Creator / TriStar Pictures

TriStar Pictures is a division of Sony and a sister company of Columbia Pictures. Founded in 1982 as Nova Pictures by a joint venture of Columbia, CBS and HBO, the company's name changed to Tri-Star Pictures and began distributing films in 1984 (their first release was Where The Boys Are '84, a pickup from ITC). Over the next three years Columbia would buy CBS and HBO's shares of the company and finally in 1987, Columbia had taken over the whole company. Throughout its first 15 years, TriStar served as an equal to Columbia by producing similar product while also distributing the films of Carolco Pictures (an arrangement that lasted until 1994, when they switched to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who distributed most of the studio's final films).

Early on, (with a few exceptions), Tri Star's films were released on Home Video by either RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), CBS/FOX/Key Video (now 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), or Thorn-EMI/HBO/Cannon Video (now HBO Video). In 1988, following Columbia's buyout of Tri Star, Home Video distribution of films produced by the studio moved exclusively to RCA/Columbia. The Carolco films were released on the International Video Entertainment and Live Home Video labels (now Lion's Gate Entertainment), often with Tri Star's logo cut. Cliffhanger is the only Carolco film in which the rights were retained by the original distributor.

After the flop of Godzilla (1998), Sony decided to downscale TriStar and put more emphasis on its then-new B-movie division, Screen Gems. TriStar continued to exist as a division for titles acquired from different companies and the occasional Direct-to-Video product, but still managed to get a successful film every once in a while (such as District 9 and Looper).

In 2013, the TriStar brand started a resurgence. Tom Rothman, a former 20th Century Fox chairman, joined forces with other Sony executives to form TriStar Productions. TriStar Productions is intended to supplement the output of Columbia, Screen Gems, and other labels, producing up to four films a year. In addition to continuing with acquiring other companies' work, TriStar Pictures will distribute these in-house productions. In addition, the company will return to full production of TV series note  under Sony Pictures Television.

Also known for its Pegasus mascot and their fanfare, the first version of which was composed by Academy Award winner Dave Grusin (it was recomposed when the current logo debuted in 1993).

Films Released by Tri Star include:

Alternative Title(s): Tri Star Pictures