Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
|Predecessor||Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.|
Seven Arts Productions
|Founded||July 15, 1967|
|Defunct||December 16, 1969|
|Fate||Acquired by Kinney National Company and rebranded as Warner Bros. Inc.|
|Successor||Warner Bros. Inc.|
Warner Bros. Television
Warner Bros. Records Inc.
|Jack L. Warner|
Kinney National Company (1969)
|Subsidiaries||Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Television|
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Records
Seven Arts Productions
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Animation
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, Inc. was a short-lived American entertainment company active from 1967 until 1969.
Seven Arts Productions acquired Jack L. Warner's controlling interest in Warner Bros. Pictures for $32 million in November 1966. The merger between two companies was completed by July 15, 1967, and the combined company was named Warner Bros.-Seven Arts.
The acquisition included the black and white Looney Tunes (plus the non-Harman and Ising Merrie Melodies) library, Warner Bros. Records (which was renamed Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Records), and Reprise Records. Later that same year, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts purchased Atlantic Records. Those record labels were combined in 1971 with two other acquisitions (Elektra Records and its sister label Nonesuch Records) in a new holding company, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic, under the direction of Mo Ostin and Joe Smith.
The head of production was Kenneth Hyman, son of Seven Arts co-founder Eliot Hyman. The first film of production and distribution was Reflections in a Golden Eye. Cool Hand Luke was the final film produced by Warner Bros. Pictures before and after changing its name.
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Acquisition by Kinney
On July 4, 1969, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts was acquired by Kinney National Company, and, in August that year, Ted Ashley became the chairman of the film studio. On December 16, 1969, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts was rebranded as Warner Bros. Inc.
The final film to be released under the Warner Bros.-Seven Arts name was Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, which was released in February 1970. The studio's next film, Woodstock, which was released in March, was credited as a Warner Bros. production, and this credit would be applied to all other productions from the studio afterward with Warner Bros. reestablished as a major film studio.
In September 1971, due to a financial scandal in its parking lot operation business, Kinney National spun off its non-entertainment assets as National Kinney Corporation, and changed its name to Warner Communications Inc. on February 10, 1972.
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- The Shuttered Room (1967)
- Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
- Camelot (1967)
- Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
- Wait Until Dark (1967)
- Cool Hand Luke (1967)
- The Cats (1968)
- Firecreek (1968)
- Countdown (1968)
- Norman Normal (1968)
- Bye Bye Braverman (1968)
- Kona Coast (1968)
- Chubasco (1968)
- Petulia (1968)
- The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
- The Green Berets (1968)
- Assignment to Kill (1968)
- I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)
- Rachel, Rachel (1968)
- Finian's Rainbow (1968)
- Bullitt (1968)
- Sweet November (1968)
- The Sea Gull (1968)
- The Sergeant (1968)
- Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968); with Hammer Films
- The Picasso Summer (1969)
- The Big Bounce (1969)
- 2000 Years Later (1969)
- The Wild Bunch (1969)
- The Learning Tree (1969)
- The Rain People (1969)
- The Valley of Gwangi (1969); with Hammer Films
- The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
- Moon Zero Two (1969); with Hammer Films
- Once You Kiss a Stranger (1969)
- The Sweet Body of Deborah (1969)
- The Arrangement (1969)
- Jeff (1969); with Alain Delon's Adel Productions
- Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts (1967–69); produced by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Animation
- The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970); with David Paradine Productions and London Weekend Television
- Crescendo (1970)
- Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970)
- Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
- Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1970); with Hammer Films
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Source: "Warner Bros.-Seven Arts", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, February 1st), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner_Bros.-Seven_Arts.
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