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SCREEN GEMS is an American film production and distribution studio that is a division of Sony
Pictures Entertainment's Sony
Pictures Motion Picture Group . It has served several different purposes for its parent companies over the decades since its incorporation. The label currently specializes in genre films, namely horror.


* 1 Animation studio: 1933–1946

* 1.1 Theatrical short film series * 1.2 One-shot theatrical short films

* 2 Television
subsidiary: 1948–1974

* 2.1 Selected TV shows

* 2.1.1 Briskin Productions

* 3 Specialty feature film studio, 1998–present

* 3.1 Screen Gems
Screen Gems

* 3.1.1 1990s * 3.1.2 2000s * 3.1.3 2010s * 3.1.4 Upcoming releases

* 4 References * 5 External links


The name was originally used in 1933, when Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
acquired a stake in Charles Mintz's animation studio. The name was derived from an early Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
slogan, "Gems of the Screen"; itself a takeoff on the song " Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean ".

For an entire decade, Charles Mintz distributed his Krazy Kat
Krazy Kat
, Scrappy , and Color Rhapsody animated film shorts through Columbia Pictures. When Mintz became indebted to Columbia in 1939, he ended up selling his studio to them. Mintz's production manager became the studio head, but was shortly replaced by Mintz's brother-in-law, George Winkler. Columbia then decided to "clean house" by ousting the bulk of the staff (including Winkler), and hiring creative cartoonist Frank Tashlin . After Tashlin's short stay came Dave Fleischer , formerly of the Fleischer Studios
Fleischer Studios
, and after several of his successors came Ray Katz and Henry Binder from Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Cartoons (previously Leon Schlesinger Productions). Animators, directors, and writers at the series included people such as Art Davis , Sid Marcus, Bob Wickersham, and during its latter period, Bob Clampett
Bob Clampett

Like most studios, the Screen Gems
Screen Gems
studio had several established characters on their roster. These included Flippity and Flop , Willoughby Wren , and Tito and His Burrito. However, the most successful characters the studio had were The Fox and the Crow , a comic duo of a refined Fox and a street-wise Crow.

Screen Gems
Screen Gems
was, in an attempt to keep costs low, the last American animation studio to stop producing black and white cartoons. The final black-and-white Screen Gems
Screen Gems
shorts appeared in 1946, over three years after the second-longest holdouts ( Famous Studios
Famous Studios
and Leon Schlesinger Productions). During that same year, the studio shut its doors for good, though their animation output continued to be distributed until 1949.

The Screen Gems
Screen Gems
cartoons were only moderately successful in comparison to those of Disney , Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
, and MGM . The studio's purpose was assumed by an outside producer, United Productions of America (UPA), whose cartoons, including Gerald McBoing Boing and the Mr. Magoo series, were major critical and commercial successes.


* Color Rhapsodies (1939–1949, inherited from Charles Mintz) * Fables (1939–1942) * Phantasies (1939–1943) * Flippity and Flop (1946) * The Fox and the Crow (1940–1946) * Li\'l Abner (1944)


* How War Came (1941) * The Great Cheese Mystery (1941) * The Dumbconscious Mind (1942) * The Vitamin G-Man (1943) * He Can't Make It Stick (1943)


Screen Gems, Inc. Screen Gems
Screen Gems
"S from Hell" logo used from 1965 to 1974.

FORMER TYPE Television
subsidiary of Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures

INDUSTRY Television
production Television

FATE Renamed as Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures

SUCCESSOR Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Television (1974–2001) Columbia TriStar Television
(2001–2002) Sony
Pictures Television

FOUNDED November 1948; 68 years ago (November 1948)

DEFUNCT May 6, 1974; 43 years ago (May 6, 1974)

New York City
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California



In November 1948, Columbia borrowed the Screen Gems
Screen Gems
name for its television production subsidiary when the studio acquired Pioneer Telefilms, a television commercial company founded by Ralph Cohn in 1947, the nephew of Columbia's head Harry Cohn
Harry Cohn
. Pioneer was later reorganized as Screen Gems. The studio started its new business in New York on April 15, 1949.

By 1951, Screen Gems
Screen Gems
became a full-fledged television studio by producing and syndicating several popular shows (see below ).

By 1952, the studio had produced a series of about 100 film-record coordinated releases for television under the brand "TV Disk Jockey Toons" in which the films "synchronize perfectly with the records".

On July 1, 1956, studio veteran Irving Briskin stepped down as stage manager of Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
and form his production company BRISKIN PRODUCTIONS, INC. to release series through Screen Gems
Screen Gems
and supervise all of its productions. On December 10, 1956, Screen Gems
Screen Gems
expanded into television syndication by acquiring Hygo Television
Films (a.k.a. SERIALS INC.) and its affiliated company United Television
Films, Inc. Hygo Television
Films was founded in 1951 by Jerome Hyams, who also acquired United Television
Films in 1955 that was founded by Archie Mayers. During that year, the studio began syndicating Columbia Pictures' theatrical film library to television, including the wildly successful series of two-reel short subjects starring The Three Stooges in 1957. Earlier on August 2, 1957, they also acquired syndication rights to "Shock!" , a package of Universal horror films (later shifted to MCA TV ), which was enormously successful in reviving that genre. The name "Screen Gems," at the time, was used to hide the fact that the film studio was entering television production and distribution. Many film studios saw television as a threat to their business, thus it was expected that they would shun the medium. However, Columbia was one of a few studios who branched out to television under a pseudonym to conceal the true ownership of the television arm. That is until 1955, when Columbia decided to use the woman from its logo under the Screen Gems
Screen Gems
banner, officially billing itself as a part of "the Hollywood studios of Columbia Pictures", as spoken in announcements at the end of some Screen Gems
Screen Gems

From 1958 to 1974, under President John H. Mitchell and Vice President of Production Harry Ackerman , Screen Gems
Screen Gems
delivered classic TV shows and sitcoms: Father Knows Best , Dennis the Menace , The Donna Reed Show , Hazel , Here Come the Brides , Mr. Smith Goes to Washington , Gidget , Bewitched , I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
, The Flying Nun , The Monkees , and The Partridge Family . It was also the original distributor for Hanna-Barbera
Productions, an animation studio founded by William Hanna
William Hanna
and Joseph Barbera after leaving Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , and was also the distributor of the Soupy Sales show. The company also entered a co-production deal with Canada
's CTV Television Network and produced several shows, many of which were filmed or taped in Toronto
for distribution to Canadian stations (Showdown, The Pierre Berton Show ).

In the late 1950s, Screen Gems
Screen Gems
would also go into ownership and operation of television stations. Stations that would be owned by Screen Gems
Screen Gems
over the years would include KCPX (Salt Lake City; now KTVX , owned by Nexstar Media Group ), WVUE (New Orleans; now owned by the Louisiana Media Company), WAPA (San Juan; now owned by the Hemisphere Media Group), WNJU (Linden, NJ; now owned by NBCUniversal ), and several radio stations as well, including 50,000-watt clear channel WWVA (Wheeling WV; now owned by iHeartMedia ). As a result, in funding its acquisitions, 18% of Screen Gems' shares was spun off from Columbia and it became a publicly traded company in NYSE until 1968.

1964-1969, former child star Jackie Cooper was Vice President of Program Development. He was responsible for packaging series (such as Bewitched ) and other projects and selling them to the networks.

In 1965, Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
acquired a fifty percent interest in the New York-based commercial production company EUE, which was incorporated into Screen Gems
Screen Gems
and renamed EUE/Screen Gems . The studios were sold in 1982 to longtime Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Executive, George Cooney, shortly after Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
was sold to The Coca-Cola Company .

On December 23, 1968, Screen Gems
Screen Gems
merged with its parent company Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Corporation and became part of the newly formed Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Industries, Inc. for $24.5 million.

On May 6, 1974, Screen Gems
Screen Gems
was renamed Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Television as suggested by then-studio president David Gerber . The final notable production from this incarnation of Screen Gems
Screen Gems
before the name change was the 1974 mini-series QB VII . Columbia was, technically, the last major studio to enter television by name.

Changes in corporate ownership of Columbia came in 1982, when Coca-Cola bought the company, although continuing to trade under the CPT name. In the mid-1980s, Coca-Cola reorganized its television holdings to create Coca-Cola Television, merging CPT with the television unit of Embassy Communications as Columbia/Embassy Television, although both companies continued to use separate identities until January 4, 1988, when it and Tri-Star Television
were reunited under the CPT name. Columbia also ran Colex Enterprises , a joint venture with LBS Communications to distribute the Screen Gems library, which ended in 1988.

On December 21, 1987, Coca-Cola spun off its entertainment holdings and sold it to Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. for $3.1 billion. It was renamed to Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Entertainment, Inc., also creating Columbia/Tri-Star by merging Columbia and Tri-Star. Both studios continued to produce and distribute films under their separate names. In 1989, Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Entertainment was purchased by Sony Corporation of Japan. On August 7, 1991, Columbia Pictures Entertainment was renamed as Sony
Pictures Entertainment as a film production-distribution subsidiary, and subsequently combined CPT with a revived TriStar Television
in 1994 to form Columbia TriStar Television

The television division today is presently known as Sony
Pictures Television


programs produced and/or syndicated by Screen Gems
Screen Gems
(most shows produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions are now owned and distributed by Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Distribution , except for Jeannie and Partridge Family 2200 A.D. (see below):

* The Ford Television
Theatre (1948–57) :partial support :partial support * Burns distributed thereafter by other Columbia/ Sony
divisions) * Two Faces West (1960–1961); syndicated * My Sister Eileen (1960–1961) * Route 66 (produced by Herbert B. Leonard ) (1960–1964) (Sony surrendered the rights to the estate of Herbert B. Leonard ) * The Flintstones
The Flintstones
(produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions 1960–1966; syndicated by Screen Gems
Screen Gems
until 1974) * Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear
(1960–1963; produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions) * Top Cat
Top Cat
(1961–1962; produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions) * The Jetsons (1962–1963; produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions) * Hazel (1961–1966) * Grindl (1963–1964) * The Farmer\'s Daughter (1963–1966) * Bewitched (1964–1972; produced by Ashmont Productions 1971–1972) * Jonny Quest (1964–65; produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions) * Magilla Gorilla (1964–1967; produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions) * Peter Potamus (1964–1967; produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions) * Days of Our Lives
Days of Our Lives
(produced by Corday Productions 1965–1974; produced thereafter by Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Television, Columbia TriStar Television
and Sony
Pictures Television) * Camp Runamuck (1965–1966) * Gidget (1965–1966) * The Soupy Sales Show (1965–1966; produced by WNEW-TV New York City ) * I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
(1965–1970; produced by Sidney Sheldon Productions) * Morning Star (1965–1966) (in conjunction with Corday Productions) * The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965–1966) * Hawk (1966) * Love on a Rooftop (1966–1967) * The Monkees (1966–1968; produced by Raybert Productions ) * Adventures of the Seaspray (1967; produced by Pacific Films ) * Everybody\'s Talking (1967) * The Flying Nun (1967–1970) * The Second Hundred Years (1967–1968) * Here Come the Brides (1968–1970) * The Ugliest Girl in Town (1968–1969) * The Johnny Cash Show (1969–1970) * Playboy After Dark (1969–1970; produced by Playboy
Enterprises) * Nancy (1970–1971; produced by Sidney Sheldon Productions) * The Partridge Family (1970–1974) * The Young Rebels (1970–1971) * Getting Together (1971–1972) * The Good Life (1971–1972; produced by Lorimar Television
) * Bridget Loves Bernie (1972–1973) * The Paul Lynde Show (1972–1973; produced by Ashmont Productions ) * Temperatures Rising (1972–1973; produced by Ashmont Productions ) * Needles and Pins (1973) * Yogi\'s Gang (1973; produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions ) * The New Temperatures Rising Show (1973–1974; produced by Ashmont Productions ) * The Young and the Restless
The Young and the Restless
(produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company 1973–1974; produced thereafter by Columbia Pictures Television, Columbia TriStar Television
and Sony
Pictures Television) * Bob & Carol & Ted produced thereafter by Columbia Pictures Television
from 1974 to 1977) * Jeannie (1973–1975; produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions; Sony Pictures Television
owns the distribution rights due to the show's connection to I Dream of Jeannie) * The Girl with Something Extra (1973–1974) * Sale of the Century (1973–1974) * That\'s My Mama (1974–1975; Slated to be a Screen Gems production but produced by its successor; Columbia Pictures Television) * Partridge Family 2200 A.D. (1974–1975; Slated to be a Screen Gems production but produced by its successor; Columbia Pictures Television. Co-produced by Hanna-Barbera
Productions; Sony
Pictures Television
owns the distribution rights due to the show's connection to The Partridge Family)

Briskin Productions

* Goodyear Theatre (1957–1960) * Alcoa Theatre (1957–1960) * Casey Jones (1958) * The Donna Reed Show
The Donna Reed Show
(1958–1966; full rights belong to the estate of Donna Reed since 2008) * Manhunt (1959–1961)


The Screen Gems
Screen Gems
logo (June 4, 1999 – Fall 2014).

On December 8, 1998, Screen Gems
Screen Gems
was resurrected as a fourth specialty film-producing arm of Sony's Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. It was created after Triumph Films was closed down. Screen Gems produces and releases "films that fall between the wide-release films traditionally developed and distributed by Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
and those released by Sony
Pictures Classics ". Many of its releases are of the horror, thriller, action, comedy and urban genres, making the unit similar to Dimension Films (part of The Weinstein Company ), Hollywood Pictures (part of the Walt Disney Company ), and Rogue Pictures (currently owned by Relativity Media , but distributed by former owners Universal Studios
Universal Studios

The highest grossing Screen Gems
Screen Gems
film as of March 2017, is Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which grossed a total of $307 million worldwide so far.




June 4, 1999 Limbo

$10 million $2,160,710

July 9, 1999 Arlington Road co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment $21.5 million $41,067,311



April 5, 2000 Black and White


April 28, 2000 Timecode

$4 million

September 29, 2000 Girlfight


January 19, 2001 Snatch

$10 million $83,557,872

March 23, 2001 The Brothers

$6 million $27,958,191

April 27, 2001 The Forsaken

$15 million $7,288,451

August 24, 2001 Ghosts of Mars

$28 million $14,010,832

September 7, 2001 Two Can Play That Game

$13 million $22,391,450

January 25, 2002 The Mothman Prophecies

$42 million $54,639,865

February 1, 2002 Slackers

$14 million $6,413,915

March 15, 2002 Resident Evil

$33 million $102,441,078

October 11, 2002 Swept Away

$10 million $598,645

October 18, 2002 The 51st State

$27 million $14,439,698

November 15, 2002 Half Past Dead

$25 million $19,233,280

August 22, 2003 The Medallion theatrically released by TriStar Pictures in USA $41 million $34,268,701

September 19, 2003 Underworld
also with Lakeshore Entertainment $22 million $95,708,457

October 31, 2003 In the Cut

$12 million $23,726,793

January 30, 2004 You Got Served

$8 million $48,631,561

May 14, 2004 Breakin\' All the Rules

$10 million $12,544,254

August 27, 2004 Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

$25 million $70,992,898

September 10, 2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse

$45 million $129,394,835

February 4, 2005 Boogeyman also with Ghost House Pictures $20 million $67,192,859

March 25, 2005 Steamboy European distribution only; co-production with Sunrise , Toho
and Triumph Films $20 million $18,900,000

August 26, 2005 The Cave

$30 million $33,296,457

September 9, 2005 The Exorcism of Emily Rose

$19 million $140,238,064

October 7, 2005 The Gospel co-production with Rainforest Films $3.5 million $15,778,152

January 6, 2006 Hostel
also with Lionsgate $4.8 million $80.6 million

January 20, 2006 Underworld: Evolution also with Lakeshore Entertainment $50 million $111,340,801

February 3, 2006 When a Stranger Calls

$15 million $66,966,987

March 3, 2006 Ultraviolet

$30 million $31,070,211

September 8, 2006 The Covenant

$20 million $37,597,471

January 12, 2007 Stomp the Yard
Stomp the Yard
co-production with Rainforest Films $13 million $75,511,123

February 2, 2007 The Messengers also with Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
and Ghost House Pictures $16 million $54,957,265

April 20, 2007 Vacancy

$19 million $35,300,645

June 8, 2007 Hostel: Part II also with Lionsgate Films $10.2 million $35,619,521

September 21, 2007 Resident Evil: Extinction

$45 million $147,717,833

November 21, 2007 This Christmas co-production with Rainforest Films $13 million $50,778,121

January 11, 2008 First Sunday
First Sunday


January 25, 2008 Untraceable also with Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
and Lakeshore Entertainment $35 million $52,431,162

March 11, 2008 Outpost co-production with Newmarket Films

April 11, 2008 Prom Night co-production with Alliance Films $20 million $57,197,876

June 3, 2008 Wieners

September 19, 2008 Lakeview Terrace

$20 million $44,653,637

October 3, 2008 Nick produced by Stage 6 Films , Icon Productions , StudioCanal , the UK Film Council
UK Film Council
, Big Talk Productions and Film4 Productions $13 million $5,824,175

September 16, 2011 Straw Dogs

$25 million $10,324,441

January 20, 2012 Underworld: Awakening

$70 million $130,856,741

February 10, 2012 The Vow co-production with Spyglass Entertainment $30 million $153,214,597

April 20, 2012 Think Like a Man
Think Like a Man
co-production with Rainforest Films $12 million $96,070,507

September 14, 2012 Resident Evil: Retribution

$65 million $240,159,255

August 21, 2013 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones U.S distribution only; produced by FilmDistrict , Entertainment One , and Constantin Film $60 million $75,965,567

September 20, 2013 Battle of the Year

$20 million $14,185,460

October 18, 2013 Carrie co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
and Misher Films $30 million $82,394,288

February 14, 2014 About Last Night co-production with Rainforest Films and Olive Bridge Entertainment $13 million $49,002,684

June 20, 2014 Think Like a Man
Think Like a Man
Too co-production with Will Packer Productions $24 million $70,181,428

July 2, 2014 Deliver Us from Evil co-production with Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Ingenious Film Partners $30 million $87,937,815

September 12, 2014 No Good Deed co-production with Will Packer Productions $13 million $54,323,210

January 16, 2015 The Wedding Ringer co-production with Miramax Films
Miramax Films
, LStar Capital, and Will Packer Productions $23 million $79,799,880

September 11, 2015 The Perfect Guy

$12 million $60,185,587

February 5, 2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies co-production with Cross Creek Pictures , Sierra Pictures , MadRiver Pictures, Darko Entertainment and Handsomecharlie Films $28 million $16,374,328

August 26, 2016 Don\'t Breathe co-production with Stage 6 Films and Ghost House Pictures $9.9 million $89,985,571

September 9, 2016 When the Bough Breaks co-production with Unique Features $10 million $30,658,387

January 6, 2017 Underworld: Blood Wars co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment and Sketch Films $35 million $81,093,313

January 27, 2017 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter co-production with Constantin Film , Davis Films, Impact Pictures, Capcom
Co, Ltd. $40 million $312,242,626

Upcoming Releases


January 12, 2018 Proud Mary

Babak Najafi

May 18, 2018 Slender Man

Sylvain White

August 24, 2018 Cadaver

Diederik Van Rooijen

TBA He\'s Out There

Dennis Iliadis

TBA Patient Zero

Stefan Ruzowitzky

TBA Keep Watching co-production with Voltage Productions Sean Carter


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