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|Industry|| Film |
|Predecessor||Imagine Films Entertainment|
|Founder|| Brian Grazer |
|Headquarters||150 South El Camino Drive,|
|Brian Grazer (Chairman)|
Ron Howard (Chairman)
Michael Rosenberg (Co-Chairman)
|Products||Feature films, TV series|
Imagine Television Studios
Imagine Entertainment (formerly Imagine Films Entertainment and also known simply as Imagine) is an American film and television production company founded in November 1985 by director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer.
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard met in 1982 on Night Shift , with Howard directing and Grazer co-producing. They followed it up by working on 1984's Splash .
The company was originally founded in November 1985, following the success of the motion picture Splash . The company went public the following year. At first, the company set a deal with Tri-Star Pictures to produce feature films and television shows. Imagine granted Tri-Star the right of first refusal to syndicate their off-network shows produced by Imagine. Its offering was sold to Allen & Co. for 1,667,000 units for common stock and warrant it to purchase additional one-third of its stock. The net proceeds were used for development and production of theatrical films, television series, mini-series and made for television movies, although "the company does not presently intend to develop game shows or daytime soap operas." Imagine however has its prospectus having negotiations with Paramount Television for a commitment with ABC for a half-hour pilot and five episodes based on the comedy film Gung Ho .
Later the same year, Imagine had a five-year deal with Showtime/The Movie Channel, Inc. and it was able to develop projects for the channels Showtime and The Movie Channel. The agreement will kick-off with 1989 pay television availabilities and include pay-per view exhibition rights to all Imagine-produced films and about 30 motion pictures and "an unspecified number of original products" are also covered by the agreement. "Long-form dramas" or series may be developed as part of the original material to be developed and aired exclusively on Showtime, adding that it may also acquire the syndication rights to these films and original products.
On July 29, 1987, Tri-Star Pictures and Imagine Films Entertainment announced the termination of obligations by Imagine to offer Tri-Star distribution rights for all of its television programming and feature films. Imagine, which has received more than $1.7 million from Tri-Star, will make a $1.3 million payment to Tri-Star, the companies said and advances from Tri-Star will be eliminated. The companies said they "intend to work together on a project-by-project basis" and that projects already in development won't be affected. Imagine said the modified agreement "provides it with the flexibility to pursue certain financing and distribution opportunities which were not anticipated when the companies entered the original agreement."
On December 1, 1987, the company sealed a production and distribution deal with Universal Pictures via a "long-term multiple picture agreement" that they distributed Imagine's films for three to five films a year and the agreement "contemplates the possibility" that Universal acquired a 20% share in Imagineand it will conclude through November 1992 for financing 50% of 30 films. Imagine had an IPO in 1986 at $8 for a package of one share and one warrant. Shares rose to $19.25 before falling in the stock market crash in 1987 to $2.25. In the summer of next year, Imagine struck a deal with MCA TV to handle distribution of its television material. MCA and Imagine will have a joint television venture which MCA has the exclusive network and home video distribution rights. Imagine retains domestic distribution rights for now and is banking on those rights becoming more valuable in the future as its theatrical and television programs gain exposure. Imagine's television division will focus on half-hour comedies, whereas MCA will focus one-hour programs for the networks.
In the September of 1988, Robert Harris who was employee of MCA, and president of Universal Television Group joined the company as president of motion pictures and television. Harris said the studio is also taking original feature cable projects with Showtime, HBO, TNT, USA and MTV Network (which includes Nickelodeon and VH-1, in addition to projects with on-air networks)
On May 29, 1989, Imagine and Central Independent Television signed a deal to make TV movies for the worldwide business. The new joint venture will produce between four to six TV movies and mini-series a year. MCA who owns about 20% of Imagine and has worldwide distribution rights to its TV series as well as to its long-form programs on a project-by-project basis will also have first consideration on international distribution rights to the joint venture's programs. Imagine and Central retain rights in the U.S. and UK, respectively. [The Imagine-Central joint venture is separate from MCA's own ongoing exploration of a joint venture with a European company for Europe-based long-form co-production. The company is in discussions with two or three potential partners, but a deal is not expected soon.] Its projects must have U.S. and UK presales to go forward, although the venture will seek U.S. buyers going beyond the three big commercial networks to include Fox, as well as cable networks TNT, USA Network, Showtime and HBO. The deal also allows for theatrical distribution, although such co-productions are not in the planning now.
Imagine and Second City signed a joint venture deal in May 1989. In the September of 1989, Imagine is entering syndication production business and signed a long-term co-production deal with Second City Entertainment, for a late night talk/comedy strip that was distributed by MCA TV. It will use the ready talent pool of Second City comedians. The result is My Talk Show , which aired in the 1990-91 season.As HA!: The Comedy Network is ready to air in 1990, they stuck deals with Imagine Films Entertainment, for series featuring the Second City Repertory Company, as well as MTM Enterprises.
In 1991, Imagine Films Entertainment shut down its original Imagine Television division, and terminating its exclusive production partnership with MCA, Inc., and it will lay off 30 of its 80 employees of its company. It came when the series My Talk Show , and Paernthood flopped. Andrew Suskind, Joyce Brotman, Todd Bergesen, Richard Pierson, Judy Ranam and Lisa Bloom left the company.
By May 1992, 48% of the stock was public traded and worth $9.375. The duo agreed to a new six picture deal with Universal while concurrently offering $9 a share to buy the company's public outstanding share to start a new company with its assets. If not, they planned to leave the company at their contract expiration in November to start the new company anyway. Universal was providing the cash for a buyout of an equity stake in the new company.
In early 1997, Imagine Entertainment reopened its television division, signed a deal with Walt Disney Television for the development of TV series, which will expire at the end of 2000. It's movie contract remained with Universal. It boosts up their access to Disney's TV production slate. Imagine will be exclusive for development and production of TV projects, including half-hour comedy series, one-hour dramas, motion pictures for TV and miniseries.They hired Tony Krantz to be co-chairman of its television division, and it will share a stake in the television division with its founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, while overseeing the TV division's day-to-day operations.
In 2000, the partnership teamed up with 20th Century Fox for development of TV series, an agreement set to expire at the end of 2016.In 2011, the company had three weak box office performers with The Dilemma, Cowboys & Aliens and Tower Heist. Because of their weak financial pact renewal with Universal in January 2012, Imagine laid off 5 employees, including production executive Jeremy Steckler. This also moves Imagine from exclusive to a first-look deal. By 2013, Imagine was considering other funding methods for the company's films including crowdfunding for a Friday Night Lights movie.
In November 2013, Michael Rosenberg was promoted to co-chairman followed in December 2013, with Erica Huggins being promoted to his previous position as president.Industry insiders indicated in late January 2016 that a deal with Raine Group was in the works that would have Raine become a partner of the production company while contributing $100 million.
In 2017, Imagine had made a six-picture deal with Warner Bros. and Australian visual effects/animation studio Animal Logic to develop, finance, and produce six animated/live-action films.
In 2018, Imagine acquired a controlling stake in Jax Media.
In December 2019, Imagine Entertainment CEO Rich Battista left the company after only less than 4 months since being appointed in late August.
The feature-film division has participated in over sixty productions and is associated with Universal Pictures,which has distributed many of Imagine's productions, some with other studios. Erica Huggins was hired as senior vice president of motion picture production and was elevated to executive vice president in 2006, and later to co-president of production in 2010.
|1987||Like Father Like Son||only film produced under a production pact with Tri-Star Pictures; first film|
|1988||Willow||with Lucasfilm Ltd.|
|Clean and Sober|
|1989||The 'Burbs||first film under a production pact with Universal Pictures|
|The Dream Team|
|Opportunity Knocks||with Brad Grey Productions and Meledandri-Gordon Company; international distribution by Carolco Pictures|
|Problem Child||with Robert Simonds Productions|
|1991||The Doors||with Carolco Pictures|
|Backdraft||with Trilogy Entertainment Group|
|Problem Child 2||with Robert Simonds Productions|
|1992||Far and Away|
|Boomerang||with Eddie Murphy Productions|
|Cop and a Half|
|For Love or Money|
|1994||My Girl 2|
|The Cowboy Way|
|The Nutty Professor|
|Ransom||with Touchstone Pictures|
|The Chamber||with Davis Entertainment|
|Inventing the Abbotts|
|2000||Nutty Professor II: The Klumps|
|How the Grinch Stole Christmas|
|2001||A Beautiful Mind||with DreamWorks Pictures|
|Stealing Harvard||with Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios|
|8 Mile||with Mikona Productions GmbH & Co. KG|
|2003||Intolerable Cruelty||with Mike Zoss Productions|
|The Missing||with Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios|
|The Cat in the Hat||with DreamWorks Pictures|
|2004||The Alomo||with Touchstone Pictures|
|Friday Night Lights|
|2005||Inside Deep Throat||with HBO Documentary Films and World of Wonder|
|Cinderella Man||with Buena Vista International, Touchstone Pictures, Miramax Films and Parkway Productions|
|Flightplan||with Touchstone Pictures|
|Fun with Dick and Jane||with Columbia Pictures and JC 23 Entertainment|
|2006||Curious George||with Universal Animation Studios|
|Inside Man||with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks|
|The Da Vinci Code||with Columbia Pictures and Skylark Productions|
|2007||American Gangster||with Relativity Media and Scott Free Productions|
|2008||Changeling||with Relativity Media and Malpaso Productions|
|Frost/Nixon||with StudioCanal and Working Title Films|
|2009||Angels & Demons||with Columbia Pictures and Skylark Productions|
|2010||Robin Hood||with Relativity Media and Scott Free Productions|
|2011||The Dilemma||with Spyglass Entertainment and Wild West Picture Show Productions|
|Take Me Home Tonight||with Rogue|
|Cowboys & Aliens||with DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, K/O Paper Products, Fairview Entertainment and Platinum Studios; international distribution by Paramount Pictures|
|Restless||with Columbia Pictures|
|Tower Heist||with Relativity Media|
|J. Edgar||with Malpaso Productions and Wintergreen Productions|
|2012||Katy Perry: Part of Me||with AEG Live, EMI Music, Perry Productions, Pulse Films, Magical Elves Productions, Splinter Films, MTV Films and Insurge Pictures|
|2013||Rush||independently financed; with Exclusive Media, Cross Creek Pictures, Working Title Films and Revolution Films|
|2014||Get on Up||with Jagged Films and Wyolah Films|
|The Good Lie||with Alcon Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment and Black Label Media|
|2015||In the Heart of the Sea||with Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, COTT Productions, Enelmar Productions A.I.E., Roth Films, Spring Creek Pictures and Kia Jam|
|2016||Pelé: Birth of a Legend||with Seine Pictures|
|Inferno||with Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, LSG Productions and Mid Atlantic Films|
|2017||Lowriders||with BH Tilt and Telemundo|
|The Dark Tower||with Columbia Pictures, Weed Road Pictures and MRC|
|American Made||with Cross Creek Pictures, Hercules Film Fund, Quadrant Pictures and Vendian Entertainment|
|2018||Solo: A Star Wars Story||with Lucasfilm|
|The Spy Who Dumped Me||with Bron Studios|
|2019||Pavarotti||with PolyGram Entertainment, Decca Records and White Horse Pictures|
|July 31, 2020||Rebuilding Paradise||National Geographic Documentary Films|
|The Shrinking of Treehorn|
|new Friday Night Lights film|
|2009||Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!||with Universal Animation Studios|
|2015||Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle||with Universal 1440 Entertainment and Universal Animation Studios|
|2016||Kindergarten Cop 2||with Universal 1440 Entertainment and Where's Arnold Productions|
|2017||Cop and a Half: New Recruit||with Universal 1440 Entertainment, Everywhere Studios and 50 Degrees North Productions|
|2019||Backdraft 2||with Universal 1440 Entertainment, Rafaella Productions, Nexus Factory, uMedia and Title Media|
|Undercover Brother 2||with Universal 1440 Entertainment and Hal Lieberman Company|
|Tick, Tick... Boom!||with 5000 Broadway Productions|
Its television division, Imagine Television has participated in at least twenty productions and is associated with 20th Century Fox Television.
|1986–1987||Gung Ho||with Paramount Television and Four Way Productions|
|1987–1988||Ohara||with Warner Bros. Television and M'ass Production|
|1987||Take Five||with TriStar Television and Empire City Presentations|
|1989||Knight & Daye|
|My Talk Show||with Second City Entertainment and MCA TV|
|1997–1998||Hiller and Diller||with Touchstone Television|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon|
|1998–2000||Sports Night||with Touchstone Television|
|1999–2001||The PJs||with The Murphy Company, Will Vinton Studios, and Touchstone Television|
|2000||Wonderland||with Touchstone Television|
|2001||The Beast||with Touchstone Television|
|2001–10||24||with Real Time Productions, Teakwood Lane Productions, and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2003||Miss Match||with Darren Star Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|Arrested Development||with The Hurwitz Company and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2004||The Big House||with 20th Century Fox Television|
|2004–05||Quintuplets||with Mark Reisman Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2005||The Inside||with Reamworks and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2006||Saved||with Sarabande Productions and Fox 21|
|2006–2015||Curious George||with WGBH-TV and Universal Animation Studios|
|2006||Treasure Hunters||with Magical Elves, Inc. and Madison Road Entertainment|
|2006–08||Shark||with Deforestation Services and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2006–11||Friday Night Lights||with Film 44 and Universal Media Studios|
|2008||24: Redemption||with Teakwood Lane Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2009–11||Lie to Me||with Pagoda Pictures, Samuel Baum Productions, MiddKid Productions, and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2010–15||Parenthood||with True Jack Productions, Universal Media Studios, and Universal Television|
|2011||Friends with Benefits||with Big Kid Pictures, Pickle Films, and 20th Century Fox Television|
|The Playboy Club||with Alta Loma Entertainment, Storyland Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2012||The 84th Academy Awards||with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences|
|The Great Escape||with Profiles Television Productions, The Hochberg Ebersol Company, and Fox Television Studios|
|2013||How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)||with Hot Lava Girl Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2014||Those Who Kill||with One Two One Three Pictures, Miso Film, and Fox 21|
|24: Live Another Day||with Teakwood Lane Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|Gang Related||with Chris Morgan Productions, Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions, and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2015–2020||Empire||with Lee Daniels Entertainment, Danny Strong Productions, Little Chicken Inc., and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2015||The Bastard Executioner||with Sutter Ink, FX Productions, and Fox 21 Television Studios|
|2017||24: Legacy||with Coto/Katz Productions, Teakwood Lane Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|Shots Fired||with Undisputed Cinema and 20th Century Fox Television|
|2017–present||Genius||with Paperboy Productions, OddLot Entertainment, EUE/Sokolow and Fox 21 Television Studios|
|2019||Why Women Kill||with CBS Television Studios|
|2019-present||The Conners||with Jax Media, Mohawk Productions and Sara + Tom|
|2020-present||68 Whiskey||with CBS Television Studios, yes Studio and Little City|
|2020||Filthy Rich||with Wyolah Films and Fox Entertainment|
|TBA||Untitled Music Comedy||with Amazon Studios|
|Problem Child||with STX Entertainment and NBCUniversal|
|Untitled Space Show||with Nickelodeon Productions|
|Untitled Willow sequel series||with Lucasfilm and MGM Television|
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