noir film Body Heat, and the first two Police Academy movies.
Police Academy proved very profitable. But the returns from the company's successes did not outweigh the box-office failures of The Right Stuff, the edited version of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America and the animated Twice Upon a Time (co-produced with Lucasfilm). On April 18, 1984, Alan Ladd, Jr. and Warner Bros. parted ways, even though the former still had three years left on the studio's contract. From that point on, "the Ladd Company [would] become a non-exclusive production organization."
List of Ladd Company Films
|Divine Madness!||1980||Warner Bros.|
|Body Heat||1981||Warner Bros.|
|Chariots of Fire||1981||Warner Bros. (Domestic) / 20th Century Fox (International)||Domestic distribution in association with Warner Bros. only|
|Blade Runner||1982||Warner Bros.||Was released in three different versions, in 1982, 1992, and 2007|
co-production with Jerry Perenchio, Sir Run Run Shaw, and Bud Yorkin
|Night Shift||1982||Warner Bros.|
|Love Child||1982||Warner Bros.|
|Five Days One Summer||1982||Warner Bros.|
|Twice Upon a Time||1983||Warner Bros.|
|The Right Stuff||1983||Warner Bros.||Limited release in October 1983, wide release in 1984; Unexpected box office failure, considered one of the causes of the company's demise at Warner Bros.|
|Star 80||1983||Warner Bros.|
|Mike's Murder||1984||Warner Bros.|
|Police Academy||1984||Warner Bros.|
|Purple Hearts||1984||Warner Bros.|
|Once Upon a Time in America||1984||Warner Bros.|
|Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment||1985||Warner Bros.||First Ladd Company film not to have the company's logo screen at the beginning of the film, has caption that reads "The Ladd Company Presents" at the beginning of the opening credits instead.|
|Doin' Time||1985||Warner Bros.||Final Ladd Company picture released by Warner Bros.|
|Braveheart||1995||Paramount Pictures (Domestic) / 20th Century Fox (International)||co-production with Icon Productions|
|The Phantom||1996||Paramount Pictures||co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures|
|A Very Brady Sequel||1996||Paramount Pictures|
|An Unfinished Life||2005||Miramax Films||co-production with Revolution Studios|
|Gone Baby Gone||2007||Miramax Films|