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Columbia Pictures

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Columbia Pictures

American film production and distribution studio of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Sony add

Category: Movies & TV (402)

Launched in 1950.

Countries: United States (79%), (6%), United Kingdom (4%)

Main connections: Sony, Rita Hayworth, Paramount Pictures

Linked to: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Cineplex Odeon Corporation




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Almost 400 of Columbia's 529 two-reel comedies were released to television in the late 1950s; to date, only the Stooges, Keaton, and short films starring Charley Chase, Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, and Joe DeRita have been released to home video add something


As the larger studios declined in the 1950s, Columbia's position improved add something


Columbia maintained a long list of contractees well into the 1950s: Glenn Ford, Penny Singleton, William Holden, Judy Holliday, The Three Stooges, Ann Miller, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Doran, Jack Lemmon, Cleo Moore, Barbara Hale, Adele Jergens, Larry Parks, Arthur Lake, Lucille Ball, Kerwin Mathews, and Kim Novak add something


By 1951, Screen Gems became a fully-fledged television studio and became a major producer of situation comedies for TV, beginning with "Father Knows Best", "The Donna Reed Show", "The Partridge Family", "Bewitched", "I Dream of Jeannie", and "The Monkees" followed add something


Rex Reason - In 1951 he was given a screen test at Columbia Pictures and was cast as the lead in a starring role in his first picture, a low-budget adventure drama titled "Storm Over Tibet"


Stanley Kramer - In 1951, Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn offered Kramer's company an opportunity to form a production unit working with his studio


Mickey Rooney - In 1951, he directed a feature film for Columbia Pictures, "My True Story" starring Helen Walker


Fredric March - March later regretted turning down the role and finally played Willy Loman in Columbia Pictures's 1951 film version of the play, directed by Laslo Benedek, receiving his fifth-and-final Oscar nomination as well as a Golden Globe Award.


Audrey Totter - She worked for Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox, for example, "FBI Girl" , but the quality of her films dropped, and by the end of the 1950s, her career was in decline


Song Without End - Columbia Pictures had plans to film "The Franz Liszt Story" back in 1952


Cleo Moore - She signed with Columbia Pictures in 1952


Smiley Burnette - When the series ended, Burnette rejoined Autry for Autry's final six films, all released by Columbia Pictures in 1953


Kerwin Mathews - After moving to Los Angeles in 1954, Mathews acted at the Pasadena Playhouse, where he met the head of casting for Columbia Pictures, leading to a seven-year studio contract


William Campbell (film actor) - " After several years of similar supporting performances in a number of films, including as a co-pilot in William Wellman's "The High and the Mighty" , he won his first starring role in "Cell 2455 Death Row" , a low-budget prison film for Columbia Pictures


Tom Tyler - Columbia Pictures intended to make a sequel to "The Phantom" for years, but by 1955 Tyler had died and the studio's rights to the "Phantom" property had lapsed


Tyrone Power - "Untamed", Tyrone Power's last movie made under his contract with 20th Century-Fox, was released in 1955, and same year saw the release of "The Long Gray Line", a successful John Ford film for Columbia Pictures


On July 1, 1956, studio veteran Irving Briskin stepped down as stage manager of Columbia Pictures and form his production company "'Briskin Productions, Inc."' to release series through Screen Gems and supervise all of its productions add something


In 1957, after its parent company Columbia dropped UPA, Screen Gems entered a distribution deal with Hanna-Barbera Productions, which produced classic TV cartoon shows such as "The Flintstones", "Ruff and Reddy", "The Huckleberry Hound Show", "Yogi Bear", "Jonny Quest", "The Jetsons" and others add something


Pernell Roberts - He signed a contract with Columbia Pictures in 1957 and made his film debut a year later as one of Burl Ives' contentious sons in "Desire Under the Elms"


Fred F. Sears - On Saturday, November 30, 1957, while preparing for his next film at his office at Columbia Pictures, Sears suffered a fatal cerebral hemorrhage of a communicating artery of the Circle of Willis


Its "Screen Snapshots" series, showing behind-the-scenes footage of Hollywood stars, was a Columbia perennial; producer-director Ralph Staub kept this series going through 1958 add something


Glendon Swarthout - The book was quickly sold to Random House and to Columbia Pictures in 1958, becoming one of their major motion pictures starring Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth a year later


Shortly after closing their short subjects department, Columbia president Harry Cohn died of a heart attack in February 1958 add something


Kahane would late become the President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1959, until his death a year later add something


Michael Callan - Callan's film career began in 1959 where he was contracted with Columbia Pictures and had roles in two films, "They Came to Cordura" and "The Flying Fontaines"


Dorothy Dandridge - In 1959, Columbia Pictures cast Dandridge in the lead role of Bess in "Porgy and Bess"; Dandridge was again nominated for an *award, this time for a Golden Globe *award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for her performance in "Porgy and Bess"


Barney Kessel - A "first call" guitarist at Columbia Pictures, during the 1960s Kessel became one of the most in-demand session guitarists in America, and is considered a key member of the group of first-call session musicians now usually known as The Wrecking Crew.


Dion DiMucci - By the end of 1961, Dion had become a major star, touring worldwide and making an appearance in the Columbia Pictures musical film "Twist Around the Clock"


George Segal - He was signed to a Columbia Pictures contract in 1961, making his film debut in "The Young Doctors" and appearing in "The Naked City" produced for television by Columbia's "Screen Gems"


Lawrence of Arabia (film) - The original soundtrack recording was originally released on Colpix Records, the records division of Columbia Pictures, in 1962


Greta Gynt - Her last film was a Columbia Pictures release - the 1963 "The Runaway" in which she played the lead


The Cardinal - "'The Cardinal"' is a 1963 American drama film which was produced independently and directed by Otto Preminger, and distributed by Columbia Pictures


Paul Huson - From 1965 through 1968 Huson worked as an Art Director for &BBC_television (BBC_Television) and Columbia Pictures, UK, before emigrating to the United States, where he began writing books and stories and scripts for American television, which included the television series "Family" and "James at Fifteen"


Matt Helm - In 1965 Columbia Pictures acquired the film rights to eight Matt Helm novels


By 1966, the studio was suffering from box-office failures, and takeover rumors began surfacing add something


Screen Gems would distribute until 1967, when Hanna-Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting add something


Nearly bankrupt by the early 1970s, the studio was saved via a radical overhaul: the Gower Street Studios were sold and a new management team was brought in add something


Cliff Robertson - He learned that the forgery had been carried out by Columbia Pictures head David Begelman, and on reporting it he inadvertently triggered one of the biggest Hollywood scandals of the 1970s


Ray Stark - Stark was the power behind the throne at Columbia Pictures in the 1970s and 80s


From 1971 until the end of 1987, Columbia's international distribution operations were a joint venture with Warner Bros. add something


Warner Bros. - From 1971 until the end of 1987, Warner's international distribution operations were a joint venture with Columbia Pictures, and in some countries, this joint venture distributed films from other companies


In 1972, Columbia and Warner Bros. formed a partnership called "The Burbank Studios" in which both companies shared the Warner studio lot in Burbank add something


Warner Bros. - In 1972 in a cost-cutting move, Warner and Columbia Pictures formed a partnership called The Burbank Studios in which they would share production facilities utilitizing the Warner lot in Burbank


Butterflies Are Free - The 1972 film was produced by M.J. Frankovich, released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Milton Katselas and adapted for the screen by Gershe


David Begelman - He left CMA in 1973 to take over the floundering Columbia Pictures


Burt Bacharach - In 1973, Bacharach and David were commissioned to score the Ross Hunter-produced revival of the 1937 film, "Lost Horizon" for Columbia Pictures


On May 6, 1974, Columbia retired the Screen Gems name from television, renaming its television division Columbia Pictures Television add something


From 1976 to 1993, Columbia Pictures was using two logos add something


The first one was used from 1976 to 1981, and the second one was used from 1981 to 1993 add something


Suzanne Ciani - She composed and perhaps best known for the 1976 Columbia Pictures and Columbia Pictures Television theme jingles


Spelling-Goldberg Productions - Spelling and Goldberg decided to part ways, and in 1977, the duo sold Spelling-Goldberg to Columbia Pictures


Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. - A 3-hour made-for-television film, "Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women", starring Paul Shenar as Ziegfeld, Samantha Eggar as Billie Burke and Barbara Parkins as Anna Held, was produced by Columbia Pictures and shown on NBC in 1978


Anna Held - In 1978 Columbia Pictures released a made-for-television film, "Ziegfeld: The Man & His Women". first telecast on NBC. This was a much more open and perhaps truthfully told movie about Ziegfeld and the women in his life, than the 1936 film


On January 15, 1979, the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Kerkorian, to block him from holding stake in Columbia, while controlling MGM. On February 19, 1979, Columbia Pictures Television acquired TOY Productions; the production company founded by Bud Yorkin and writers Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein in 1976 add something


Laura Lamson - She worked in London as a script reader for Columbia Pictures in 1980


Ray Stark founded "'Rastar Films"', the reincarnation of Rastar Pictures and it was acquired by Columbia Pictures in February 1980 add something


On September 30, 1980, Kerkorian sued Columbia for ignoring shareholders' interest and violating an agreement with him add something


Mario Kassar - Working for Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures, he was executive producer of several movies starting with "Victory" in 1981


B. P. Schulberg - The Post, October 2, 1981 In 1937, Paramount stopped distributing his films and he remained out of the business until 1940 when he began producing for Columbia Pictures


In 1982, Columbia, Time Inc.'s HBO and CBS announced, as a joint venture, "Nova Pictures"; this enterprise was to be renamed Tri-Star Pictures add something


In 1982, the studio was purchased by Coca-Cola; that same year it launched TriStar Pictures as a joint venture with HBO and CBS add something


CBS - Yet ten years later, in 1982, CBS took another try at Hollywood, in a joint venture with Columbia Pictures and HBO called TriStar Pictures


In 1983, Frank Price left Columbia Pictures after a dispute with Coca-Cola and went back to Universal add something


On the Waterfront - On The Waterfront Made A First Home Video release in 1984 From RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video On VHS and Beta


Donald Keough - From 1985 to 1989 he served as chairman of Columbia Pictures, Inc., before it was sold to Sony, Inc.


Tandem Productions - In 1986, Coca-Cola spun-off and sold Embassy Home Entertainment to Nelson Holdings, Inc. and became "'Nelson Entertainment"' that was not part of the plan for Coke to keep the home video arm due to RCA's venture with Columbia Pictures Home Video that would've conflicted the joint venture if Coke kept EHE.


Tom Stern (director) - The two collaborated on a number of 16 mm short films including "Squeal of Death", which was noticed by an executive at Columbia Pictures in 1986


ELP Communications - In November 1986, Coca-Cola fused Embassy's television operations including the movie packages with Columbia Pictures Television; the combined company became "'Columbia/Embassy Television"', though Columbia and Embassy continued to produce and distribute programs under their separate names


His company Price Entertainment, Inc. that he founded in 1987, was merged with Columbia in March 1991 add something


Dawn Steel - She became president of Columbia Pictures in 1987


On June 26, 1987, Coca-Cola sold The Walter Reade Organization to Cineplex Odeon Corporation add something


ELP Communications - In December 1987, Coca-Cola merged the theatrical divisions Columbia Pictures and Tri-Star Pictures into Columbia Pictures Entertainment and merging their other units Triumph Releasing Corporation, Embassy Communications, and Merv Griffin Enterprises under that banner


Warners pulled out of the venture in 1988 to join up with Walt Disney Pictures add something


Uberto Pasolini - Pasolini moved to Los Angeles when Puttnam was appointed as head of Columbia Pictures, and served as vice president of production, and in 1988 oversaw production of both David Mamet's "Things Change" and Emir Kusturica's "Time of the Gypsies"


Tami Erin - She is best known for her portrayal of Pippi Longstocking in the 1988 Columbia Pictures film "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking"


Akio Morita - Sony bought CBS Records Group which consisted of Columbia Records, Epic Records and other CBS labels in 1988 and Columbia Pictures Entertainment in 1989


Anna Thomas - Thomas produced "A Time of Destiny" for Columbia Pictures in 1988 and worked for the studio on a few writing jobs


ELP Communications - Still-running Embassy shows would bear the Columbia Pictures Television logo in January 1988 for the rest of their runs


On January 4, 1988, Columbia/Embassy Television and Tri-Star Television were formed into the new Columbia Pictures Television and Embassy Communications was renamed to "'ELP Communications"' add something


ELP Communications - Embassy Communications became "'ELP"' "'Communications"' in February 1988 under the banner of Columbia Pictures Television


Tandem Productions - However, Tandem still remained as an in-name-only division of &Embassy_Communications (ELP_Communications) until February 8, 1988 when it became in-name-only to Columbia Pictures Television and in turn an in-name-only sub-division of "'ELP Communications"'


On April 13, 1988, CPE spun off Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. as a reformed company of the Tri-Star studio add something


After a brief period of independence with Coca-Cola maintaining a financial interest, the combined studio was acquired by Japanese company Sony in 1989 add something


TriStar Television - Columbia Pictures and Tri-Star Pictures were sold in 1989 to Sony of Japan


Walter Yetnikoff - Yetnikoff renewed his public feud with Ross in 1989 when Yetnikoff interfered in Sony's negotiation with Ross and Time Warner in signing Jon Peters and Peter Guber to co-head Sony's newly acquired subsidiary Columbia Pictures


On February 2, 1989, Columbia Pictures Television formed a joint-venture with Norman Lear's Act III Communications called "'Act III Television"' to produce television series instead of managing add something


ELP Communications - On November 8, 1989, Columbia Pictures Entertainment was sold to Sony Corporation and renamed as Sony_Pictures_Entertainment on August 7, 1991


On December 1, 1989, Guber and Peters hired longtime lawyer of GPEC Alan J. Levine, to the post of president and COO of Columbia's newly formed company "'Filmed Entertainment Group"' add something


In the 1990s, Columbia announced plans of a rival James Bond franchise, since they owned the rights of "Casino Royale" and were planning to make a third version of "Thunderball" with Kevin McClory add something


Sid Ganis - After leaving Paramount in 1990, Ganis became president of marketing and distribution at Columbia Pictures


Walter Yetnikoff - Yetnikoff is featured in the book "Hit And Run" about Sony's purchase of Columbia Pictures in 1990 and hiring, on Yetnikoff's recommendation, Peter Guber and Jon Peters to run the studio


Orion Pictures - After releasing several busts the previous year, Orion announced a distribution agreement with Columbia Pictures Entertainment in February 1990, in which the much larger studio would release Orion's movies overseas


TriStar Television - On July 11, 1990, Tri-Star dissolved and sold its venture in TeleVentures to Stephen J. Cannell Productions and TeleVentures became "'Cannell Distribution Co."' Most of the series and the Tri-Star film packages that were distributed by TeleVentures were taken over by Columbia Pictures Television Distribution


Barris Industries - On November 5, 1990, CPE folded its first-run syndication unit Guber-Peters Television into Columbia Pictures Television Distribution


Tandem Productions - Columbia Pictures Television took over distribution for the series by 1991


Jan Eliasberg - In 1991, Eliasberg married Neil Alan Friedman, a studio executive at Columbia Pictures


The current logo was created in 1992, when the logo was repainted digitally by New Orleans artist, Michael Deas, who was commissioned to return the lady to her "classic" look add something


Norman Maclean - "A River Runs Through It" was adapted into a motion picture directed by Robert Redford and released by Columbia Pictures starring Craig Sheffer as Maclean, Brad Pitt, and Tom Skerritt in 1992


On December 7, 1992, Sony Pictures acquired the Barry & Enright game show library add something


The animation was created by Synthespian Studios in 1993 by Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak, who used 2D elements from the painting and converted it to 3D. In 2012, Jenny Joseph gave an interview to WWL-TV: So we just scooted over there come lunchtime and they wrapped a sheet around me and I held a regular little desk lamp, a side lamp, she said, and I just held that up and we did that with a light bulb add something


Trailers and TV spots, however, continued to use the 1993 version of the logo until 2008 add something


Denise Di Novi - She set up her own production company, Di Novi Pictures, in 1993, at Columbia Pictures


Darnell Martin - In 1994, Martin became the first African-American woman to direct and produce a movie produced by a major studio, Columbia Pictures


Jerry Lewis - In 1994, the Columbia Pictures film, "North" featured footage of Lewis's classic movies


ELP Communications - In February 1994, SPE merged Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television to become "'Columbia TriStar Television"'


TriStar Television - On February 21, 1994, TriStar Television merged with Columbia Pictures Television and formed Columbia TriStar Television


The Quick and the Dead (1995 film) - The film was distributed by TriStar Pictures and Columbia Pictures, and was released in the US on February 10, 1995 to a dismal box office performance, and received mixed reviews from critics


On July 21, 1995, Sony Pictures teamed up with Jim Henson Productions and created the joint venture "'Jim Henson Pictures"' add something


In 1996 , the byline shows on the bottom of the logo "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company" add something


John Calley took over as SPE president in November 1996, installing Amy Pascal as Columbia Pictures president and Chris Lee as president of production at TriStar add something


Stephen Tompkinson - Sundance Film Festival - When "Brassed Off" was featured at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, Columbia Pictures, Disney, and Paramount Pictures invited him to meet their casting directors


Danielle Steel - Columbia Pictures was the first movie studio to offer for one of her novels, purchasing the rights to "The Ghost" in 1998


In 1999, Sony Pictures Entertainment relaunched the Screen Gems brand as a horror and independent film distribution company and TriStar Television was folded into CTT. Two years later, CPT was folded into CTT as well add something


In the 2000s, Sony broadened its release schedule by backing Revolution Studios, the production/distribution company headed by Joe Roth add something


Laura Ziskin - After nearly five years on the job, Ziskin resigned from Fox 2000 in November 1999 and within a month had a production deal at Columbia Pictures


Chen Kuo-Fu - In 2000, Chen became the head of the production unit of the Asian branch of Columbia Pictures


Tami Erin - Today the legend of Pippi lives on with the re-release of The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking by Columbia Pictures on DVD in 2000 and as a double feature with the movie Matilda in 2007


On October 25, 2001 CTT and CTTD merged to form "'Columbia TriStar Domestic Television"' add something


The superhero has since become Columbia's most successful franchise, with the first movie coming out in 2002 and having since gained two sequels, with plans for two more add something


Myst (series) - The Sci Fi Channel announced in 2002 that a TV miniseries would be produced based on "Myst", to be produced by Mandalay Television Pictures in association with Columbia TriStar Domestic Television and Cyan, but never materialized


Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez - Before its publication in 2003, the film rights to "The Dirty Girls Social Club" were optioned by Columbia Pictures with Jennifer Lopez and Laura Ziskin as producers, but the option expired without going into production


A Passage to India (film) - On 9 September 2003, Columbia Pictures released the box set "The David Lean Collection", which included "Lawrence of Arabia", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", and "A Passage to India"


HBO - During the '80s decade, HBO had broadcasted films from Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures and Orion Pictures; as of February 2013, rival premium channel Starz has an exclusive deal with Sony


Ashley Scott - In 2005 she appeared in the role of Amanda in Columbia Pictures action film "Into the Blue"


The Da Vinci Code - In 2006, a film adaptation was released by Sony's Columbia Pictures


Jason McElwain - In April 2006, it was announced that Columbia Pictures had bought the rights to produce the film


Chris Gardner - He published his autobiography on May 23, 2006, before becoming an associate producer of the major motion picture "The Pursuit of Happyness", directed by Gabriele Muccino and released by Columbia Pictures on December 15, 2006


Starting with the film, The Holiday, released on December 8, 2006, the logo was given a more "enhanced" look, similar to the 2001 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment logo and Michael J. Deas's original artwork of the logo, which can be seen here add something


The Shadow - On December 11, 2006, the website SuperHero Hype reported that director Sam Raimi and Michael Uslan would co-produce a new "Shadow" film for Columbia Pictures


Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) - On April 4, 2007, Friedrich filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court - Southern District of Illinois against Marvel Enterprises, Sony Pictures, Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures, Relativity Media, Crystal Sky Pictures, Michael DeLuca Productions, Hasbro and Take-Two Interactive, alleging his copyrights to the Ghost Rider character have been exploited and utilized in a "joint venture and conspiracy"


Belgrad and Tolmach had been co-presidents of the studio since 2008 and had been working together as a team in 2003 add something


Austin Film Festival - Oren Uziel, the 2008 Latitude Productions Winner and 2008 Drama Finalist, recently optioned his script, The Kitchen Sink, to Matt Tolmach, the former Columbia Pictures Co-President of Production


Cameron Crowe - It was announced in early June 2008 that Crowe would be returning to write and direct his seventh feature film, set to star Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon and be released by Columbia Pictures


Marc Webb - In January 2010, Columbia Pictures hired Webb to direct "The Amazing Spider-Man", a reboot of the "Spider-Man film franchise", released in July 2012 and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone


Elizabeth Gilbert - The book was optioned for a film by Columbia Pictures, which was released as "Eat Pray Love" on August 13, 2010, with Julia Roberts starring as Gilbert


On October 29, 2010, Matt Tolmach, the co-president of Columbia Pictures, stepped down to produce the next installment of "Spider-Man" add something


The Bridge on the River Kwai - On November 2, 2010 Columbia Pictures released a newly restored "The Bridge on the River Kwai" for the first time on Blu-ray


Oakland Athletics - In 2011, Columbia Pictures released the film based on Lewis' book, which featured Brad Pitt playing the role of Beane


Stephen J. Cannell - His other series "21 Jump Street" was made into a 2012 feature by Columbia Pictures, and the sequel "22 Jump Street" is set for release June 2014


The Interview (2014 film) - On March 21, 2012, it was announced that Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen would direct an action comedy film for Columbia Pictures with Rogen starring alongside James Franco


The Smurfs (film series) - On May 10, 2012, just two weeks after they announced production of "The Smurfs 2", Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures were already developing a script for "The Smurfs 3" with scribes Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche


Metal Gear - At the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary on August 30, 2012, Hideo Kojima announced that Arad Productions, owned by Arad brothers Avi and Ari, have agreed to produce a movie version of "Metal Gear Solid" with Columbia Pictures


It used in many films until it was last used in the 2013 film, Captain Phillips add something


Watch Dogs - Sony announced at their 2013 Gamescom press conference that Ubisoft will work with Columbia Pictures and New Regency to make the film, Sony will US distribution and 20th Century Fox international distributed the film


Fury (2014 film) - On April 10, 2013 Sony Pictures won the auction from Universal Pictures for the film and Columbia Pictures acquired the film's domestic rights


Starting in 2014, the logo was introduced with the Sony logo add something


The Monuments Men - The film, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Babelsberg Studio, was released on February 7, 2014


The Interview (2014 film) - On November 24, 2014, the computer networks of Columbia Pictures' parent company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, were hacked by an anonymous group identifying themselves as the "Guardians of Peace"


In 2015, A new Columbia Pictures logo will be soon premiering in theatres add something


In 2017, a new Columbia Pictures logo is animated by JAMM FX and featuring the actress, Mary Elizabeth Winstead add something