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|Founded||June 19, 1988|
Castle Rock Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded in 1988 by Martin Shafer, director Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Glenn Padnick and Alan Horn. It is a subsidiary of Warner Bros.
Reiner named the company in honor of the Maine town that serves as the setting of several stories by Stephen King (which was named after the fictitious Castle Rock in Lord of the Flies), after the success of his film Stand by Me, which was based on The Body, a novella by King.
Reiner and Scheinman already had a production company. They were friends with Shafer, who worked with Horn at 20th Century Fox at the time. Horn was disappointed at Fox and agreed to join the trio at forming the company. Horn brought along Padnick, who was an executive at Embassy Television. In Castle Rock, Horn became the CEO, Shafer ran the film division, Padnick ran TV, and Reiner and Scheinman became involved in the development of productions.
The company was originally backed by The Coca-Cola Company, then the parent company of Columbia Pictures. Coca-Cola and Castle Rock's founders jointly owned stakes in the company. Months after the deal, Coca-Cola exited the entertainment business, and was succeeded by Columbia Pictures.
In 1989, Castle Rock was supported by another backer, Group W, a subsidiary of Westinghouse. Castle Rock later struck a deal with Nelson Entertainment, the company that owned the domestic home video rights to Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, and The Princess Bride, to co-finance Castle Rock's films.
Under the deal, Nelson also distributed the films on video in North American markets, and handled international theatrical distribution, while Columbia, which Nelson forged a distribution deal with, would receive domestic theatrical distribution rights. Some of Nelson's holdings were later acquired by New Line Cinema, which took over Nelson's duty. Columbia, shortly after the company's formation, thereafter had to re-invest with a substantial change in terms when accumulated losses exhausted its initial funding.
Reiner has stated that Castle Rock's purpose was to allow creative freedom to individuals; a safe haven away from the pressures of studio executives. Castle Rock was to make films of the highest quality, whether they made or lost money.
Castle Rock has also produced several television shows, including the sitcom Seinfeld.
In August 1993, Turner Broadcasting System agreed to acquire Castle Rock, along with co-financing partner (and eventual Castle Rock corporate sibling) New Line Cinema. The sale was completed on December 22, 1993. The motivation behind the purchase to allow a stronger company to handle the overhead.
By 1994, Castle Rock launched a foreign sales operation, Castle Rock International, and planned to produce 12-15 films annually. Castle Rock also had aspirations to distribute its own films once its deal with Columbia expired in 1998.
Turner Broadcasting later merged with Time Warner in 1996. After a failed attempt to divest the company, Time Warner integrated Castle Rock Entertainment into Warner Bros., and cut its production slate to five films per year. In January 1998, Warner and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment formed a deal to co-finance and co-distribute Castle Rock films; that deal was taken over by Universal Pictures after said studio's parent company Seagram merged with PolyGram later that year. The Warner/Universal deal expired in 2000.
MGM owns the rights to the pre-1994 Castle Rock Entertainment films because of the acquisition of the pre-1996 PolyGram Filmed Entertainment library where Nelson Entertainment was in it. Warner Bros., through Castle Rock, owns its post-1994 library and the TV rights to the pre-1994 library with the exception of Seinfeld, The Powers That Be, Thea and Boston Common.
|April 14, 1989||Winter People||Nelson Entertainment||Columbia Pictures|
|July 21, 1989||When Harry Met Sally...|
|March 16, 1990||Lord of the Flies||Nelson Entertainment||Columbia Pictures|
|October 12, 1990||Spirit of '76||Commercial Pictures|
|October 26, 1990||Sibling Rivalry||Nelson Entertainment|
|November 30, 1990||Misery|
|June 7, 1991||City Slickers|
|September 20, 1991||Late for Dinner||Granite Pictures||Columbia Pictures|
New Line Cinema
|April 24, 1992||Year of the Comet|
|August 28, 1992||Honeymoon in Vegas||Starlight|
|September 23, 1992||Mr. Saturday Night|
|December 11, 1992||A Few Good Men||Columbia Pictures|
|March 5, 1993||Amos & Andrew||New Line Cinema|
|July 9, 1993||In the Line of Fire||Columbia Pictures|
|August 27, 1993||Needful Things||Columbia Pictures|
New Line Cinema
|October 1, 1993||Malice|
|November 24, 1993||Josh and S.A.M.|
|June 10, 1994||City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold||Columbia Pictures|
|June 29, 1994||Little Big League|
|July 22, 1994||North||Columbia Pictures|
New Line Cinema
|July 29, 1994||Barcelona||Fine Line Features|
|September 23, 1994||The Shawshank Redemption||Columbia Pictures|
|January 27, 1995||Before Sunrise||Detour Filmproduction|
|March 19, 1995||For Better or Worse|
|March 24, 1995||Dolores Claiborne|
|May 19, 1995||Forget Paris|
|August 25, 1995||Beyond Rangoon|
|September 22, 1995||The Run of the Country|
|November 17, 1995||The American President||Columbia Pictures|
|December 15, 1995||Othello||Columbia Pictures|
|December 22, 1995||Dracula: Dead and Loving It|
|February 16, 1996||A Midwinter's Tale||Sony Pictures Classics|
|City Hall||Columbia Pictures|
|June 21, 1996||Lone Star|
|June 28, 1996||Striptease|
|August 14, 1996||Alaska|
|August 23, 1996||The Spitfire Grill||Gregory Productions|
|September 27, 1996||Extreme Measures|
|December 20, 1996||Ghosts of Mississippi|
|December 25, 1996||Hamlet|
|Some Mother's Son|
|January 31, 1997||Waiting for Guffman||Sony Pictures Classics|
|February 7, 1997||subUrbia||co-production with Detour Filmproduction|
|February 14, 1997||Absolute Power||Columbia Pictures|
|January 30, 1998||Zero Effect|
|February 20, 1998||Palmetto|
|April 10, 1998||My Giant|
|April 17, 1998||Sour Grapes|
|May 29, 1998||The Last Days of Disco||co-production with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Gramercy Pictures|
|August 20, 1999||Mickey Blue Eyes||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|October 15, 1999||The Story of Us||Universal Pictures|
|December 10, 1999||The Green Mile||Darkwoods Productions||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|September 15, 2000||Bait||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|September 29, 2000||Best in Show|
|October 13, 2000||Lost Souls||New Line Cinema|
|December 8, 2000||Proof of Life||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|December 22, 2000||Miss Congeniality||Village Roadshow Pictures||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|September 28, 2001||Hearts in Atlantis|
|December 21, 2001||The Majestic|
|April 19, 2002||Murder by Numbers||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|April 26, 2002||The Salton Sea|
|August 16, 2002||The Adventures of Pluto Nash||Village Roadshow Pictures||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|December 20, 2002||Two Weeks Notice|
|January 17, 2003||Kangaroo Jack||Jerry Bruckheimer Films|
|March 21, 2003||Dreamcatcher||Village Roadshow Pictures|
|May 9, 2003||A Mighty Wind|
|April 30, 2004||Envy||Baltimore Pictures||DreamWorks Pictures|
|July 2, 2004||Before Sunset||Detour Filmproduction||Warner Independent Pictures|
|November 10, 2004||The Polar Express||Golden Mean Productions, ImageMovers and Playtone||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|November 16, 2004||Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.!||Warner Bros. Family Entertainment|
|March 24, 2005||Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous||Village Roadshow Pictures||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|November 22, 2006||For Your Consideration||Warner Independent Pictures|
|February 14, 2007||Music and Lyrics||Village Roadshow Pictures||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|April 20, 2007||Fracture||New Line Cinema|
|April 20, 2007||In the Land of Women||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|July 27, 2007||No Reservations||Village Roadshow Pictures|
|October 12, 2007||Michael Clayton||Section Eight Productions and Mirage Enterprises|
|Sleuth||Sony Pictures Classics|
|January 8, 2008||The Bucket List||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|April 11, 2008||Chaos Theory||Lone Star Film Group|
|December 18, 2009||Did You Hear About the Morgans?||Relativity Media||Columbia Pictures|
|August 6, 2010||Flipped||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|November 24, 2010||Faster||State Street Pictures||CBS Films
|July 22, 2011||Friends with Benefits||Olive Bridge Entertainment||Screen Gems||Studio-credit only|
|July 6, 2012||The Magic of Belle Isle||Revelations Entertainment||Magnolia Pictures|
|May 24, 2013||Before Midnight||Detour Filmproduction and Venture Forth||Sony Pictures Classics||Studio-credit only|
|July 11, 2014||And So It Goes||Foresight Unlimited||Clarius Entertainment|
|October 8, 2014||The Rewrite||Reserve Room||Image Entertainment
|May 6, 2016||Being Charlie||Jorva Entertainment Productions and Defiant Pictures||Paladin|
|November 3, 2017||LBJ||co-production with Acacia Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings, & Star Thrower Entertainment||Electric Entertainment
|July 13, 2018||Shock and Awe||co-production with Acacia Entertainment and Savvy Media Holdings||Vertical Entertainment|