Creator: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
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.
. Indeed, they co-owned Gramercy Pictures with Universal in the 1990s, though it went under in 2000.
In 1998, they were bought out by Seagram (then owners of Universal), who, after failing to find a buyer
, absorbed the company into Universal (though most of the company's back catalog now rests with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
PolyGram had previously ventured into films in the early '80s, but this venture went nowhere despite successes such as An American Werewolf in London
Films produced or distributed by PolyGram include: