Imagine Entertainment

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Imagine Entertainment
Industry Film
Production company
PredecessorImagine Films Entertainment
Founded1986;33 years ago (1986)
Founder Brian Grazer
Ron Howard
Area served
Key people
Brian Grazer (Chairman)
Ron Howard (Chairman)
Michael Rosenberg (Co-Chairman)
ProductsFeature films, TV series
OwnerBrian Grazer
Ron Howard
Divisions Imagine Television
Subsidiaries Jax Media

Imagine Entertainment (formerly Imagine Films Entertainment and also known simply as Imagine) is an American film and television production company founded in 1986 by director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer.

Film sequence of images that give the impression of movement

Film, also called movie or motion picture, is a medium used to simulate experiences that communicate ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty or atmosphere by the means of recorded or programmed moving images along with other sensory stimulations. The word "cinema", short for cinematography, is often used to refer to filmmaking and the film industry, and to the art form that is the result of it.

Television Telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images

Television (TV), sometimes shortened to tele or telly, is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome, or in color, and in two or three dimensions and sound. The term can refer to a television set, a television program, or the medium of television transmission. Television is a mass medium for advertising, entertainment and news.

A production company, production house, production studio, or a production team provides the physical basis for works in the realms of the performing arts, new media art, film, television, radio, comics, interactive arts, video games, websites, and video. Production teams are a group of technical staff who produce the media. Generally the term refers to all individuals responsible for the technical aspects of creating of a particular product, regardless of where in the process their expertise is required, or how long they are involved in the project. For example, in a theatrical performance, the production team includes not only the running crew, but also the theatrical producer, designers and theatre direction.


Co-founders Ron Howard and Brian Grazer at a Tribeca Film Festival panel on A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard Brian Grazer 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Co-founders Ron Howard and Brian Grazer at a Tribeca Film Festival panel on A Beautiful Mind


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 . [1]

<i>Night Shift</i> (1982 film) 1982 film by Ron Howard

Night Shift is a 1982 American comedy film, directed by Ron Howard, concerning a timid night shift morgue employee whose life is turned upside down by a new co-worker who fancies himself a free-spirited entrepreneur. It stars Howard's Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler along with Michael Keaton, in his first starring role, and Shelley Long. Also appearing are Richard Belzer and Clint Howard; and there are brief scenes with a young Kevin Costner as "Frat Boy #1," Shannen Doherty as a Bluebell scout, Vincent Schiavelli as a man who delivers a sandwich, and Charles Fleischer as one of the jail prisoners.

<i>Splash</i> (film) 1984 fantasy romantic comedy movie directed by Ron Howard

Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy and Eugene Levy. The film involves a young man who falls in love with a mysterious woman who is secretly a mermaid. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


Imagine Films Entertainment

Early on, the company sealed a production and distribution deal with Universal Pictures [1] 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. A pay television broadcast agreement was made with Showtime. [2]

Showtime (TV network) American premium cable TV channel

Showtime is an American premium cable and satellite television network that serves as the flagship service of the Showtime Networks subsidiary of CBS Corporation, which also owns sister services The Movie Channel and Flix. Showtime's programming primarily includes theatrically released motion pictures and original television series, along with boxing and mixed martial arts matches, occasional stand-up comedy specials and made-for-TV movies.

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. [2]

Imagine Entertainment

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. [1] 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. [3] 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. [4]

<i>Cowboys & Aliens</i> 2011 film directed by Jon Favreau

Cowboys & Aliens is a 2011 American science fiction Western film directed by Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. The film is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. The plot revolves around an amnesiac outlaw (Craig), a wealthy cattleman (Ford), and a mysterious traveler (Wilde) who must ally to save a group of townspeople abducted by aliens. The screenplay was written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on a screen story by the latter two along with Steve Oedekerk. The film was produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Kurtzman, Orci and Rosenberg, with Steven Spielberg and Favreau serving as executive producers.

A first-look deal is any contract containing a clause granting, usually for a fee or other consideration that covers a specified period of time, a pre-emption right, right of first refusal, or right of first offer to another party, who then is given the first opportunity to buy outright, co-own, invest in, license, etc., something that is newly coming into existence or on the market for the first time or after an absence, such as intellectual property or real property.

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. [5] 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. [1]

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. [6] [7]

In 2018, Imagine acquired a controlling stake in Jax Media. [8]

Feature-film division

The feature-film division has participated in over sixty productions and is associated with Universal Pictures, [9] 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. [5]






































TBA Hillbilly Elegy (with Netflix)

Television division

Its television division, Imagine Television has participated in at least twenty productions and is associated with 20th Century Fox Television.

Television productions

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
1990–1991 Parenthood
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
1998–2002 Felicity
The WB
1999–2001 The PJs
with The Murphy Company, Will Vinton Studios, and Touchstone Television
2000 Wonderland
ABC/The 101 Network
with Touchstone Television
Rat Bastard
2001 The Beast
with Touchstone Television
2001–10 24 [1]
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 [4]
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
PBS Kids
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 [4]
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 [12]
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
A&E/Lifetime Movie Network
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–present Empire [1] 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 [13]
Shots Fired with Undisputed Cinema and 20th Century Fox Television
2017–present Genius
National Geographic Channel
with Paperboy Productions, OddLot Entertainment, EUE/Sokolow and Fox 21 Television Studios
2019 Filthy Rich
with Wyolah Films and Fox Entertainment
TBAUntitled Music Comedy [14]
Amazon Instant Video
with Amazon Studios
Problem Child [15]
with STX Entertainment and NBCUniversal
Why Women Kill [16]
CBS All Access
with CBS Television Studios

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