RLJE Films

RLJ Entertainment (formerly Image Entertainment) is an American independent licensee, producer and distributor of entertainment programming and film and television productions in North America, with approximately 3,200 exclusive DVD titles and approximately 340 exclusive CD titles in domestic release, and approximately 450 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, Image has exclusive audio and broadcast rights as well as digital download rights to approximately 2,100 video programs and over 400 audio programs containing more than 6,000 tracks. The company is headquartered in Chatsworth, California.

RLJ Entertainment
Image Entertainment (1981–2018)
PredecessorVidAmerica (2007-present)
Founded1981 (1981)
HeadquartersChatsworth, Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Key people
Miguel Penella (CEO)[2]
Drew Wilson (CFO)[3]
Bill Bromiley (CAO)
ProductsDVD, Blu-ray, digital video, CD, digital audio, motion picture studio
ParentAMC Networks
Robert L. Johnson (17%)
Websitewww.image-entertainment.com us.rljentertainment.com


Founded in 1981 as a public company, Image began as a distributor of LaserDiscs, whose sound and picture quality surpassed that of VHS and Beta, the dominant tape formats of the time. Image successfully secured exclusive output deals with major studios such as Universal Studios, 20th Century Fox, and The Walt Disney Company and grew to become the dominant distributor of the format.

As the 1990s came to a close and Laserdiscs gave way to DVDs, Image re-focused on the fledgling format that quickly came to dominate the home video marketplace. While studios were busy managing the transition from VHS to DVD, Image began to acquire DVD rights to long-form music concert programs, television programming, foreign films and a broad array of special interest programming, all of which were being ignored by the major studios and music labels.

In 2005, Image signed a distribution deal with Bandai Visual to distribute select anime titles under the Honneamise label.[4] The deal ended in March 2007, when Bandai Visual switched over to Geneon USA.[5]

Image continued to work with its long term partner, Criterion Collection, as well as hundreds of independent content producers and rights holders to bring products to the marketplace. By the 10th anniversary of the DVD, Image has once again established itself as a dominant distributor of independently produced programs. In 2008, Image began to expand its release schedule to include feature films.

On August 31, 2010, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment partnered with Image Entertainment in a multi-year agreement, marketing and distributing some DVDs and Blu-rays by Image. Image retains its own sales and marketing.[6]

In May 2011, Image entered into an in-house film and television production agreement. Its latest theatrical film is 44 Inch Chest. Most recently, the company announced the pick-up of The Tall Man, starring Jessica Biel.

On April 2, 2012, it was announced that RLJ Acquisition, Inc. had entered into an agreement to acquire Image Entertainment as well as Acorn Media and plan to merge the two companies. The two companies operate under the banner "RLJ Entertainment".[7] The company was then renamed RLJ Entertainment.[8]

On July 30, 2018, AMC Networks reached a definitive agreement to acquire RLJ Entertainment where AMC would pay $59 million for the remaining RLJE shares not owned by AMC or Robert L. Johnson.[9] The transaction was approved by RLJ Entertainment's stockholders on October 31, and AMC Networks completed the acquisition on November 1.[10] RLJ Entertainment became a privately owned subsidiary of AMC Networks, with Johnson and his affiliates owning a 17% stake.

Selected releases

Feature films

Sony Pictures releases

Special interest

Television series

Stand-up comedy

Music programs


  1. Image-entertainment.com
  2. RLJ Entertainment (January 18, 2013). "RLJ Entertainment Appoints Miguel Penella CEO" (press release). Business Wire. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  3. RLJ Entertainment (May 28, 2013). "RLJ Entertainment Appoints Drew Wilson Chief Financial Officer" (press release). Business Wire. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  4. "Bandai Visual – Image Entertainment Announcement". Anime News Network. 2005-12-06. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  5. "Bandai Visual USA New Licenses and Distribution Deal". Anime News Network. 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  6. "BusinessWire" Image Entertainment Partners with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment businesswire.com, Retrieved on January 9, 2013
  7. "Site News – Press Release: RLJ Acquisition Buys Image Ent. and Acorn Media; Merge Both Into 'RLJ Entertainment'". Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  8. Vlessing, Etan (February 26, 2018). "AMC Networks to Acquire Robert Johnson's RLJ Entertainment". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  9. "AMC Networks Inc. To Acquire RLJ Entertainment, Inc". AMC Networks. July 30, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  10. "AMC Networks Inc. Completes Acquisition Of RLJ Entertainment, Inc". AMC Networks. November 1, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  11. DiVincenzo, Alex (May 30, 2011). "First image from Adam Green's Chillerama segment The Diary of Anne Frankenstein". JoBlo.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  12. Watchimage.com
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