Gracie Films

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Gracie Films
Type Private
Industry Film and television animation production
Predecessor John Charles Walters Company
Founded1986;36 years ago (1986)
Founder James L. Brooks
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
Richard Sakai (President) [1]

Gracie Films is an American film and television production company founded by James L. Brooks in 1986. The company is primarily responsible for producing its long-running flagship animated series The Simpsons , as well as the films Big , Broadcast News , and Jerry Maguire .

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Overview

James L. Brooks, who had previously founded John Charles Walters Company, founded Gracie Films at 20th Century Fox in 1986, with Polly Platt as executive vice president. Named for comedian Gracie Allen, the company was established to "provide real writers with a vehicle to get their movies made". [2] Its primary distributor is currently Sony Pictures Entertainment, though it continues to produce The Simpsons at Fox's studio in Century City, Los Angeles.

According to Simpsons Confidential, Brooks gave The Simpsons' writing staff free rein, as he firmly believed they were the most important part of the process, [3] and "in the legal battles over The Simpsons, it was Fox that was being sued, not Gracie Films". [4] The company also coordinates international distribution and dubbing for The Simpsons, [5] "in Italy, in particular... [finding] voices for dubbing that would match those of the original American actors as closely as possible." [6]

Gracie Films' production logo depicts noisy patrons in a movie theater (which were the voices of then-CEO of Fox Garth Ancier and music composer Jeffrey Townsend double-tracked to sound like there were more people) being shushed by a woman in the back row (with the shush sound being done by Tracey Ullman) before the company's name appears on the screen. Audio variations exist on The Simpsons, often with dialogue from the episode or characters such as Homer responding to the shush. The most common audio variation is on the Treehouse of Horror episodes excluding Treehouse of Horror (The Simpsons episode) which used the original logo audio and Treehouse of Horror II and Treehouse of Horror III which has the organ theme only, where the shushing sound was replaced by a woman screaming and the logo's music is played in a minor key on a synth-emulated pipe organ. Originally, the Roland D-50 PN-D50-00 Pipe Organ preset was used for that particular variant. The music was composed by Jeffrey Townsend and Alf Clausen on a tiny KORG synth rack using a custom programmed preset. Gracie Films’ main production office is at the Sidney Poitier building on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California. In 1989, Gracie Films had struck a deal with ABC. [7]

Filmography

Television

Years activeTitleCreator(s)Co-production company(s)Distributor(s)
1987–1990 The Tracey Ullman Show James L. Brooks
Jerry Belson
Ken Estin
Heide Perlman
Klasky Csupo 20th Television
1989–present The Simpsons Matt Groening Klasky Csupo / Film Roman / 20th Television Animation [8]
1991–1992 Sibs Heide Perlman Columbia Pictures Television Sony Pictures Television
1993–1994 Phenom Sam Simon
Dick Blasucci
Marc Flanagan
Columbia Pictures Television / ELP Communications
1994–1995
2000–01 (revival)
The Critic Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Columbia Pictures Television
2001 What About Joan? Ed. Weinberger Columbia TriStar Television
2014"The Simpsons Guy" Seth MacFarlane Fuzzy Door Productions 20th Television

Films

YearTitleDirectorCo-production company(s)Distributor(s)Box officeRef.
1987 Broadcast News James L. Brooks 20th Century Fox $67.3 million [9]
1988 Big Penny Marshall $151.7 million [10]
1989 Say Anything... Cameron Crowe $21.5 million [11]
The War of the Roses Danny DeVito $160.2 million [12]
1994 I'll Do Anything James L. Brooks Columbia Pictures Sony Pictures Releasing $10 million [13]
1996 Bottle Rocket Wes Anderson $560,069 [14]
Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe TriStar Pictures / Vinyl Films $273.6 million [15]
1997 As Good as It Gets James L. BrooksTriStar Pictures$314.1 million [16]
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Penny MarshallColumbia Pictures$35.7 million [17]
2004 Spanglish James L. Brooks$55 million [18]
2007 The Simpsons Movie David Silverman 20th Century Fox / 20th Century Fox Animation / Film Roman / Rough Draft Feature Animation / Rough Draft Korea / AKOM 20th Century Fox$536.4 million [19]
2010 How Do You Know James L. BrooksColumbia PicturesSony Pictures Releasing$48.7 million [20]
2016 The Edge of Seventeen Kelly Fremon Craig H. Brothers / Tang Media Productions / Virgin Produced STX Entertainment $18.8 million [21]
2018Icebox [22] Daniel SawkaEndeavor Content / HBO Films HBO TBA
2023 Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Kelly Fremon Craig Lionsgate TBA
TBA Untitled The Simpsons Movie sequel TBA 20th Century Studios / 20th Century Animation Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures TBA

Theme park

YearTitleDirectorCo-production company(s)Distributor(s)Notes
2008 The Simpsons Ride Mike B. Anderson
and John Rice
20th Century Fox / Blur Studio / Film Roman / Reel FX Creative Studios Universal Creative Located in Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Shorts

YearTitleDirectorCo-production company(s)Distributor(s)Notes
2012 The Longest Daycare David Silverman 20th Century Fox Animation / AKOM / Film Roman 20th Century Fox Shown with Ice Age: Continental Drift .
2020 Playdate with Destiny 20th Century Studios / 20th Century Animation / AKOM20th Century StudiosShown with Onward .
2021 The Force Awakens from Its Nap 20th Television Disney+ Exclusive Disney+ short film.
The Good, the Bart, and the Loki 20th Television Animation / AKOM
Plusaversary
2022 When Billie Met Lisa 20th Television Animation
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