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Overture Films, LLC
TypePrivate subsidiary company
IndustryMotion pictures
FoundedNovember 2006; 16 years ago (2006-11)
FoundersChris McGurk
Danny Rosett
DefunctOctober 2010; 12 years ago (October 2010)
FateMarketing and distribution sold to Relativity Media, library to Anchor Bay Entertainment
HeadquartersBeverly Hills, California, United States
ProductsFilms
ParentStarz

Overture Films was an American film production and distribution company and a subsidiary of Starz (then subsidiary of Liberty Media).[1][2] It was founded in November 2006 by Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett. Through its affiliated companies Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Entertainment Pay Channels, Starz Media, and Starz Play, Overture Films made its films available worldwide to viewers across multiple platforms via their home video, premium television, and Internet distribution channels.

Although the studio had some minor critical successes with films like Capitalism: A Love Story and Sunshine Cleaning, the company suffered poor box office returns, and Starz closed the company in 2010,[3] although rumors circulated early that year that it would be sold off.[4] Its marketing and distribution assets are now handled by Relativity Media.[1][2][5]

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Chris McGurk

Chris McGurk

Christopher J. McGurk became the chairman and chief executive officer of Cinedigm Digital Cinema in January 2011. He serves as director of Cookie Jar Entertainment Holdings, the Foundation of Motion Picture Pioneers; the American Cinematheque board of directors; and the Entertainment Industries Council board of trustees. McGurk received the H.E.L.P. Group's “Spirit of Hope Award” in 2002, and its “Leader of Vision“ award in 2003.

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment was an American home entertainment and production company owned by Starz Inc., which is a subsidiary of Lionsgate. Anchor Bay Entertainment marketed and released feature films, television series, television specials and short films on DVD. In 2004, Anchor Bay agreed to have its movies distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and renewed their deal in 2011. In 2017, Lions Gate Entertainment folded Anchor Bay Entertainment into Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story is a 2009 American documentary film directed, written by, and starring Michael Moore. The film centers on the late-2000s financial crisis and the recovery stimulus, while putting forward an indictment of the then-current economic order in the United States and of unfettered capitalism in general. Topics covered include Wall Street's "casino mentality", for-profit prisons, Goldman Sachs' influence in Washington, D.C., the poverty-level wages of many workers, the large wave of home foreclosures, corporate-owned life insurance, and the consequences of "runaway greed". The film also features a religious component in which Moore examines whether or not capitalism is a sin and whether Jesus would be a capitalist; this component highlights Moore's belief that evangelical conservatives contradict themselves by supporting free market ideals while professing to be Christians.

Sunshine Cleaning

Sunshine Cleaning

Sunshine Cleaning is a 2008 comedy-drama film written by Megan Holley and directed by Christine Jeffs. It stars Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, and Alan Arkin. The story revolves around two sisters who start a crime scene cleanup business and the various events that occur in their respective lives. Produced by Big Beach, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2008, was purchased by Overture Films for distribution, and opened in limited release in the United States on March 13, 2009. Sunshine Cleaning garnered positive reviews from critics and was a minor box-office hit, grossing $17.3 million against a $5 million budget. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 25, 2009.

Relativity Media

Relativity Media

Relativity Media is an American media company founded in 2004 by Lynwood Spinks and Ryan Kavanaugh. The company brokered film finance deals and later branched into film production and other entertainment ventures. The company was commercially successful prior to bankruptcy.

Released movies

Title Release date
Mad Money January 18, 2008
Sleepwalking March 14, 2008
The Visitor April 18, 2008
Henry Poole Is Here August 15, 2008
Traitor August 27, 2008
Righteous Kill September 12, 2008
Nothing Like the Holidays December 12, 2008
Last Chance Harvey January 16, 2009
Sunshine Cleaning March 27, 2009
Paper Heart August 7, 2009
Pandorum September 25, 2009
Capitalism: A Love Story October 2, 2009
Law Abiding Citizen October 16, 2009
The Men Who Stare at Goats November 6, 2009
The Crazies February 26, 2010
Brooklyn's Finest March 5, 2010
Jack Goes Boating September 17, 2010
Let Me In October 1, 2010
Stone October 8, 2010

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Mad Money (film)

Mad Money (film)

Mad Money is a 2008 crime comedy film starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes, and directed by Callie Khouri. It is loosely based on the 2001 British film Hot Money.

Sleepwalking (film)

Sleepwalking (film)

Sleepwalking is a 2008 American drama film starring Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson and Dennis Hopper. It centers on the bonding of a 30-year-old man and his 12-year-old niece after she is abandoned by her mother. The girl is taken in by the state after he loses his job and apartment. The two then depart on a road trip to his father's farm, a place he and his sister never intended to go back to. Sleepwalking was an original screenplay by Zac Stanford and was the directorial debut of William Maher.

Henry Poole Is Here

Henry Poole Is Here

Henry Poole Is Here is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by Mark Pellington. The screenplay by Albert Torres focuses on a dying man whose religious neighbor insists the water stain on the side wall of his house is an image of Jesus Christ.

Righteous Kill

Righteous Kill

Righteous Kill is a 2008 American action thriller film directed by Jon Avnet and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino as New York City Police Department detectives on the hunt for a serial killer. It is the third film in which both De Niro and Pacino appear in starring roles, and also stars John Leguizamo, Carla Gugino, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, and Curtis Jackson.

Last Chance Harvey

Last Chance Harvey

Last Chance Harvey is a 2008 American romantic drama film written and directed by Joel Hopkins. The screenplay focuses on two lonely people who tentatively forge a relationship during two days. Dustin Hoffman plays the title character, Harvey Shine, an American television commercial jingles composer who travels to England for his estranged daughter's wedding and promptly loses his job. Emma Thompson plays an airport hospitality worker with a jaundiced view of relationships.

Paper Heart (film)

Paper Heart (film)

Paper Heart is a 2009 American romantic comedy film starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera as fictionalized versions of themselves based on their rumored relationship, though Yi has said they never dated.

Pandorum

Pandorum

Pandorum is a 2009 German/British science fiction horror film, with elements of survival adventure. The film was directed by Christian Alvart and produced by Robert Kulzer, Jeremy Bolt and Paul W. S. Anderson, the latter two through their Impact Pictures banner. Travis Milloy wrote the screenplay from a story by Milloy and Alvart. It stars Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster.

Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story is a 2009 American documentary film directed, written by, and starring Michael Moore. The film centers on the late-2000s financial crisis and the recovery stimulus, while putting forward an indictment of the then-current economic order in the United States and of unfettered capitalism in general. Topics covered include Wall Street's "casino mentality", for-profit prisons, Goldman Sachs' influence in Washington, D.C., the poverty-level wages of many workers, the large wave of home foreclosures, corporate-owned life insurance, and the consequences of "runaway greed". The film also features a religious component in which Moore examines whether or not capitalism is a sin and whether Jesus would be a capitalist; this component highlights Moore's belief that evangelical conservatives contradict themselves by supporting free market ideals while professing to be Christians.

Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 American vigilante action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. The film takes place in Philadelphia, telling the story of a man driven to seek justice while targeting not only his family's killer but also those who have supported a corrupt criminal justice system, intending to assassinate anyone supporting the system. Law Abiding Citizen was filmed on location in Philadelphia, and released theatrically by Overture Films in North America on October 16, 2009.

Brooklyn's Finest

Brooklyn's Finest

Brooklyn's Finest is a 2009 American crime film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Michael C. Martin. The film stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, and Wesley Snipes. Brooklyn's Finest had its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 2009 and was released theatrically in the United States on March 5, 2010.

Jack Goes Boating

Jack Goes Boating

Jack Goes Boating is a 2010 American romantic drama film directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and stars Hoffman in the title role, as well as Amy Ryan, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega. The film's script was written by Robert Glaudini, based on his 2007 play Jack Goes Boating. The film's cast was mostly the same as that of the play's premiere at The Public Theater, although Amy Ryan replaced Beth Cole. The film was produced by Overture Films and Relativity Media. It premiered at the 26th Sundance Film Festival and was later released in the United States on September 17, 2010.

Let Me In (film)

Let Me In (film)

Let Me In is a 2010 romantic horror film written and directed by Matt Reeves and starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Elias Koteas, and Richard Jenkins. It is a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. The film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who befriends and develops a romantic relationship with a female child vampire in Los Alamos, New Mexico, during the early 1980s.

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b "Overture Films, LLC: Private Company Information - Businessweek". bloomberg.com. Bloomberg Business. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Starz Announces Resignations of Overture Films Executives". Starz Investor Relations. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "Overture Films to shut down, unable to fetch desired price". latimes.com. July 24, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  4. ^ Graser, Marc (February 13, 2010). "Buyers confront dropping value of film libraries". Variety. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  5. ^ "Relativity Media Takes Over Overture Films". ComingSoon.net. July 24, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2022.


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