Focus Features LLC is an American film production and distribution company, owned by Comcast as a division of Universal Pictures, which is itself a division of its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal. Focus Features distributes independent and foreign films in the United States and internationally.
In November 2018, The Hollywood Reporter named Focus Features “Distributor of the Year” for its success behind the year’s breakout documentary film Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. The studio’s most successful film to date is Downton Abbey, which garnered $194.3 million at the worldwide box office.
Focus Features was formed in 2002 by James Schamus [ tam ] & David Linde [ ba ] & formed from Fantasy Island 2023 Film Locations
divisional merger of USA Films, Universal Focus và Good Machine, as well as the several assets of the Vivendi – affiliated film studio StudioCanal. [ bốn ] USA Films was created by Barry Diller in 1999 when he purchased October Films và Gramercy Pictures from Seagram & merged the two units together. [ 5 ] [ 6 ] Universal Focus is the specialty film arm of Universal Pictures that was created in 1999 as Universal Classics, which was led by Paul Hardart và Claudia Gray, lớn replace the October Films label in order phệ get a nhóm of titles béo be distributed by USA Films, focused on the kinh doanh of niche-based acquisitions by Universal Pictures International, Working Title, WT2 Productions, Revolution Films & DNA Films, & eventually rebranded into Universal Focus by 2 nghìn. [ 7 ] [ tám ]In March 2004, Focus Features revived Rogue Pictures as a genre label, which was once used by October Films in the late 1990 s. Rogue Pictures would be led by the same nhóm who led the standard Focus management. [ 9 ]On October 2, 2013, James Schamus was fired from his position as CEO of Focus, with the Thành Phố New York offices being shut xuống dốc in the process. He was succeeded by Peter Schlessel, whose company FilmDistrict would be merged into Focus và folded into the trade name High Top Releasing. This became effective in January năm trước, và several titles developed under FilmDistrict would be released under Focus. [ 10 ] Under Schlessel, the company began phệ acquire films with a wider commercial appeal, much lượt thích his previous company. [ 11 ] [ 12 ] In May năm ngoái, Gramercy Pictures was revived by Focus as a genre label, that was on action, sci-fi, và horror films. [ 13 ]In February năm nay, Focus merged with Universal Pictures International Productions as part of a mới nhất strategy béo ” align the acquisition và production of specialty films in the global market “. [ 14 ] [ 15 ] [ 16 ] Following this, along with several disappointing box office returns, Schlessel was let go from the company và replaced with Peter Kujawski. [ 17 ]In April 2017, Vine Alternative Investments re-acquired the pre-2008 Rogue film library from Focus Features. [ 18 ]
In August 2011, Focus Features launched Focus World, a label focusing on the đoạn Clip on demand market with initial plans mập distribute 15 films per year, with one film being released per month. [ 19 ]
- Alliance Atlantis/Alliance Films (2002–2013)
- Entertainment One (2013–2016)
- Universal Pictures (2016–present)
As a distributor, Focus’ most successful release in North America to date is the 2019 film Downton Abbey, which earned $84.5 million during its first weekend at the box office and surpassing Brokeback Mountain, which earned $83 million at the North American box office. However, this is not counting the domestic total of Traffic, which earned $124.1 million under the USA Films banner. The animated film Coraline was also highly profitable for the company. Although suffering its share of unsuccessful releases, Focus has been consistently profitable, and its international sales arm (unusual among studio specialty film divisions) allows it to receive the foreign as well as domestic revenues from its releases. Its DVD and movie rights revenues are boosted by cult classics including Wet Hot American Summer.