Merchant Ivory Productions is a film production company founded by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory.
While the company's early productions were set in India, it is best known for its Period Drama films set in the The Edwardian Era of England, many of them adapted from novels by such authors as E. M. Forster and Henry James. The company reached its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s with a string of critically and commercial successful films. The impact of these films cemented "Merchant Ivory" as a byword for any stately period drama of manners featuring genteel characters.
Merchant Ivory is also known for its long-running Production Posse, including 23 collaborations between Merchant, Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala along with a large stable of respected British actors.