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Embassy Pictures Corporation (aka Embassy Film Associates) was an independent studio and distributor responsible for such films as The Graduate and The Lion in Winter. The Graduate is a novel by Charles Webb, made into a 1967 film of the same name directed by Mike Nichols from a screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. ... The Lion in Winter is a 1966 Broadway play by James Goldman. ...


The company was founded in the late 1940s by producer Joseph E. Levine initially to distribute foreign films to the U.S. Some of Levine's early successes were the Italian-made Hercules films with Steve Reeves, and the original 1956 Godzilla. Joseph E. Levine (September 9, 1905 – July 31, 1987) was an American film producer. ... Hercules and Cacus, by Baccio Bandinelli, 1525 - 1534. ... Steve Reeves (Stephen L. Reeves) (January 21, 1926 - May 5, 2000), was a bodybuilder, actor, and author. ... 1956 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Godzilla in one of his 1990s movies, Godzilla (Gojira) (ゴジラ) is a giant, amphibious, dinosaur-like fictional creature first seen in the Japanese-produced 1954 tokusatsu kaiju film Gojira produced by Toho Film Company Ltd. ...


As the decade turned to the 1960s, Levine transformed Embassy to a production company. Its first in-house productions were The Carpetbaggers and its prequel Nevada Smith (both co-productions with Paramount). Later in the decade, Embassy functioned on its own with many Rankin/Bass animated features (including Mad Monster Party? and The Daydreamer), and successful live-action productions, including The Graduate, The Lion in Winter, This Is Spinal Tap, Savannah Smiles, Blade Runner, and A Chorus Line. The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... The Carpetbaggers is the title of a 1961 bestselling novel by Harold Robbins, which was adapted into a 1964 movie of the same title. ... Nevada Smith is a 1966 Western, released by Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Henry Hathaway. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used from 1987 to 1995. ... For the medical procedure, see spinal tap. ... Blade Runner is a science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and released in 1982, depicting a dark, dystopic vision of Los Angeles in November 2019. ... A Chorus Line is a Broadway musical that opened at the Shubert Theatre July 25, 1975 and closed there April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances. ...


In 1967, Levine sold the Embassy corporation to Avco (thus for a time becoming Avco Embassy Pictures). In 1968, Avco Embassy launched Avco Embassy Television, which became Multimedia Entertainment in 1976. Then, in 1982, television producer Norman Lear bought the company, and formally established a television division responsible for such hit shows as The Jeffersons, The Facts of Life, Who's The Boss?, 227, and Married... with Children. 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Norman Lear Norman Lear (born July 27, 1922) is an American television writer and producer who produced shows such as All in the Family, Sanford and Son and Maude. ... The Jeffersons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The Facts of Life was a spinoff of the popular NBC sitcom Diffrent Strokes. ... Cast of Whos the Boss? Whos the Boss? was a television sitcom starring Tony Danza which aired for eight seasons on ABC from 1984 to 1992. ... The cast of 227. ... Married. ...

Embassy Television logo, used only from 1982-1986
Embassy Television logo, used only from 1982-1986

In 1985, Norman Lear sold Embassy to The Coca-Cola Company (then-current owners of Columbia Pictures) in order to split the corporation, keeping Embassy's television division and renaming it to Embassy Communications in 1986, then to ELP (Embassy Limited Partnership) Communications Inc. in 1988, while selling the theatrical and home video division to another entity which became Nelson Entertainment. Nelson was later acquired by Orion Pictures in conjuction with Columbia Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment, and New Line Cinema but after Orion went bankrupt some key rights to the Embassy library transferred from company to company (Dino DeLaurentiis, Parafrance International, PolyGram), while ELP Communications (now part of Sony Pictures Entertainment) retaining the television rights to the Embassy theatrical library (although Blade Runner would later revert back to Warner Bros. along with it's subdiary The Ladd Company, the film's original theatrical distributor). Image File history File links Embassy Television logo used from 1982-1986 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Embassy Television logo used from 1982-1986 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is an international beverage and food manufacturer whose headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States of America. ... Columbia Pictures logo, used only from 1981-1993 Columbia Pictures, now Columbia TriStar Pictures after their merger with the former TriStar Entertainment in 1998, is a film production company, and part of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ... Orion Pictures Logo Orion Pictures Corporation was a United States movie production company, formed in 1978 as a joint venture between Warner Bros. ... Castle Rock Entertainment was a motion picture and television studio formed in 1987. ... The New Line Cinema Production logo. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. ... Warner Bros. ...


Today, the Embassy corporation, its divisions and film & television holdings, are split. The theatrical rights to the Embassy film library (except Blade Runner, Time Bandits, Savannah Smiles, & Watership Down (all of which are now owned by other companies), and Embassy-distributed ITC films that are now owned by Carlton International Media) are at the hands of French production company StudioCanal, with MGM, The Criterion Collection, Home Vision Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment handling video distribution (via separate output deals); and Sony owns the television rights to Embassy's entire film and television output (except Blade Runner and Watership Down, which is owned by WB, and the aforementioned Embassy-distributed ITC films). Time Bandits (first released on July 13, 1981) is a fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam (who created animations for Monty Pythons Flying Circus), produced by George Harrisons Handmade Films. ... The ITC Entertainment logo The Incorporated Television Company (ITC) was founded by television mogul Lew Grade in 1954. ... Carlton logo in cinemas Carlton Television Limited is the United Kingdom Channel 3 (ITV) licencee for London, Monday 9:25am, to Friday, 5:15pm. ... StudioCanal (aka Le Studio Canal, Canal Plus, Canal + Distribution, and Canal+ Image S.A.), is a French-based production and distribution company that owns the third-largest film library in the world. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... The Criterion Collection is a joint venture between Janus Films and The Voyager Company that was begun in the mid 1980s for the purpose of releasing authoritative consumer versions of classic and important contemporary films on the laserdisc and DVD formats. ... Anchor Bay Entertainment is a home video/television distribution company which has released films by Sam Raimi, Werner Herzog, George Romero, Monte Hellman, Dario Argento, John Landis, Peter Jackson, Kathryn Bigelow and Wim Wenders. ...


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Embassy (1409 words)
Embassy was founded by film producer Joseph E. Levine in the late 1940s.
After Avco Embassy's sale to Norman Lear, Lord Lew Grade (who had just stepped down as head of ITC) was brought in to run the Embassy Pictures International unit-that lasted until Embassy was sold to Coca-Cola (which absorbed the division into Columbia Pictures).
Embassy was retired for good when Tristar Television was merged with Columbia/Embassy to form the new Columbia Pictures Television.
Embassy Pictures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (299 words)
Embassy Pictures Corporation (also known as Embassy Film Associates and Avco-Embassy) was an independent studio and distributor responsible for such films as The Graduate, The Lion in Winter and Escape from New York.
In 1967, Levine sold the Embassy corporation to Avco (thus for a time becoming Avco Embassy Pictures).
In 1968, Avco Embassy launched Avco Embassy Television, which became Multimedia Entertainment in 1976 (that first television division has since been folded into what is now known as NBC Universal Television Distribution, even though another company now owns television rights to the Embassy library--see below for further information).
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