Roadshow Entertainment

Roadshow Entertainment (formerly Roadshow Home Video) is a division of the Australian media company Village Roadshow (formerly Roadshow Home Video and Roadshow Entertainment) that distributes films in Australia and New Zealand. Their first release was Mad Max. Roadshow Entertainment is an independent video distributor in Australia and New Zealand.

Roadshow Entertainment
IndustryFilm distribution
Founded1982 (1982)
Area served
New Zealand
ProductsHome video
OwnerVillage Roadshow
DivisionsRoadshow Films


In 1982, Village Roadshow Entertainment was founded as Roadshow Home Video. Their first batch of movie titles, released on both VHS and Betamax format, were:

  • Sex World (1978)
  • The Never Dead (aka: Phantasm, 1979)
  • Mad Max (1979, with blue cover art)
  • Insatiable (1980)
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980)
  • A Change of Seasons (1980)
  • Atlantic City (1980)
  • Scanners (1981)
  • King of the Mountain (1981)
  • Montenegro (1981)
  • Endless Love (1981)

1983: Palace Films was started as a home video distributor between Roadshow, Blake Films and private investor Antony Veccola.

In 1985, Roadshow Home Video became Village Roadshow Home Video and Premiere Home Entertainment was established. Veccola bought out the other company's stock of Palace and it ventured out into the film distribution business and opened a small number of art-house cinemas around Australia's main cities and became an independent company. Its home video release were still handled by Village Roadshow until the late 1990s.

1990: Applause Home Video and Video Selection Australia were established as a Village Roadshow label.

1993: Village Roadshow Home Video becomes Village Roadshow Entertainment.

Late 1990s: Palace home video distribution with Roadshow has been expired.

In 1999, Roadshow started releasing DVDs.

In 2008, Roadshow started releasing Blu-Rays.

2015: Roadshow buys full rights for distributing Warner Bros. Pictures titles in Australia and New Zealand rather than just those co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures.

Roadshow and Village Roadshow subsidiaries and divisions

  • Premiere Home Entertainment (1985–1993) – (a division of Village Roadshow)
  • Festival Video (1983–1990s) – (a division of Festival Mushroom Records and Warner Bros.)
  • Mushroom Video (1983–1990s) – (a division of Festival Mushroom Records and Warner Bros.)
  • Applause Home Video (c. 1990 – 1993) – (a division of Village Roadshow)
  • Reel Corporation (2000s–) - (budget division of Village Roadshow)
  • Hopscotch Films (2005–2011) – (distributed by Village Roadshow)
  • Palace Home Video/Entertainment/Films (1983–2000) – (subsidiary of Roadshow/Village Roadshow)
  • Roadshow-Lorimar Home Video (1985–1990) – (a division for distributing Lorimar releases)
  • Roadshow Music (1994–2013)[1]

Labels distributed, duplicated and re-supplied

Roadshow Entertainment has its own label named Roadshow Films, which is in turn the theatrical distribution unit of Village Roadshow. On 16 December 2014, Roadshow Films acquired a 33% stake in American film production and international sales company FilmNation Entertainment.[2] However, as of 2017, Roadshow Films' stake has since reduced to 31%.



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