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'''Columbia Pictures''' is a major Hollywood studio, now owned by Creator/{{Sony}} and based at the old Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer lot in Culver City, CA. Columbia was [[VanityPlate represented]] by the "torch lady", a conflation of the AnthropomorphicPersonification of America as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_(name) Columbia]]" with the torch of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Enlightening_the_World Liberty Enlightening the World]]".

Columbia started as CBC Film Sales in the 1920s, hit the big time with the outstanding and multi-Oscar winning success of ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' in 1934, and became a reliable front-runner after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Since it didn't own any theaters, it wasn't as affected by the UsefulNotes/FallOfTheStudioSystem, and emerged as a leader in Hollywood in TheFifties while the Big Five were left reeling by the ''United States'' vs. ''Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures'' decision. And while the rest of the industry was scared to death of the [[NewMediaAreEvil new medium]] of {{television}}, Columbia wholeheartedly embraced it, becoming one of the first big names to enter television production. Columbia started an entire division named "Creator/ScreenGems" to manage its television properties, and produced several well known shows over the years. (Screen Gems is also well known for its 196574 "[[NightmareFuel/VanityPlates S From Hell]]" VanityPlate, which has acquired a cult following on the Internet.)

As Columbia entered TheSixties, however, its brand became increasingly wishy-washy, with the studio producing both old-fashioned fare and NewHollywood-type movies. It nearly went bankrupt in the early 1970s before it was saved by a radical overhaul of the management, a partnership with Creator/WarnerBros, and a series of high-profile star vehicles. By 1982, Columbia was healthy again and was purchased by an unlikely suitor: Coca-Cola. The marriage didn't last long, though, as Columbia had few hits during this time (aside from the blockbuster ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' franchise). After making two key purchases in the mid-1980s (Creator/NormanLear's and Creator/MervGriffin's television holdings) and a major flop in ''Film/{{Ishtar}}'', Coke spun the company off in 1987 under the newly formed Columbia Pictures Entertainment entity, owning 49% of the the stand-alone company. During the same year, CPE acquired the remaining stake of Creator/TriStarPictures (which Columbia partially owned at the time) from Creator/{{HBO}} following another major flop, ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', bringing them fully to the fold and merging them with Columbia. Sony bought CPE in 1989, including the merged Columbia/[=TriStar=], and has held on to the two studios since. Due to these ownerships by prominent consumer brand-names, too many films from the studio to count feature ProductPlacement from the owners. (The Sony logo, with slogan, now appears at the end of credit rolls just to drive it in.) In addition to the flagship Columbia label and the [=TriStar=] label (now mainly used for DTV movies, acquisitions and genre films), they operate ''Destination Films'' (anime and "low-profile" films), ''Sony Pictures Classics'' (the art-house label), ''Triumph Films'' (which started out as a joint venture with France's Gaumont in the 80s, before being reused as the low-budget/DTV label, before being shut down in 2008), ''Affirm Films'' (Christian films), and a revived Screen Gems, which now mainly distributes horror and other genre films.

!!Films produced by Columbia include:
[[index]]
* ''Film/NineteenFortyOne'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
* ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen''
* ''Film/AfterEarth''
* ''Film/AirForceOne''
* ''Film/AlmostFamous'' (with Creator/{{Dreamworks}} and Vinyl Films)
* ''Film/TheAmericanPresident''
* ''[[Film/{{Annie1982}} Annie]]''
* ''Film/{{Awakenings}}''
* ''Film/BicentennialMan'' (with Creator/TouchstonePictures)
* ''Film/TheBigChill''
* ''Film/BlueThunder''
* ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai''
* ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie''
* ''Film/TheCableGuy''
* ''Film/CantHardlyWait''
* ''Film/CaptainPhillips''
* ''Film/CitySlickers''
* ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' and its sequel
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''
* ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode''
** ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons''
* ''Film/TheDevilsOwn''
* ''Film/DidYouHearAboutTheMorgans''
* ''Film/DrStrangelove''
* ''Film/EasyRider''
* ''Film/ErinBrockovich'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
* ''Film/{{Evolution}}'' (with Creator/DreamWorks)
* ''Film/FailSafe''
* ''Film/AFewGoodMen''
* ''Film/AFineMess''
* ''Film/TheFifthElement''
* ''Literature/FromHereToEternity''
* ''Film/{{Gandhi}}''
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' and its sequel
* ''Film/GhostRider''
* ''Film/TheGiantClaw''
* ''Film/{{Go}}''
* ''Film/GroundhogDay''
* ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner''
* ''Film/{{Hancock}}''
* ''Film/{{Head}}''
* ''Film/{{Hitch}}''
* ''Film/{{Holiday}}''
* ''Film/TheHoliday'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
* ''Film/IdleHands''
* ''Film/InTheLineOfFire''
* ''Film/{{Ishtar}}''
* ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight''
* ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts''
* ''Film/TheKarateKid''
* ''Film/KramerVsKramer''
* ''Film/KungFuHustle''
* ''Film/LadyForADay''
* ''Film/TheLastPictureShow''
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''
* ''Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn''
* ''Film/LeonardPart6''
* ''Film/LostHorizon''
* ''Film/MajorDundee''
* ''Theatre/AManForAllSeasons''
* The ''Film/MenInBlack'' trilogy
* ''Film/MrDeedsGoesToTown''
* ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''
* ''Film/MoscowOnTheHudson''
* ''Film/TheMouseThatRoared''
* ''Film/MurderByDeath''
* ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}''
* ''Film/OnTheWaterfront''
* ''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason''
* ''Film/ThePatriot'' (2000)
* ''Film/ThePeopleVsLarryFlynt''
* ''Film/{{Perfect}}''
* ''Film/PineappleExpress''
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' (with Creator/WarnerBros)
* ''Film/ShipOfFools''
* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''
** ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''
*** ''Film/SpiderMan''
*** ''Film/SpiderMan2''
*** ''Film/SpiderMan3''
** ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries''
*** ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''
*** ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''
*** ''Film/SinisterSix''
* ''Film/StandByMe''
* ''Literature/TheStepfordWives'' (1975)
* ''Film/StirCrazy''
* ''Film/{{Stripes}}''
* ''Film/{{Superbad}}''
* ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree''
* ''Film/TalladegaNights''
* ''Film/TaxiDriver''
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' (international distribution for the [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third]] and [[Film/TerminatorSalvation fourth]] movies, distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Creator/WarnerBros)
* Music/MichaelJackson's ''This Is It''
* ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' shorts and features
* ''Film/{{Tootsie}}''
* ''Film/ToSirWithLove''
* ''Film/WhiteHouseDown''
* ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou''
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty''
* ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''

!!Live-action TV shows produced by Screen Gems or Columbia Pictures Television include:
* ''Series/BarneyMiller'' (distribution only)
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''
* ''Casey Jones''
* ''Series/DawsonsCreek''
* ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'' (1959 live-action)
* ''Series/DesigningWomen''
* ''The Donna Reed Show''
* ''Series/EarlyEdition''
* ''Series/FatherKnowsBest''
* ''Series/FreeSpirit''
* ''TheFlyingNun''
* ''Gidget''
* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''
* ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' (distributed in association with Creator/{{CBS}})
* ''Series/TheMonkees''
* ''Police Story''
* ''Police Woman''
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster''
* ''Series/{{Quark}}''
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
* ''Series/TheTick''
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''
* ''Series/WhatsHappening''

!!Animated films and shows produced by Creator/ColumbiaCartoons or Columbia Pictures:
* ''WesternAnimation/AlienatorsEvolutionContinues'' (with Creator/DreamworksAnimation)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}'' (also with Creator/DICEntertainment)
* ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheCrow''
* ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Series''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' (with Creator/DICEntertainment)
* The UPA cartoon series, including
** "[[WesternAnimation/GeraldMcBoingBoing Gerald McBoing-Boing]]"
** ''WesternAnimation/MrMagoo''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheUnicornInTheGarden''

!!Shows created by Creator/MervGriffin (distributed by Creator/{{CBS}} for historical reasons):
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune''

!!Shows from the Creator/NormanLear and Embassy catalog:
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily''
** ''TheJeffersons''
** ''Series/{{Maude}}''
*** ''Series/GoodTimes''
* ''Series/DiffrentStrokes''
** ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''
* ''Series/SanfordAndSon''
* ''Series/WhosTheBoss''

!!Shows from Spelling-Goldberg Productions:
* ''Series/CharliesAngels''
* ''Series/HartToHart''
* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch''
* ''Series/TJHooker''
[[/index]]
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