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Samuel Goldwyn Company

The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Inc.
Former type Corporation
Fate Acquired by Orion Pictures (1996)
Successor(s) Goldwyn Entertainment Co.
Goldwyn Films
Orion Pictures
Samuel Goldwyn Films
United Artists
Founded November 9, 1979
Founder(s) Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.
Defunct 1997
Owner(s) Independent (1979-1996)
Metromedia (1996-1997)
MGM (1997-present)
Divisions Samuel Goldwyn Television
Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment
Heritage Entertainment, Inc.

The Samuel Goldwyn Company was an independent film company founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., the son of the famous Hollywood mogul, Samuel Goldwyn, in 1979.

Background

The company originally distributed and acquired art-house films from around the world to U.S. audiences; they soon added original productions to their roster as well, starting with The Golden Seal in 1983.

In succeeding years, the Goldwyn company was able to obtain (from Samuel Sr.'s estate) the rights to all films produced under Samuel Goldwyn, including the original Bulldog Drummond (1929), Arrowsmith (1931), and Guys and Dolls (1955). The company also acquired some distribution rights to several films and television programs that were independently produced but released by other companies, including Sayonara, the Hal Roach-produced Laurel & Hardy-starring vehicle Babes in Toyland (1934), the Flipper TV series produced by MGM Television, the Academy Award-winning Tom Jones (1963), and the Rodgers and Hammerstein film productions of South Pacific (1958), Oklahoma! (1955), as well as the CBS Television adaptation of Cinderella (1965).

Animated films include The Care Bears Movie, The Chipmunk Adventure, and Rock-a-Doodle. Among the television programs in the Goldwyn company's library are the television series American Gladiators and Steve Krantz's miniseries Dadah is Death.

In 1991, after a merger with Heritage Entertainment, Inc., the company went public as Samuel Goldwyn Entertainment. Heritage and Goldwyn attempted to merge during late 1990, but the plans fell apart while Heritage went through a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.[1] That company and its library were acquired by Metromedia in 1996 for US$125 million,[2] and in 1997, sold to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[3]

The company was renamed Goldwyn Films and operated as MGM's speciality films unit. In 1999, Samuel Goldwyn sued MGM and Metromedia over his departure and the use of the Goldwyn name given that the name was made up. Goldwyn Films changed its name to G2 Films as part of the settlement.[4] Goldwyn has since gone on to found Samuel Goldwyn Films. This successor company has continued to release independent films such as What tнe #$*! Dө ωΣ (k)πow!? [a quantum table] and the Academy Award-nominated The Squid and the Whale.

Filmography

expanding it with reliably sourced additions.

Other names

  • Samuel Goldwyn Entertainment
  • Goldwyn Entertainment Company
  • G2 Films

Successor

Notes and references

See also

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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