Phoenix Pictures

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Phoenix Pictures
IndustryFilm
FoundedCulver City, California (November 1995 (1995-11))
FounderMike Medavoy
Arnold Messer
Headquarters
Los Angeles, California
,
United States
Websitephoenixpictures.com

Phoenix Pictures is an American film production company that has produced films since the late 1990s with features including Black Swan (2010), Shutter Island (2010), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), The Thin Red Line (1998), and Zodiac (2007).[1]

History[edit]

Producers Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer founded Phoenix in November 1995 as an independent production company. They acquired financing from Onex Corporation, Pearson Television, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.[2][3] It struck a deal with CBS to air its movies on network television.[4] Its business model was based on packaging films to present to studios and to then navigate the films' development.

In 1996, the studio struck an exclusive deal with Showtime Networks to air its networks on pay television.[5]

Variety said Phoenix Pictures was one of the few companies to produce more than 25 films with the same executive team in place.[1]

Films[edit]

Here are the films produced by Phoenix.

1990s[edit]

Release Date Title Notes Budget Gross (worldwide)
November 15, 1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces co-production with Arnon Milchan Productions, Barwood Films and TriStar Pictures $42 million $91.6 million
December 25, 1996 The People vs. Larry Flynt co-production with Ixtlan Productions and Columbia Pictures $35 million $20.3 million
October 3, 1997 U Turn co-production with Illusion Entertainment Group and Clyde is Hungry Films; distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under the TriStar Pictures label $19 million $6.6 million
January 23, 1998 Swept from the Sea co-production with Tapson Steel Films; distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under the TriStar Pictures label N/A $283,081
September 25, 1998 Urban Legend co-production with Original Film; distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under the TriStar Pictures label $14 million $72.5 million
October 23, 1998 Apt Pupil co-production with Bad Hat Harry Productions; distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under the TriStar Pictures label $14 million $8.9 million
December 25, 1998 The Thin Red Line co-production with Fox 2000 Pictures and Geisler-Roberdeau Productions; distributed by 20th Century Fox $52 million $98.1 million
July 16, 1999 Lake Placid co-production with Rocking Chair Productions and Fox 2000 Pictures; distributed by 20th Century Fox $27-35 million $56.9 million
August 4, 1999 Dick co-production with Pacific Western Productions; distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under the Columbia Pictures label $13 million $6.3 million

2000s[edit]

Release Date Title Notes Budget Gross (worldwide)
March 31, 2000 Whatever It Takes distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under the Columbia Pictures label $32 million $9 million
August 4, 2000 Mad About Mambo co-production with USA Films N/A $65,283
September 22, 2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut co-production with Original Film; distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under the Columbia Pictures label $14 million $38.6 million
November 17, 2000 The 6th Day distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under the Columbia Pictures label $82 million $96.1 million
April 3, 2003 Basic co-production with Intermedia Films and Columbia Pictures $50 million $42.8 million
April 18, 2003 Holes co-production with Walt Disney Pictures, Walden Media and Chicago Pacific Entertainment; distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution $20 million $71.4 million
March 11, 2004 In My Country co-production with The Film Consortium, Merlin Films, UK Film Council, Industrial Development Corporation, South Africa Limited, Inside Track Productions and Robert Chartoff Productions; distributed by Sony Pictures Classics $12 million $1.49 million
July 29, 2005 Stealth co-production with Columbia Pictures, Original Film and Laura Ziskin Productions $135 million $76.9 million
September 22, 2006 All the King's Men co-production with Columbia Pictures and Relativity Media $55 million $9.5 million
March 2, 2007 Zodiac co-production with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures $65 million $84.8 million
March 9, 2007 Miss Potter co-production with the UK Film Council, BBC Films, Grosvenor Park Media and Isle of Man Film; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and The Weinstein Company $30 million $35.9 million
April 13, 2007 Pathfinder co-production with 20th Century Fox $45 million $30.8 million
July 3, 2007 License to Wed co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Robert Simonds Productions, Undergorund Films and Management and Proposal Productions $35 million $70.2 million
August 24, 2007 Resurrecting the Champ co-production with Alberta Film Entertainment, Battleplan Productions and Yari Film Group $13 million $3.2 million

2010s[edit]

Release Date Title Notes Budget Gross (worldwide)
February 19, 2010 Shutter Island co-production with Sikelia Productions, Appain Way Productions and Paramount Pictures $80 million $294.8 million
December 3, 2010 Black Swan co-production with Cross Creek Pictures, Protoza Pictures, Dune Entertainment and Fox Searchlight Pictures $13 million $330.4 million
May 18, 2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting co-production with Alcon Entertainment, What to Expect Productions and Lionsgate $40 million $84.4 million
October 2, 2015 Shanghai co-production with Barry Mendel Productions and The Weinstein Company $50 million $9.24 million
November 13, 2015 The 33 co-production with Alcon Entertainment and RatPac-Dune Entertainment; distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures $26 million $24.9 million
May 12, 2017 Absolutely Anything uncredited; co-production with Bill & Ben Productions, GFM Films and Premiere Pictures; distributed by Atlas Distribution Company N/A $3.8 million

Television[edit]

Television series/miniseries[edit]

Start Date End Date Title Network Notes Seasons Episodes
November 7, 1999 November 10, 1999 Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story CBS miniseries; co-production with Morling Manor Music & Media and CBS Productions 1 2
March 12, 2001 March 25, 2004 The Chris Isaak Show Showtime co-production with C.I. Productions, Once and Future Films, Viacom Productions and Showtime Networks 3 47
November 7, 2017 December 19, 2017 The Long Road Home National Geographic miniseries; co-production with Finngate Television and Fuzzy Door Productions 1 8
February 2, 2018 present Altered Carbon Netflix co-production with Virago Productions, Mythology Entertainment and Skydance Television 2 18

Television movies[edit]

Release Date Title Network Notes
October 21, 2001 In the Time of the Butterflies Showtime uncredited; co-production with MGM Television and Ventanarosa
December 16, 2001 Off Season co-production with Palm Avenue Pictures and Hallmark Entertainment
November 10, 2002 The Outsider co-production with Coote Hayes Productions, DEJ Productions and Hallmark Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McNary, Dave (August 26, 2011). "Phoenix Pictures to shutter in 2013". Variety.
  2. ^ Eller, Claudia; Bates, James (November 28, 1995). "2 Veteran Movie Producers Unveil Phoenix Pictures". The Los Angeles Times. p. D6.
  3. ^ Slide, Anthony (1998). The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry. Scarecrow Press. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-8108-6636-2.
  4. ^ Cox, Dan; Cox, Dan (1995-12-04). "Medavoy Rises Atop Phoenix". Variety. Retrieved 2020-04-29.
  5. ^ "COMPANY TOWN ANNEX". Los Angeles Times. 1996-03-06. Retrieved 2020-04-29.

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