Film Production Companies



For film production companies there are six major film studios in the United States/North America. They are always in heated "friendly" competition with each other and always seeking to expand the scope of their film production and other media operations.

FOX ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

The first company I will mention of the big film production companies is Fox Film Corporation which was established in 1915 by by William Fox (Hungarian immigrant Wilhelm Fried) who had bought a failing New York nickelodeon in 1904. In 1935, they merged with Twentieth Century, creating the famous Twentieth Century Fox. In 1981, Marvin Davis bought Twentieth Century Fox, and in 1998 Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation bought it. Fox Entertainment Group became incorporated in 1998 and extends to television news and entertainment as well as films.

Fox's head office is located at:

10201 W. Pico Blvd., Bldg. 100, Ste. 3220Los Angeles, CA 90035

PARAMOUNT PICTURES

One of the bigger film production companies, is nearly the size geographically of Disneyland, and began in 1913. They moved from their rented horse barn near Sunset & Vine to a 1917-built studio on Gower Street in 1926. Mae West, W.C. Fields, Mary Pickford, Cecil B. DeMille, and D.W. Griffith were all associated with Paramount in the early years. Paramount eventually absorbed RKO Studios, which had produced "It's a Wonderful Life", in the late 1950s. Viacom bought Paramount in 1994 and CBS TV studios in 1999, and then the Paramount arm bought Dreamworks in 2005. The string of successful movies and TV shows produced by Paramount before and after the merger with Viacom is absolutely huge.

They are located at:

5555 Melrose Ave., Ste. 121Hollywood, CA 90038

SONY/COLUMBIA PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

Another of the big film production companies is Sony Pictures Entertainment which produces Columbia Pictures' big budget films. Columbia Pictures studio, made famous by the "Columbia Lady" who bears the torch as well as a long string of top-grossing movies, was founded in 1924, and got bought by Coca-Cola in 1982. Then, Sony bought Columbia Pictures from Coca-Cola in 1989 for $3.4 billion in what was at the time a record-setting acquisition by a Japanese firm.

Their offices are located at:

10202 W. Washington Blvd.Culver City, CA 90232

NBC UNIVERSAL

Universal film production studios opened up as a nickelodeon theater in 1906 owned German immigrant named Carl Laemmle. In 1909 he established the Independent Moving Picture Company of America along with five other businessmen involved in various creative and technical aspects of film production, so that Universal now did business in film production, distribution, and exhibition. On March 15, 1915, Laemmle the gates of Universal City were thrown open on what was then the world's pioneer self-contained community devoted to film creation.

Thomas Edison, founding father of General Electric, was one of thousands who attended the grand opening. Then in October, he came back to Universal City to dedicate the studio's state-of-the-art electric studio.

NBC first began experimenting with TV broadcasts in 1931 from atop the Empire State Building in New York. In 1939 they displayed TV broadcasting at the World's Faire, and soon after that began commercial TV broadcasts in New York city.

NBC Universal was created in May of 2004 when NBC merged with Vivendi Universal Entertainment. The film production and media giant is 80% owned by GE and 20% owned by Vivendi.

Their headquarters is at:

30 Rockefeller PlazaNew York, NY 10112

TIME WARNER

Time Warner is the largest media conglomerate on the face of the Earth. Its businesses include film production, television, publishing, and Internet media services. Warner Bros. Entertainment, comprising Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, is its film and television production arm. Warner Bros. studios were opened in 1922 and eventually became famous for animated cartoons with characters like that wascally wabbit Bugs Bunny.

Their HQ is at:

1 Time Warner CenterNew York, NY 10019

WALT DISNEY MOTION PICTURES GROUP

The Walt Disney Company's film production and distribution arm often does business under the legal fiction of Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group. The Walt Disney Corporation, another one of the bigger film production companies, owns the planet's second largest media conglomerate. Walt Disney Studios were formed in 1922 and of course became renowned for animated cartoons, even cartoon feature films. Today they produce films via several imprints including Walt Disney Pictures (formed in 1983), Touchstone, Pixar, and Miramax.

Walt Disney Headquarters is located at:

500 S. Buena Vista St.Burbank, CA 91521-9722

Getting Your Foot In The Door

If you've gotten 'your break' you probably wouldn't be reading this. A very small number get in without this technique but you gain so much by learning from the inside.

The best way to get in the door at one of the big 6 film production companies, first, is to take whatever menial job you can get. To get a job you don't necessarily need a college-level education, although that could definitely give you an edge.

You need to be inside to make friends. Networking with people over friendly conversation will prove invaluable.

You should network with people who are already employed there. Establish a friendly, professional relationship with them and be respectful but persistent. They can help you get your foot in the door and talk to the decision makers.



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