Creator / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

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PolyGram Filmed Entertainment was a film company created by the people at the PolyGram music company as a way to get into film production and create a viable European competitor to the Hollywood studios, which it managed to achieve. Over its decade-long existence, the company managed to produce and distribute many successful UK productions (bringing people such as Hugh Grant and Richard Curtis into worldwide fame) and producing a number of American films, occasionally in joint ventures with Disney, Warner Bros. and Universal. Indeed, they co-owned Gramercy Pictures with Universal in the 1990s, though it went under in 2000.

In comparison to normal Hollywood studios, they did not produce films themselves, but rather through several "boutique" labels, including the UK's Working Title Films, and Propaganda Films and Interscope Communications in the US. Of these, only Working Title survives as a Universal subsidiary. Similarly, their films "sort of green-lit themselves"; there wasn't much board-room decision making; it was the producers who did it.

In 1998, after the financial failures of The Big Lebowski and Barney's Great Adventure, PolyGram sold the studio to Seagram (the liquor company, and then-owners of Universal). Since Seagram had no idea on what to do with two studios, Seagram proceeded to slowly wind down the studio's operations, first by selling off the majority of its pre-1996 film holdings (which included the pre-1993 Castle Rock Entertainment back catalog, the Hemdale Film Corporation catalog and Nelson Entertainment's library holdings) to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the ITC Entertainment library to Carlton Television, and, after failing to find a buyer, absorbed what remained of PolyGram Films into Universal.

PolyGram had previously ventured into films in the early '80s, but this venture went nowhere despite successes such as An American Werewolf in London and Flashdance.

Films produced or distributed by PolyGram include:


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