Universal Pictures creates and distributes theatrical and non-theatrical filmed entertainment for a growing global marketplace. Universal’s theatrical slate includes films developed internally, along with co-productions, acquisitions, and films developed by outside partners and distributed by the studio.
Universal also produces, acquires, and distributes direct-to-DVD titles, classic titles from the Universal library, consumer products (across all traditional categories, as well as interactive and wireless platforms), and specialty motion pictures under Focus Features. Through its international production group, the studio partners with leading international film companies to make and acquire films for wide commercial release or distribution in specific countries. Universal’s content is released across traditional and digital distribution channels, including theatrical exhibition, physical and electronic home entertainment, pay and free television, and subscription on-demand services.
For almost a century, Universal has been known for its diverse slate of films. These include classics such as Jaws, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, the Jurassic Park series, and Mamma Mia!; high-concept comedies like Bruce Almighty, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up; and homegrown franchises such as Back to the Future, Meet the Parents, Fast and Furious, and Bourne.
Over the years, Universal has achieved both popular success and critical acclaim with Academy Award-winning films such as Atonement, The Bourne Ultimatum, King Kong, Brokeback Mountain, Ray, A Beautiful Mind, The Pianist, and Lost in Translation. Classic, Academy Award-winning films from Universal include All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Deer Hunter (1978), and Schindler’s List (1993).
In 2007, Universal began an all-audience family film business with Illumination Entertainment. Its first production, the 3D CGI blockbuster Despicable Me, was one of the highest-grossing and most profitable films of 2010.
In addition to filmed entertainment, Universal produces live stage productions, including the cultural phenomenon Wicked and the 10-time Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot The Musical.
Focus Features and Focus Features International (www.focusfeatures.com) comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world; and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2012.
Domestically, the Focus Features slate includes Moonrise Kingdom, the new feature from Wes Anderson, starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman; Sam Fell and Chris Butler’s ParaNorman, the new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA; Jamie Travis’ contemporary comedy For a Good Time, Call…, starring Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller; Closed Circuit, the suspense thriller directed by John Crowley and starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; Paul Weitz’s comedy/drama Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd; Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land, the contemporary drama written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski; the historical tale Hyde Park on Hudson, directed by Roger Michell and starring Academy Award nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney; and Joe Wright’s epic love story Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
In addition to the Focus slate, the FFI slate includes two films from Woody Allen, To Rome with Love and his new movie starring Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett; The Other You, the comedy starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt for director Dante Ariola; Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ruairi Robinson’s thriller The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams, and Romola Garai; Mike Flanagan’s psychological thriller Oculus; Andrew Adamson’s drama Mr. Pip, based on the celebrated novel and starring Hugh Laurie; and the epic fantasy Cloud Atlas, starring Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry for writer/directors Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) markets and distributes NBCUniversal's contemporary and classic theatrical and television product, spanning properties from the company's Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Rogue Pictures, and NBCUniversal Media Studios, as well as DVD Original titles from Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions and select third-party productions, including entertainment from Mattel and Summit Entertainment. The Company is also leading the way in exploring innovative technologies and in developing and adapting dynamic new initiatives for the evolving home entertainment market, including the mass adoption of the next generation high-definition format, Blu-ray.
USHE's vast 4,000-title catalog is among the largest and most celebrated in the industry, comprising a wide variety of titles and genres. Among its most-prized properties are the film franchises: The Bourne series, The Fast and The Furious, The Mummy, The Hulk, American Pie, Bring It On, Jurassic Park, Curious George, The Land Before Time, and the legendary monster movies.
Some of USHE's latest high-profile offerings include Despicable Me, Robin Hood, It's Complicated, Couples Retreat, Inglourious Basterds, Public Enemies, Fast and Furious, Mamma Mia!, Wanted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Incredible Hulk, Forgetting Sarah Marhsall, Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior, American Gangster, Atonement, The Bourne Ultimatum, Knocked Up, American Pie Presents: Book of Love and Bring It On: Fight to the Finish as well as all available seasons of such acclaimed television series as The Office, 30 Rock and House.