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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

American media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of films and television programs add

Category: Business (17)

Founded in 1930.

Countries: United States (71%), United Kingdom (6%), (5%)

Main connections: MGM Interactive, United Artists, Tom and Jerry

Linked to: Los Angeles Times, Universal Studios, Motion Picture Corporation of America, Sony Corporation of America

 

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1930

In animation, MGM purchased the rights in 1930 to distribute a series of cartoons that starred a character named "Flip the Frog", produced by Ub Iwerks add something

 

It was the only Hollywood studio that continued to pay dividends during the 1930s add something

 

MGM stars dominated the box office during the 1930s, and the studio was credited for inventing the Hollywood stable of stars system as well add something

 

MGM, however, was the very last studio to convert to "talkies" with its first all-color, "all-talking" sound feature with dialogue "The Rogue Song", a 1930 musical add something


1932

Thalberg, always physically frail, was removed as head of production in 1932 add something

 

Maureen O'Sullivan - In 1932, she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


1933

In 1933, Ub Iwerks cancelled the unsuccessful "Flip the Frog" series and MGM began to distribute its second series of cartoons, starring a character named "Willie Whopper", that was produced by Ub Iwerks add something

 

Howard Hawks - In 1933 Hawks signed a three-picture deal at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and his first film was there Today We Live in 1933, starring Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper.

 

Jeanette MacDonald - In 1933 MacDonald left again for Europe and while there, signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

 

Jack Dempsey - In 1933, Dempsey was approached by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to play a boxer

 

George Seaton - Seaton joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a contract writer in 1933

 

Charles Marquis Warren - Warren decided to go to Hollywood in 1933 when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer took an option on the play

 

Eskimo (film) - "'Eskimo"' is a 1933 American drama film directed by W. S. Van Dyke and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


1934

Gable's career took off to new heights after he won an Oscar for the 1934 Columbia film "It Happened One Night" add something

 

In 1934 MGM included a sequence made in Technicolor's superior new three-color process, a musical number in the otherwise black-and-white "The Cat and the Fiddle", starring perky Jeanette MacDonald and faded Ramon Novarro add something

 

Cecilia Parker - After playing the sister of Greta Garbo in 1934's "The Painted Veil", Parker signed a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

 

Charles Brabin - His last film was "A Wicked Woman" for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934

 

Columbia Pictures - Rejected by MGM , the Stooges made 190 shorts for Columbia between 1934 and 1957

 

Mickey Rooney - Rooney did other films in his adolescence, including several more of the McGuire films, and signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934


1935

The studio produced a number of three-color short subjects including 1935's musical "La Fiesta de Santa Barbara", however MGM waited until 1938 to film a complete feature in the process, "Sweethearts" with MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, the earlier of the popular singing team's two films in color add something

 

Jean Cadell - She once performed opposite W. C. Fields in Hollywood, cast as Mrs. Micawber to his Wilkins Micawber in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 1935 production of "David Copperfield"

 

Hildegarde Withers - When Oliver left RKO in 1935 to sign with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, RKO attempted to continue the series with Helen Broderick and ZaSu Pitts, but Oliver's presence was sorely missed and the films were poorly received


1936

As Thalberg fell increasingly ill in 1936, Louis Mayer could now serve as his temporary replacement add something

 

Rumors flew that Thalberg was leaving to set up his own independent company; his early death in 1936, at age thirty-seven, cost MGM dearly add something

 

Edward Sheldon - A 1936 lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for copyright infringement claimed that the script MGM used for the 1932 motion picture "Letty Lynton" plagiarized material from the play "Dishonored Lady" by Sheldon and Margaret Ayer Barnes

 

Margaret Ayer Barnes - A 1936 lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for copyright infringement claimed that the script MGM used for the motion picture "Letty Lynton" plagiarized material from the play "Dishonored Lady" by Edward Sheldon and Barnes

 

Randall Duell - As construction declined during the Great Depression, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hired Duell in 1936 to design the set of the Capulet home in Irving Thalberg's production of Romeo and Juliet

 

Leo Arnaud - He worked in Hollywood as an arranger for Fred Waring before joining Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as an arranger, composer, and orchestrator from 1936 to 1966

 

Ann Sothern - In 1936, she was signed by RKO Radio Pictures and after a string of films that failed to attract an audience, Sothern left RKO and was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, making her first film for them in 1939


1937

The "Happy Harmonies" regularly ran over budget, and MGM dismissed Harman-Ising in 1937 to start its own animation studio add something

 

Ann Rutherford - In 1937, Rutherford left Republic and signed a film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios

 

Phillip Terry - In 1937, a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer talent scout heard him in one of these broadcasts and arranged an interview

 

Joseph Barbera - In 1937, he moved to California and while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , Barbera met William Hanna

 

William Hanna - In 1937, while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , Hanna met Joseph Barbera

 

Joseph Barbera - Lured by a substantial salary increase, Barbera left Terrytoons and New York for the new Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon unit in California in 1937

 

Andy Hardy - "'Andrew "Andy" Hardy"' is a fictional character played by Mickey Rooney in an MGM film series from 1937 to 1958


1938

Tommy Bond - As Butch, Bond remained with "Our Gang" an additional three years, staying with the series when it moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938

 

Igor Gorin - He did a screen test for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and appeared in a secondary role in Broadway Melody of 1938 singing The Toreador Song from "Carmen" and parts of Largo al factotum from "The Barber of Seville"

 

Harold Arlen - In 1938, the team was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to compose songs for "The Wizard of Oz"

 

Gottfried Reinhardt - In Hollywood he became assistant director of Ernst Lubitsch, later a production assistant at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, contributing to the making of the 1938 film "The Great Waltz"

 

Carl Switzer - The production rights for "Our Gang" were sold to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938, and the first two years' worth of MGM-produced series entries focused heavily on the Alfalfa character and his family

 

Eugene Gordon Lee - This group moved from Hal Roach Studios to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938 after Roach sold the series

 

Billie Thomas - Thomas remained in "Our Gang" when the series changed production from Hal Roach Studios to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938

 

Aldous Huxley - Madame Curie - In March 1938, his friend Anita Loos, a novelist and screenwriter, put him in touch with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who hired Huxley for "Madame Curie" which was originally to star Greta Garbo and be directed by George Cukor

 

Gordon Douglas (director) - Roach sold the "Our Gang" unit to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in May 1938


1939

After initial struggles with a poorly received series of "Captain and the Kids" cartoons, the studio re-hired Harman and Ising in 1939, and Ising created the studio's first successful animated character, Barney Bear add something

 

Maisie - After a string of other films had failed to attract an audience, Sothern left RKO Radio Pictures and signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, making her first film for MGM in 1939

 

Ina Claire - In films, she is best known as the Grand Duchess in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer political satire "Ninotchka" directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Greta Garbo

 

Joy Davidman - She was employed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1939 for a six month stay in Hollywood writing movie scripts


1940

After 1940, production was cut from fifty pictures a year to a more manageable twenty-five features per year add something

 

However, MGM's biggest cartoon stars would come in the form of the cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry, created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1940 add something

 

Lucille Ball - Ball was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1940s, but she never achieved major stardom from her appearance in those films

 

Leon Ames (actor) - During the 1940s he was under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

 

Richard Hayman - Hayman started out as a player and arranger for the Borrah Minnevitch Harmonica Rascals before becoming an arranger for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios during the early 1940s

 

Lennie Hayton - He became musical director for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1940 and guided it through its prime years as forerunner of the movie musical

 

Katharine Hepburn - In the 1940s she was contracted to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where her career focused on an alliance with Spencer Tracy

 

Darwood Kaye - Kaye remained a semi-regular in "Our Gang" through 1940, by which time production of the series had moved from the Hal Roach studio to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


1941

In 1941, Tex Avery, another Schlesinger alumnus, joined the animation department add something

 

Barry Nelson - He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1941 and, because of his theatrical efforts in school, was almost immediately signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

 

Joe Pasternak - In 1941 Pasternak moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he continued to produce operetta films, featuring the rich singing voices of Kathryn Grayson, Jane Powell, and Mario Lanza


1942

Within one short year, beginning in 1942, L.B. Mayer released his four highest-paid actresses from their studio contracts; Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer add something

 

Tex Avery - By 1942, Avery was in the employ of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, working in their cartoon division under the supervision of Fred Quimby


 

The "Tom and Jerry" cartoons won seven Academy awards between 1943 and 1953 add something

 

Frank Weatherwax - He is best remembered with his brother Rudd Weatherwax for their famous collie, Pal, the dog who became famous as Lassie in the 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film "Lassie Come Home"


1944

Carleton Carpenter - Before signing to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Carpenter was a magician and an actor on Broadway, beginning with David Merrick's first production "Bright Boy" in 1944, followed by co-starring appearances in "Three to Make Ready" with Ray Bolger, "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" and "Hotel Paradiso" with Bert Lahr and Angela Lansbury

 

Phyllis Thaxter - In 1944, she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


1945

Janet Leigh - In winter 1945, she was discovered by actress Norma Shearer, whose late husband Irving Thalberg had been a senior executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

 

Inga Arvad - She was a motion picture writer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1945 and a Hollywood gossip columnist, and married cowboy actor Tim McCoy


1947

Mario Lanza - A concert at the Hollywood Bowl in August 1947 had brought Lanza to the attention of Louis B. Mayer, who promptly signed Lanza to a seven-year film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


1948

Of the four stars MacDonald was the only one whom Mayer rehired, in 1948 add something


1949

Madame Bovary - The most notable of these adaptations was the 1949 film produced by MGM


1950

As the studio system faded in the late 1950s and 1960s, MGM's prestige faded with it add something

 

MGM was the last studio to convert to sound pictures, but in spite of this fact, from the end of the silent film era through the late 1950s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the dominant motion picture studio in Hollywood. and although at times its films did well at the box office the studio lost significant amounts of money throughout the 1960s add something

 

Perhaps because of Mayer's leaving , the credit "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents" does not appear on any MGM film made between 1950 and 1957, the year of Louis B. Mayer's death add something

 

Louis Calhern - He reached his peak in the 1950s as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player

 

David Bradley (director) - On the basis of the 16 mm feature "Julius Caesar" that he had produced and directed in Chicago , he was hired as a directing intern by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1950


1951

Fernando Lamas - In 1951, he signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and went on to play "Latin Lover" roles

 

In August 1951, after a period of friendly antagonism with Schary, Mayer was fired add something


1952

Phyllis Avery - In 1952, she played Tracy McAuliffe, the wife of the Charlton Heston character in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film "Ruby Gentry"

 

The Bad and the Beautiful - "'The Bad and the Beautiful"' is a 1952 MGM melodramatic film that tells the story of a film producer who alienates all around him


1953

Avery left the studio in 1953, leaving Hanna and Barbera to focus on the popular "Tom and Jerry" and "Droopy" series add something

 

Dorothy Dandridge - Dandridge won her first starring role in 1953, playing a teacher in a low-budget film with a nearly all-black cast, "Bright Road", released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


1954

Rose-Marie - In 1954, MGM produced an Eastmancolor version in Cinemascope, which more closely followed the original plot, but it still dropped most of Friml's songs


1955

After 1955, all cartoons were filmed in CinemaScope until MGM closed its cartoon division in 1957 add something

 

Marjorie Lawrence - In 1955, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released the film version, "Interrupted Melody", starring Eleanor Parker as Lawrence; Parker loved opera and learned to sing all of the arias, although her singing was later dubbed in by soprano Eileen Farrell

 

Joan Collins - She was next signed by 20th Century Fox in 1955 as their answer to MGM's Elizabeth Taylor


1956

In 1956, MGM sold the television rights for "The Wizard of Oz" to CBS, which scheduled it to be shown in November of that year add something


1957

Beginning in 1957, the "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents" credit was reinstated add something

 

Cost overruns and the failure of the 1957 big-budget epic "Raintree County" prompted the studio to release Schary from his contract add something

 

In 1957 the studio lost money for the first time in its 34-year history add something

 

The year 1957 marked the end of MGM's animation department, as the studio determined it could generate the same amount of revenue by reissuing older cartoons as it could by producing and releasing new ones add something

 

Dean Stockwell - As a child actor under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer he first came to the public's attention in films such as "Anchors Aweigh" and "The Green Years"; as a young adult he played a lead role in the 1957 Broadway and 1959 screen adaptations of Meyer Levin's "Compulsion", a novel based on the true-life story of Leopold and Loeb

 

Les Girls - "'Les Girls"', known as "'Cole Porter's Les Girls"', is a 1957 musical comedy film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


1958

In 1958, MGM released what is generally considered their last great musical, Arthur Freed's Cinemascope color production of "Gigi", starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jourdan add something

 

Dorothy Dandridge - In 1958, soon after the French release of "Tamango", Dandridge lined up a co-starring role in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's off-beat thriller "The Decks Ran Red"


1960

By 1960, MGM had released all of its contract players, with many either retiring or moving on to television add something

 

Andy Hardy - In the 1960s, NBC considered an Andy Hardy TV series, and MGM shot a pilot episode for the network in early 1962

 

Gigi (1958 film) - The film is considered the last great MGM musical and the final great achievement of the Freed Unit, headed by producer Arthur Freed, although he would go on to produce several more films, including the musical "Bells Are Ringing" in 1960


1961

In 1961, MGM resumed the release of new Tom and Jerry shorts, and production moved to Rembrandt Films in Prague, Czechoslovakia under the supervision of Gene Deitch add something


1963

Chuck Jones - In 1963, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contracted with Sib Tower 12 to have Jones and his staff produce new "Tom and Jerry" cartoons as well as a Television adaptation of all Tom and Jerry theatricals produced to that date

 

Norway Corporation - "The Lieutenant," a 1963-1964 NBC and MGM Television series about the United States Marine Corps that starred Gary Lockwood as Lieutenant William Rice, was the first series he created and produced


1965

The Animals - As 1965 ended, the group ended its association with Most, signed a new deal with their American label MGM Records for the US and Canada, switched to Decca Records for the rest of the world and MGM Records producer Tom Wilson, who gave them more artistic freedom

 

Robert Morley - He narrated the Chuck Jones *award-winning 1965 cartoon The Dot and the Line, a 10-minute animated short film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


1966

Edgar Bronfman, Sr. purchased a controlling interest in MGM in 1966 , and in 1967 Time Inc. became the company's second-largest shareholder add something


1967

Weitman moved over to Columbia in 1967 and O'Brien was forced to resign a few years later add something

 

"Tom and Jerry" folded in 1967, and the animation department continued with television specials and one feature film, "The Phantom Tollbooth" add something


1968

Barbara Babcock - In 1968 she made her debut on the big screen in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer western movie "Day of the Evil Gun", followed by roles in the films "Heaven with a Gun", co-starring Glenn Ford, "Bang the Drum Slowly", "Chosen Survivors", "The Black Marble", "Back Roads" and "The Lords of Discipline"


1969

In 1969, MGM was sold to the Canadian investor Edgar Bronfman, Sr., whose son Edgar, Jr. (Edgar_Bronfman,_Jr.) would later buy Universal Studios add something

 

EMI Films - A subsidiary of the record company & EMI, the name was not used throughout the entire period of EMI's involvement in the film industry, from 1969 to 1986, but the company's brief connection with MGM and Anglo-EMI, the division under Nat Cohen, and the later company as part of the Thorn EMI conglomerate are discussed here


1970

Debbie Reynolds - Reynolds has amassed a large collection of movie memorabilia, beginning with the landmark 1970 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer auction, and displayed them, first in a museum at her Las Vegas hotel and casino during the 1990s and later in a museum close to the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles .

 

EMI Films - In April 1970 EMI struck up a co-production agreement with MGM


1973

With the decline in output, Kerkorian closed MGM's sales and distribution offices in 1973 and outsourced those functions to United Artists add something


1974

Another portion of the back lot was sold in 1974 add something


1975

The MGM Recording Studios were sold in 1975 add something

 

The Sunshine Boys (film) - "'The Sunshine Boys"' is a 1975 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross and produced by Ray Stark, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and based on the play of the same name by Neil Simon, about two legendary comics brought together for a reunion and revival of their famous act


1978

Annie Potts - Potts made her debut on the big screen in 1978 in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comedy film "Corvette Summer", with Mark Hamill


1979

In 1979, Kerkorian declared that MGM was now primarily a hotel company add something

 

Columbia Pictures - 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


1980

The company hit a symbolic low point in 1980 when David Begelman, earlier let go by Columbia following the discovery of his acts of forgery and embezzlement, was installed as MGM's President and CEO. Kerkorian did, however, commit to increased production and an expanded film library when he bought United Artists in 1981 add something


1981

MGM proceeded to get back into theatrical distribution in 1981 with its purchase of United Artists, as UA's parent company Transamerica Corporation decided to let go of the studio following the failure of "Heaven's Gate" add something

 

Universal Studios - It was replaced by United International Pictures in 1981, when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer joined the fold


1983

Yentl (film) - "'Yentl"' is a 1983 romantic musical drama film from MGM, and directed, co-written, co-produced, and starring Barbra Streisand based on the play of the same name by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer, itself based on Singer's short story "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy"


1986

Turner acquired the MGM library during its brief ownership of the company in 1986 add something

 

Lorimar Television - In 1986, Lorimar merged with television syndication firm Telepictures, becoming "'Lorimar-Telepictures"'; later that year, they purchased the MGM lot from Ted Turner

 

His Turner Entertainment Group had risen to success in part through its ownership of the pre-May 1986 MGM library add something


1988

In July 1988, Kerkorian announced plans to split MGM and UA into separate studios add something


1989

In 1989, Australian-based Qintex attempted to buy MGM from Kerkorian, but the deal collapsed add something


1990

MGM was bought by Pathé Communications in 1990, but Parretti lost control of Pathé and defaulted on the loans used to purchase the studio add something


1991

In 1991, "Thelma and Louise" became a critical and commercial hit for MGM, something that was increasingly rare at the time add something


1996

Even more deeply in debt, MGM was purchased by Australia's Seven Network in 1996 add something


1997

Babes in Toyland (operetta) - An animated film version, with a new plot and only one of the original songs, was released in 1997 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, James Belushi, Bronson Pinchot and Lacey Chabert

 

Orion Pictures - In 1997, Metromedia sold Orion to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with the deal finalized in late 1998

 

" July 26, 1997; Spelling, Ian. "Anderson Leaps Into 'Stargate' add something


1998

Filmways - Today, most of the Filmways library, including "Green Acres", "The Addams Family", "Cagney & Lacey" , "Death Wish II" , "The Hollywood Squares", and "Mister Ed" is owned by MGM until Orion Pictures was quietly relaunched by MGM in September 11, 2014


1999

For some time after the sale, MGM continued to handle home video distribution of its films; those rights were reassigned to Warner Home Video in 1999 add something

 

" June 22, 1999; "MGM Preps O'Seas Ops As Fox Waits In Wings add something


2000

In 2000 MGM announced that it was moving its headquarters to a new building in Century City that was to be the first high-rise in Los Angeles to be completed in the 21st century add something

 

In 2000, MGM changed the way it distributed its products internationally add something


2001

Priscilla Betti - When Priscilla was eleven years old, she visited the show "Drôles de petits champions", February 23, 2001, on TF1, and was noticed by a producer from the American company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Patrick Debort

 

Priscilla (French singer) - When she was eleven years old, she visited the show "Drôles de petits champions", February 23, 2001, on TF1, she was spotted by the producer of the American company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Patrick Debort


2004

TPG Capital - TPG ventured into the film business in late 2004 in the major leveraged buyout of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

 

After a three-way bidding war which involved Time Warner and General Electric, MGM was acquired on September 23, 2004, by a partnership led by Sony Corporation of America, Comcast, Texas Pacific Group , Providence Equity Partners, and other investors add something


2006

MGM negotiated and struck deals with The Weinstein Company, Lakeshore Entertainment, Bauer Martinez, and many other independent studios, and announced its plans to release 14 feature films for 2006 and early 2007 add something

 

Eric Goldberg (film director) - He animated the title sequence of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 2006 remake of "The Pink Panther", with Bob Kurtz of Kurtz and Friends

 

James Bond in video games - This fact, which would lead MGM to lose millions in licensing fees, along with EA's commitment to move away from movie franchise games and focus more on internal IPs, led the company to abandon the Bond franchise in May 2006

 

On May 31, 2006 MGM announced that it would transfer its home video output from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment add something

 

The Hobbit (film series) - In September 2006, the new ownership and management of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, expressed interest in teaming up with New Line and Jackson to make "The Hobbit"


2007

In October, the company launched MGM HD on DirecTV, offering a library of movies formatted in Hi Def. Also in 2007, MGM sold its distribution rights for countries outside of the United States to 20th Century Fox add something

 

MGM hoped to increase the amount to over 20 by 2007 add something

 

In April 2007, it was announced that MGM movies would be able to be downloaded through Apple's iTunes service, with MGM bringing an estimated 100 of its existing movies to iTunes service, the California-based computer company revealed add something


2008

MGM served as New Line's barter sales rep in the television arena until 2008 add something

 

Epix (TV channel) - The channel's initial film output involved Paramount films released after 2008, MGM and Lionsgate releases from 2009 onward, as well as content from the individual studios' film libraries

 

Epix (TV channel) - Paramount's distribution contract with Showtime expired in January 2008, while MGM and Lionsgate's contracts expired at the end of 2008

 

Epix (TV channel) - The channel's formation was announced on April 21, 2008, after negotiations between Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lions Gate Entertainment with Showtime on new film output deals broke down, the result of a failure between the studios and Showtime to reach an agreement on compensation for providing the channel with each studio's film content

 

MGM teamed up with Weigel Broadcasting to launch a new channel titled This TV on November 1, 2008 add something

 

On November 10, 2008, MGM announced that it will release full-length films on "YouTube" add something


2009

Yentl (film) - It was released on DVD by MGM on February 3, 2009 as a two-disc "Director's Extended Cut" in the widescreen format

 

The facility was originally constructed for the venerable William Morris talent agency, but had remained all but unoccupied until MGM's move because of the agency's merger with Endeavor Talent Agency in April 2009 add something

 

The two companies disagreed over splitting these costs, and ended their agreement acrimoniously in April 2009 add something

 

In May 2009, MGM's auditor gave the company a clean bill of health, concluding it was still on track to meet its debt obligations add something

 

MGM Resorts International - Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian and his Tracinda Corporation were, until May 2009, the majority shareholders of MGM Mirage; Kerkorian was the former owner of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio, from which MGM Grand derived its name

 

After being installed in August 2009 as MGM's new CEO, Stephen Cooper tried to convince MGM's lenders that they should restructure the company's long-term debt in order to allow the studio to continue with its current business model add something

 

On October 1, 2009, the studio's new leadership negotiated a forbearance agreement with its creditors under which interest payments due from September to November 2009 did not have to be paid until December 15, 2009 add something

 

On November 12, 2009, MGM announced it was "beginning a process to explore various strategic alternatives including operating as a standalone entity, forming strategic partnerships and evaluating a potential sale of the company add something

 

As of early December 2009, 16 companies had expressed interest in purchasing all or parts of MGM, although only two had actually negotiated a confidentiality agreement that would allow them to examine MGM's financial statements add something


2010

MGM announced that its creditors agreed to a forbearance on the company's debt payments originally until January 31, 2010, but the forbearance was extended to March 31, 2010 add something

 

MGM stated in February 2010 that the studio would likely be sold in the next 4 months, and that its latest film, "Hot Tub Time Machine", may be one of the last four films to bear the MGM name add something

 

Sahara India Pariwar - In September 2010, the company was in talks to acquire MGM Studios, but the deal collapsed

 

On November 3, 2010, MGM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy add something

 

On December 2, 2010, the Federal Bankruptcy Court approved MGM's Chapter 11 reorganization plan add something

 

On December 17, 2010, the company laid off about 50 staff members add something

 

On December 20, 2010, MGM executives announced that the studio had emerged from bankruptcy add something

 

After MGM emerged from bankruptcy, on December 23, 2010, MGM named Ann Mather, the ex-Pixar CFO to head MGM's new board of directors add something


2011

On January 4, 2011, MGM and Weigel Broadcasting announced plans to distribute Me-TV nationwide add something

 

The deal was finalized on April 13, 2011 add something

 

MGM vacated its namesake tower on August 19, 2011 add something

 

Since August 22, 2011, its headquarters have been in Beverly Hills, California add something


2012

In 2012, UK company Park Circus assumed worldwide re-issue distribution rights to the library on behalf of MGM. add something

 

The Terminator - In late 2012, the film was re-released on Blu-ray, this time with a transfer by MGM, which features improved sharpness compared to Sony's 2006 Blu-ray, and revised color grading, as well as expanded extra material, such as deleted scenes and a making-of feature

 

On October 3, 2012, Birnbaum announced his intention to exit his role as an MGM executive and return to "hands-on" producing add something


2013

Ryan Coogler - In July 2013, it was reported that MGM had offered Coogler to direct "Creed", an upcoming spinoff of the Rocky films

 

Kevin McClory - On November 15, 2013 MGM and Danjaq, LLC announced they have acquired all rights and interests of the estate of Kevin McClory


2014

In 2014 MGM introduced The Works, a channel available in 31 percent of the country, including stations owned by Titan Broadcast Management add something

 

United Artists - In 2014, MGM acquired controlling interest in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's entertainment assets, resulting in another relaunch of United Artists

 

Raging Bull - In 2014, the Supreme Court held that Petrella's suit survived MGM's defense of "laches", the legal doctrine that protects defendants from unreasonable delays by potential plaintiffs

 

In May 2014, MGM introduced The Works, a channel available in 31 percent of the country, including stations owned by Titan Broadcast Management add something


2015

On November 6, 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment's distribution deal to co-produce the James Bond film series with MGM and Eon Productions expired with the release of SPECTRE, and it's widely understand that 007 will find a new studio home come James Bond 25 add something


2016

But, on June 27, 2016, the deal was renewed and extended again and will expire in June 2020 add something


2017

As of 2017, MGM currently co-produces, co-finances and co-distributes a majority of films with Warner Bros. add something

 

In March 2017, MGM announced a multi-year distribution deal with Annapurna Pictures for some international markets and for include home entertainment, theatrical and television rights add something

 

Later on October 31, 2017, the two companies formed a US distribution joint venture add something


2018

On May 24, 2018, it was reported that Universal Pictures won the rights add something


2019

On February 5, 2019, Annapurna and MGM rebranded and expanded their US distribution joint venture as United Artists Releasing, marking another revival of the United Artists brand, with the Orion Pictures distribution team and films joining the venture add something

 

In April 2019, MGM signed a two-year, first look deal for films with Smokehouse Pictures, owned by George Clooney and Grant Heslov add something