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September 24, 1993 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES MOVIE EDITOR
The president of Gramercy Pictures fired off a letter Thursday to the heads and marketing presidents at all of the Hollywood studios soliciting support for a protest of what he believes is the Motion Picture Assn. of America's unfair censorship of review quotes in movie ads.
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September 28, 1999 | JAMES BATES
Universal Pictures is starting a division to handle specialty films, an increasingly lucrative business for studios that have found they can make sizable profits from independent movies, the Seagram Co. unit said Monday. The company named former Gramercy Pictures executive Claudia Gray and Paul Hardart, a strategic-planning executive with Universal, to run the unit. Gray was named executive vice president, Hardart senior vice president.
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BUSINESS
January 9, 1996 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
European entertainment conglomerate PolyGram agreed on Monday to buy out MCA Inc.'s 50% stake in their Gramercy Pictures joint venture. Gramercy, which was established in 1992, is a distributor of smaller, specialized pictures for both PolyGram and MCA's Universal Pictures unit. The bulk of the films distributed to date have been PolyGram-financed films, with the biggest hit being PolyGram's "Four Weddings and a Funeral."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 1996 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the power failed across nine Western states last Saturday, a lightbulb went on at Gramercy Pictures. The massive outage provided the perfect marketing hook for "The Trigger Effect," a film starring Elisabeth Shue and Kyle MacLachlan that might have been lost in the box-office nether world of Labor Day weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 1996 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the power failed across nine Western states last Saturday, a lightbulb went on at Gramercy Pictures. The massive outage provided the perfect marketing hook for "The Trigger Effect," a film starring Elisabeth Shue and Kyle MacLachlan that might have been lost in the box-office nether world of Labor Day weekend.
BUSINESS
May 21, 1992 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking a cheaper and more effective way to market lower-budget movies, Universal Pictures and Polygram Filmed Entertainment are launching a North American distribution venture, the companies announced Wednesday. The joint venture, named Gramercy Pictures, will market and distribute films that are supplied by both partners. Gramercy will be headed by Russell Schwartz, the former executive vice president of Miramax Films.
BUSINESS
September 28, 1999 | JAMES BATES
Universal Pictures is starting a division to handle specialty films, an increasingly lucrative business for studios that have found they can make sizable profits from independent movies, the Seagram Co. unit said Monday. The company named former Gramercy Pictures executive Claudia Gray and Paul Hardart, a strategic-planning executive with Universal, to run the unit. Gray was named executive vice president, Hardart senior vice president.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1997
"When We Were Kings," which also opens today, is an excellent documentary, 22 years in the making, about the classic heavyweight championship fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali known as "The Rumble in the Jungle." The Gramercy Pictures film was originally reviewed by Kenneth Turan on Oct. 25. On Tuesday, it was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary.
NEWS
August 19, 1998 | MARK EHRMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Hundreds gathered Monday night to witness a spectacle about sexual impropriety and deceit. Not the one broadcast live on all the networks, but the premiere of Gramercy Pictures' "Your Friends & Neighbors" at the Directors Guild of America theater. "On this evening of high national security, I'm glad you could all make it out," joked Gramercy Pictures' President Russell Schwartz, addressing the audience at the same time President Clinton was addressing the nation.
BUSINESS
February 11, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Seagram Co. said Wednesday that it will keep the international operations of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment after talks to sell the division to a Saudi Arabian prince broke down last week. Seagram's Universal Studios said it will integrate the PolyGram businesses, which it obtained through its $10.4-billion purchase of PolyGram. Stewart Till will continue to head the international film and video operations of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1996 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
European entertainment conglomerate PolyGram agreed on Monday to buy out MCA Inc.'s 50% stake in their Gramercy Pictures joint venture. Gramercy, which was established in 1992, is a distributor of smaller, specialized pictures for both PolyGram and MCA's Universal Pictures unit. The bulk of the films distributed to date have been PolyGram-financed films, with the biggest hit being PolyGram's "Four Weddings and a Funeral."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 1993 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES MOVIE EDITOR
The president of Gramercy Pictures fired off a letter Thursday to the heads and marketing presidents at all of the Hollywood studios soliciting support for a protest of what he believes is the Motion Picture Assn. of America's unfair censorship of review quotes in movie ads.
BUSINESS
May 21, 1992 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking a cheaper and more effective way to market lower-budget movies, Universal Pictures and Polygram Filmed Entertainment are launching a North American distribution venture, the companies announced Wednesday. The joint venture, named Gramercy Pictures, will market and distribute films that are supplied by both partners. Gramercy will be headed by Russell Schwartz, the former executive vice president of Miramax Films.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1993 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Hail to the Chief: Moviegoers voted for "Dave" over the weekend. The Warner Bros. comedy, starring Kevin Kline as President, rose to the No. 1 spot at the box office with $8.5 million in earnings, according to early industry estimates. "Dave" switched places with last week's No. 1 film--Columbia's "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," now in second place with $6.1 million. In third was Gramercy Pictures' newcomer "Posse," the comic Western directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles, which grossed $5.
HEALTH
June 1, 1998 | SHARI ROAN
"Go Now" Gramercy Pictures Produced by Andrew Eaton Directed by Michael Winterbottom Now playing in Southern California movie theaters 88 minutes Not rated (contains sexuality and profanity) The discovery and ultimate acceptance of chronic illness and disability is nicely portrayed in this sweet movie starring Robert Carlyle of "The Full Monty" fame.
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