May 19, 1992 |
The filmmaking team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will enter a six-year, 18-movie deal with Universal Pictures next fall, it was announced Monday. Howard and Grazer, whose hits include "Backdraft" and "Parenthood," also announced that they were "prepared to propose" buying out the outstanding public shares of the company that they co-founded seven years ago, Imagine Films Entertainment Inc. Howard's and Grazer's agreement with Universal would become effective after Nov.
November 25, 1987 |
Staff cuts at two independent film and television companies that had only recently expanded could point toward a new round of belt-tightening among even relatively healthy small and medium producers. New World Entertainment Ltd., one of Hollywood's largest producers outside the major studios, said it is implementing cuts that could eliminate at least 5% of its approximately 850 employees.
October 22, 1996 |
Director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer aren't successful because they're brilliant businessmen. They demonstrated that for the seven years they ran Imagine Entertainment as a public company, ultimately creating little value for shareholders or themselves. But the two do know how to pick movies and to make them. And in a tough, low-margin industry, they've parlayed that talent into one of the most prosperous and long-standing partnerships in Hollywood.
November 19, 2003 |
Theodor Geisel wrote "The Cat in the Hat" using just 300 different words. When the film adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic opens Friday, young moviegoers will encounter some additional vocabulary terms, including hip-hop slang for a prostitute and a four-letter acronym for excrement. Three years after "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" became a runaway box-office hit, Hollywood is trying again to marry a leading comic with a unique voice in children's literature.
December 15, 1995 |
Imagine Entertainment, supplier of some of MCA Inc.'s biggest movie hits of recent years, including "Apollo 13" and "Parenthood," agreed to a new six-year deal that closely ties director and Imagine partner Ron Howard to the studio over that time. According to the unusual arrangement of the deal, Howard will be virtually exclusive to MCA's Universal Pictures unit. He has the option of directing one film at another studio during the six years if he chooses.
September 16, 1998 |
In one of Hollywood's biggest book auctions ever, Universal Pictures has agreed to pay as much as $9 million for the rights to two of Dr. Seuss' classics: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go." The company negotiated the deal with the widow of Theodor Geisel--otherwise known as Dr. Seuss--on behalf of Imagine Films, Universal's biggest product supplier, which plans to produce full-length, live-action movie versions of each of the books.
August 27, 1999 |
What in the heck is Imagine Entertainment--one of Hollywood's most successful production companies, with such mainstream hits as "Liar, Liar," "The Nutty Professor" and "Bowfinger"--doing producing a feature documentary on wrestling? It's certainly not for the money, since the box-office dollars documentaries ordinarily generate would hardly cover lunch for Imagine partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and President Michael Rosenberg.
August 31, 2000 |
The founders of would-be Internet entertainment site Pop.com have found an exit strategy for their once much-balleyhooed but ultimately ill-fated venture. DreamWorks SKG and Imagine Entertainment plan to fold their 10-month-old Internet operation into IFilm, a leading portal that exhibits short films and provides services to the entertainment industry.