W.W. Hodkinson Distribution

W.W. Hodkinson was a film distribution corporation active during the silent era. It was established and run by the pioneer William Wadsworth Hodkinson who had previously been instrumental in the foundation of Paramount Pictures. After being forced out from Paramount in 1916, Hodkinson briefly worked with Triangle Film before setting up his own independent distribution outfit in November 1917[1], purchasing Triangle's distribution network of film exchanges for $600,000. It handled more than a hundred films from 1918 until 1924, sometimes in partnership with Pathe Exchange.

In 1924 the company was sold to the financier Jeremiah Millbank, who used it as the basis of the newly-formed Producers Distributing Corporation.[2]



  1. Slide p.236-37
  2. Ward p.99


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  • Ward, Richard Lewis. When the Cock Crows: A History of the Pathé Exchange. SIU Press, 2016.
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