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.
|Predecessor||Imagine Films Entertainment|
|Brian Grazer (Chairman)|
Ron Howard (Chairman)
Michael Rosenberg (Co-Chairman)
|Products||Feature films, TV series|
Imagine Films Entertainment
Early on, the company sealed a production and distribution deal with Universal Pictures through 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.
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.
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 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.
- Willow (With Lucasfilm Ltd. & Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
- Vibes (With Columbia Pictures)
- Clean and Sober (With Warner Bros.)
- Cry-Baby (With Universal Pictures)
- Opportunity Knocks (With Universal Pictures)
- Kindergarten Cop (With Universal Pictures)
- Problem Child (With Universal Pictures)
- Backdraft (With Universal Pictures)
- Closet Land (With Universal Pictures)
- The Doors (With TriStar Pictures)
- My Girl (With Columbia Pictures)
- Problem Child 2 (With Universal Pictures)
- Boomerang (With Paramount Pictures)
- Far and Away (With Universal Pictures)
- HouseSitter (With Universal Pictures)
- CB4 (With Universal Pictures)
- Cop and a Half (With Universal Pictures)
- For Love or Money (With Universal Pictures)
- Greedy (With Universal Pictures)
- The Cowboy Way (With Universal Pictures)
- My Girl 2 (With Columbia Pictures)
- The Paper (With Universal Pictures)
- The Chamber (With Universal Pictures)
- Fear (With Universal Pictures)
- The Nutty Professor (With Universal Pictures)
- Ransom (With Touchstone Pictures)
- Sgt. Bilko (With Universal Pictures)
- Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (With Universal Pictures)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (With Universal Pictures)
- Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (With Universal Pictures)
- 8 Mile (With Universal Pictures)
- Blue Crush (With Universal Pictures)
- Stealing Harvard (With Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios)
- Undercover Brother (With Universal Pictures)
- The Cat in the Hat (With Universal Pictures and DreamWorks)
- Intolerable Cruelty (With Universal Pictures and Mike Zoss Productions)
- The Missing (With Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios)
- Cinderella Man (With Universal Pictures and Miramax Films)
- Flightplan (With Touchstone Pictures)
- Fun with Dick and Jane (With Columbia Pictures)
- Inside Deep Throat (With Universal Pictures)
- Curious George (With Universal Pictures)
- The Da Vinci Code (With Columbia Pictures)
- Inside Man (With Universal Pictures and 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks)
- Changeling (With Universal Pictures)
- Frost/Nixon (With Universal Pictures and StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Relativity Media)
- Take Me Home Tonight (With Relativity Media and Rogue Pictures)
- The Dilemma (with Universal Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment)
- Cowboys & Aliens (with Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Platinum Studios)
- Restless (with Sony Pictures Classics and Columbia Pictures)
- Tower Heist (with Universal Pictures and Relativity Media)
- J. Edgar (with Warner Bros. Pictures, Malpaso Productions and Wintergreen Productions)
- Rush – independently financed (with Universal Pictures, Exclusive Media, Cross Creek Pictures, Revolution Films and Working Title Films)
- Get on Up (with Universal Pictures)
- The Good Lie (with Warner Bros, Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media, and Reliance Entertainment)
- Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle (with Universal 1440 Entertainment)
- In the Heart of the Sea (with Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Roth Films)
- Inferno (with Columbia Pictures)
- Lowriders (with Universal Pictures)
- Kindergarten Cop 2 (with Universal Pictures, Universal 1440 Entertainment and Where's Arnold Productions)
- Pelé: Birth of a Legend
- The Dark Tower (with Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital and Weed Road Pictures)
- American Made (with Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures)
Its television division, Imagine Television has participated in at least twenty productions and is associated with 20th Century Fox Television.
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- Fabrikant, Geraldine (May 19, 1992). "COMPANY NEWS; Chiefs of Imagine Films Seek to Take It Private". New York Times. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- THR Staff (January 12, 2012). "Imagine Entertainment Lays Off Staff". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- Fleming Jr, Mike (May 16, 2013). "Cannes: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Introduce Imagine 2.0; A Pele Pic On The Croisette, A Crowd-Funded 'Friday Night Lights', 'Dark Tower', Jay-Z And One Angry White Whale". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- McNary, Dave (December 9, 2013). "Ron Howard, Brian Grazer Promote Erica Huggins to President of Imagine". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- Amid Amidi (April 5, 2017). "Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment Teams Up With Animal Logic for 6 Animated Features". Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- Andreeva, Nellie (20 February 2018). "Imagine Entertainment Takes Controlling Interest In Comedy Series Producer Jax Media". Deadline. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "Imagine Entertainment Company Profile – Yahoo! Finance". Biz.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- Rebecca Ford; Borys Kit. "Kate McKinnon, Mila Kunis in Talks to Star in Action-Comedy 'The Spy Who Dumped Me'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- Andreeva, Nellie (2016-02-23). "'24: Legacy': Teddy Sears Cast As Head Of CTU In Fox Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
- Andreeva, Nellie (2017-05-03). "Danny DeVito & Jeff Goldblum To Star In Amazon Comedy Series From Imagine TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
- Nellie Andreeva (January 29, 2015). "'Problem Child' Comedy Based On Movie Gets NBC Pilot Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
- "NICKELODEON AND IMAGINE KIDS+FAMILY DEVELOPING ORIGINAL LIVE-ACTION SPACE SERIES". Nickelodeon Press. June 18, 2019. Retrieved August 11, 2019.