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|Industry|| Film |
|Predecessor||Imagine Films Entertainment|
|Founder|| Brian Grazer |
| Brian Grazer (Chairman)|
Ron Howard (Chairman)
Michael Rosenberg (Co-Chairman)
|Products||Feature films, TV series|
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, 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 (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.
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 .
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.
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.
Early on, the company sealed a production and distribution deal with Universal Picturesthrough 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.
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.
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.
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.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.
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.
TBA Hillbilly Elegy (with Netflix)
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–present||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||Filthy Rich||with Wyolah Films and Fox Entertainment|
|TBA||Untitled Music Comedy||with Amazon Studios|
|Problem Child||with STX Entertainment and NBCUniversal|
|Why Women Kill||with CBS Television Studios|
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