A production house refers to a company that is in charge for the development and production of films. In some cases the production house may also be responsible for raising the funds for the film. Sometimes they also sell their products to a film studio or presenting it in a theatrical venue.
In the recent times we will find that the actors, directors, producers, writers of Hollywood have started opening their own production houses because of the fact that this gives them a good opportunity of controlling their careers. Let us go through the details of these production houses of Hollywood.
In the late 1960s Francis Ford Coppola production company hong kong started American Zoetrope, which was considered as an early adoption of digital filmmaking. The studio had produced the films of renowned filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, etc. In fact four films produced by this production house are included in the list of top100 film by American Film Institute. Till date the films that have been produced by American Zoetrope have received fifteen Academy Awards and sixty-eight nominations.
Columbia Pictures Industries is an American production and distribution house that is a part of Columbia Tristar Motion Picture group. This production house was established in 1924 and is working in collaboration with MGM movie studio. In the year 1989 the electronic giant Sony bought Columbia Pictures. Sony spent nearly 100 million dollar and started off with Sony pictures studio. Some of the films that come under the Columbia Pictures are Batman and Robin, The Legend of Zorro, Spiderman, Anaconda, etc.
Paramount Pictures Corporation based in Hollywood, California was founded in 1912 and is one of the oldest running production houses of America. Paramount was the first successful nation wide distributor. The year 1980 and 1990 proved to be a fortune for Paramount Pictures because it generated hits like Flash dance, Raiders of the lost Ark, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mission Impossible, etc.
Warner Brother Entertainment is the third oldest American production house meant for both film and television. In the late 1990, the Warner Brother obtained the rights to the vastly popular Harry Potter novels. The feature film adaptations were released in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005. The final adaptations will be released in the year 2010.
A Band Apart, was a production house created by a number of famous and acclaimed movie directors. The name of the production company was derived from a play on the French New Wave classic by a filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. The members of this production house include Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, John Woo, Tim Burton, Steve Buscemi and John Landis. Producer Lawrence Bender was a cofounder of the company and presently owns and runs the business. The movies produced by this production house include Kill Bill, From Dusk till Dawn, Four Fictions, and Pulp Fiction, etc.