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Troublemaker Studios

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Troublemaker Studios
Company typeProduction company
PredecessorLos Hooligans Productions (1991-2000)
Founded1991; 33 years ago (1991) (as Los Hooligans Productions)
FoundersRobert Rodriguez
Elizabeth Avellán
United States
OwnerRobert Rodriguez
Elizabeth Avellán
DivisionsTroublemaker Digital Studios
Troublemaker Sound
SubsidiariesEl Chingon Inc.
El Chingon Productions, LP
El Chingon Investments, LP
El Rey Productions
Fifth Brain Inc.
Quick Draw Productions
Quick Draw Animation
Quick Draw Holdings
Rocket Racing Rebels Record Co.
Rodriguez International Pictures
Double R Productions

Troublemaker Studios is an American production company founded and owned by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and producer Elizabeth Avellán.[1]

The company is based in Austin, Texas and is at the former site of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. It shares space with Austin Studios, which is managed by the Austin Film Society, and houses production offices, sound stages and the largest green screen in Texas.


The company was founded in 1991 as Los Hooligans Productions, taking its name from Rodriguez's own comic strip, Los Hooligans, which he wrote and illustrated for three years while attending the University of Texas at Austin. Rodriguez chose the name so fans of the strip would recognize it when they saw his films.[citation needed] Since the 1990s, the studio has partnered with distributor Dimension Films on numerous projects; including the From Dusk till Dawn films and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the third film in the Mexico Trilogy.[2]

The company was reincorporated as Troublemaker Studios in 2000.[citation needed] 2001's Spy Kids, a family-oriented film, was considered the studio's first breakthrough hit. It has since spawned a long-running media franchise, including sequels and an animated series.[3]

On August 12, 2021, the company had signed a deal with HBO and its HBO Max streaming service.[4]


The Troublemaker Studios logo (featuring Pepino) before it was rebranded in 2020 (used in 2000-2019). Later it was brought back in 2023.

As Los Hooligans Productions(1991-2000):

As Troublemaker Studios (2000–Present):

Divisions and Subsidiaries[edit]

The company's visual effects division, Troublemaker Digital Studios, is used to use six-core AMD Opteron processors and FirePro graphics accelerators on many of its productions.[citation needed] Troublemaker Sound, located in the hill country outside Austin, provides post-production sound and editing facilities; including a mixing and dubbing sound stage powered by a large Pro Tools installation, and a full Avid Unity-based editing system.[citation needed]

Rodriguez International Pictures[edit]

Rodriguez International Pictures logo

In the beginning of 2005, Rodriguez launched Rodriguez International Pictures (R.I.P), a film and television production company that mainly focuses on the horror genre.[citation needed] Its name is an homage to the low-budget production company American International Pictures.[citation needed]


Quick Draw Productions[edit]

Quick Draw Productions logo

In 2010, Rodriguez launched Quick Draw Productions, a production and financing company that would allow him greater freedom to develop and produce film and television projects.[citation needed] Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic are his partners in the venture. In 2012, an animation division, Quick Draw Animation, was launched. Both companies are based at Troublemaker Studios.[citation needed]


  • Two Scoops (2013) (short film) (in association with BlackBerry)
  • Machete Kills (October 11, 2013) (co-production with A.R. Films, Aldamisa Entertainment, Demarest Films, Overnight Productions and 1821 Pictures; distributed by Open Road Films)[14]

Double R Productions[edit]

In 2020, Rodriguez launched Double R Productions, a film company that co creates the 3 different films for other companies.[citation needed] Filmography:

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ 'Secuestro Express': Jonathan Jakubowicz and Elizabeth Avellán on Venezuela's surprise hit
  2. ^ Roman, Monica (1997-01-09). "Arthouse, haunted house buoy Miramax". Variety. Retrieved 2021-12-08.
  3. ^ Bing, Jonathan; Lyons, Charles (2000-10-09). "Dimension prexy ankles". Variety. Retrieved 2021-12-08.
  4. ^ Nakamura, Reid (2021-08-12). "Robert Rodriguez Signs First-Look Deal With HBO, HBO Max". TheWrap. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  5. ^ Lawson, Terry (May 27, 1999). "Small-screen Success Stories". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "Cinematheque bows 'Dusk 3' for Halloween". Variety. October 19, 1999. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  7. ^ Savlov, Marc (August 9, 2002). "Gadgets and Gizmos". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved September 13, 2008.
  8. ^ "AICN Exclusive: Nimród Antal is directing PREDATORS". Aintitcool.com. July 1, 2009. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "Job Hotline – Crew & Industry Calls – Alita: Battle Angel". Texas Film Commission. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Austin filming locations for Alita: Battle Angel". kftv.com. February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Kohn, Eric (March 7, 2019). "Robert Rodriguez on Advice From James Cameron and How 'Alita: Battle Angel' Brought Him Back to His Roots". IndieWire. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  12. ^ Khatchatourian, Maane (March 28, 2017). "Robert Rodriguez to Direct 'Ugly Dolls' Animated Film for STX". Variety. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Production Weekly – Issue 1300 – Thursday, May 26, 2022 / 17 Listings – 38 Pages". Production Weekly. May 25, 2022. Archived from the original on June 7, 2022. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  14. ^ "'Machete Kills' Will Slice Into Theaters on September 13". ComingSoon.net. January 15, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  15. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (August 21, 2019). "Priyanka Chopra Jonas To Star In Netflix Superhero Movie From 'Alita: Battle Angel' Director Robert Rodriguez". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2020.

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