Castle Rock Entertainment
|1994 logo, with Time Warner byline|
|Subsidiary of Warner Bros.|
|Parent||Warner Bros. Entertainment|
Castle Rock Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded in 1987 by Martin Shafer, director Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Glenn Padnick and Alan Horn. It is a subsidiary of Time Warner and a unit of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
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 & Scheinman became involved in the development of productions.
The company was originally backed by The Coca-Cola Company, the then-parent company of Columbia Pictures. Coke and the company's founders jointly owned a stake in the company. Months after the deal, Coke exited the entertainment business, succeeded by Columbia Pictures Entertainment (now Sony Pictures Entertainment).
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.
The logo's music was called "Beautiful Tune".
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.
Turner purchase and Time Warner ownership
On 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. Turner Broadcasting eventually merged with Time Warner in 1996. Castle Rock Entertainment then became a division of Warner Bros. MGM owns the rights to the pre-1994 Castle Rock Entertainment films because of the acquisition of the pre-1996 PolyGram library where Nelson Entertainment was in it. Warner Bros., though Castle Rock, owns its post-1994 library and the TV rights to the pre-1994 library.
|April 14, 1989||Winter People||co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment|
|July 21, 1989||When Harry Met Sally...||co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment|
|March 16, 1990||Lord of the Flies||co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment|
|October 12, 1990||Spirit of '76||co-production with Columbia Pictures and Commercial Pictures|
|October 26, 1990||Sibling Rivalry||co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment|
|November 30, 1990||Misery||co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment|
|June 7, 1991||City Slickers||co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment|
|September 20, 1991||Late for Dinner||co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema|
|November 28, 1991||What About Bob?||co-production with Touchstone Pictures and Touchwood Pacific Partners|
|April 24, 1992||Year of the Comet||co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema|
|August 28, 1992||Honeymoon in Vegas||co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema|
|September 23, 1992||Mr. Saturday Night||co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema|
|December 11, 1992||A Few Good Men||co-production with Columbia Pictures|
|March 5, 1993||Amos & Andrew||co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema|
|July 9, 1993||In the Line of Fire||co-production with Columbia Pictures|
|August 27, 1993||Needful Things||co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema|
|October 1, 1993||Malice||co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema|
|November 24, 1993||Josh and S.A.M.||co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema|
|June 10, 1994||City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold|
|June 29, 1994||Little Big League|
|July 22, 1994||North||co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema|
|July 29, 1994||Barcelona|
|September 23, 1994||The Shawshank Redemption|
|January 27, 1995||Before Sunrise|
|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||co-production with Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures|
|December 15, 1995||Othello|
|December 22, 1995||Dracula: Dead and Loving It|
|February 16, 1996||A Midwinter's Tale|
|June 21, 1996||Lone Star|
|June 28, 1996||Striptease|
|August 14, 1996||Alaska|
|August 23, 1996||The Spitfire Grill|
|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|
|February 7, 1997||subUrbia|
|February 14, 1997||Absolute Power|
|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|
|August 20, 1999||Mickey Blue Eyes||co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures|
|October 15, 1999||The Story of Us||co-production with Universal Pictures|
|December 10, 1999||The Green Mile|
|August 6, 2010||Flipped||co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures;|
|November 24, 2010||Faster||co-production with CBS Films and Tristar Pictures|
|July 22, 2011||Friends with Benefits||co-production with Screen Gems|
|April 27, 2012||Bernie||co-production with Mandalay Vision, Wind Dancer Films and Detour Filmproduction|
|July 6, 2012||The Magic of Belle Isle||co-production with Revelations Entertainment|
|May 24, 2013||Before Midnight||co-production with Sony Pictures Classics and Venture Forth|
|July 11, 2014||And So It Goes||co-production with Clarius Entertainment|
|October 8, 2014||The Rewrite||co-production with Reserve Room and Lionsgate|
- Heart & Soul (1988)
- Seinfeld (1989–1998) (Sony Pictures Television currently owns distribution rights)
- The Ed Begley, Jr. Show (1989)
- Julie Brown: The Show (1989)
- Homeroom (1989)
- Ann Jillian (1989-1990)
- New Attitude (1990)
- Partners in Life (1990)
- Morton & Hayes (1991)
- My Old School (1991)
- Sessions (1991)
- Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special (1992)
- The Powers That Be (1992) (with ELP Communications and Columbia Pictures Television)
- Great Scott! (1992)
- Thea (1993–1994) (Sony Pictures Television currently owns distribution rights)
- The Second Half (1993–1994)
- 704 Hauser (1994, pilot only)
- The Single Guy (1995–1997)
- The Lazarus Man (1996)
- Boston Common (1996-1997)
- Reunited (1998)
- The Army Show (1998)
- Mission Hill (1999–2002)
- Movie Stars (1999)
- The Michael Richards Show (2000–2001)
- Zero Effect (2001, pilot) (with Warner Bros. Television)
- Bliss (2002–2004) (with Warner Bros. Television)
- Fatherhood (2004-2005)
- BrainDead (2016)
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-  Turner Broadcasting Company Report. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.
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- Frankel, Daniel (22 October 1998). "NEWS/ MGM Acquires Lion's Share of PolyGram". E!. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
- "COMPANY NEWS; MGM SAYS IT WILL BUY POLYGRAM'S MOVIE LIBRARY". The New York Times. 23 October 1998. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
- "Warner Bros. Teams Up With PolyGram to Co-Finance & Co-Distribute Castle Rock Pictures". 6 January 1998. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
- Fleming, Jr., Mike (August 5, 2013). "Castle Rock Extends Funding Relationship With ‘Before Midnight’ Backer Venture Forth". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- McNary, Dave (June 16, 2015). "Woody Harrelson to Play Lyndon B. Johnson in Rob Reiner Political Drama". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2015.