American Zoetrope (also known as Omni Zoetrope from 1977 to 1980 and Zoetrope Studios from 1980 until 1990) is a privately run American film production company, centered in San Francisco, California and founded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.
|Founded||December 12, 1969|
|Francis Ford Coppola|
Opened on December 12, 1969, the studio has produced not only the films of Coppola (including Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Tetro), but also George Lucas's pre-Star Wars film (THX 1138), as well as many others by avant-garde directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, Wim Wenders and Godfrey Reggio. American Zoetrope was an early adopter of digital filmmaking, including some of the earliest uses of HDTV.
Initially located in a warehouse at 827 Folsom Street on the second floor of The Automatt building, the company's headquarters have, since 1972, been in the historic Sentinel Building, at 916 Kearny Street in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.
Coppola named the studio after a zoetrope he was given in the late 1960s by the filmmaker and collector of early film devices, Mogens Skot-Hansen. "Zoetrope" is also the name by which Coppola's quarterly fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, is often known.
In 1999, it signed a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for a first-look financing and production agreement. In 2000, it signed a 10-year financing pact with VCL Film + Meiden to handle foreign sales of their own titles.
American Zoetrope is now[when?] owned entirely by Coppola's son and daughter, directors Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola, while a majority of the film library is now owned by Lionsgate (with some exceptions, for example, Bram Stoker's Dracula, which is currently owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment) while StudioCanal owns international distribution rights.[when?]
Zoetrope.com, the Coppola family's website, was created around 1996 and became an online community for writers. In 2016, Francis Ford Coppola announced its relaunch as a "virtual studio".
|1990||The Outsiders||characters by:
|Zoetrope Studios||Production Company||Fox||co-production with Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment|
|1997||The Odyssey||Andrei Konchalovsky
based on Odyssey by:
|American Zoetrope||Production Company (as American Zoetrope San Francisco)||NBC||miniseries; co-production with Hallmark Entertainment|||
|1998||Moby Dick||Anton Diether
based on Moby-Dick by:
|Production Company||USA Network||miniseries; co-production with Nine Network Australia and USA Pictures|||
|1998-2001||First Wave||Chris Brancato||Sci-Fi Channel||co-production with Sugar Entertainment|||
|UPN||co-production with The Greenblatt/Janollari Studio, International Famous Players Radio Picture Corporation and Eye Productions|||
|2004-2007||The 4400||René Echevarria
|USA Network||co-production with Renegade 83, Viacom Productions (season 1), Paramount Network Television (season 2) and CBS Paramount Network Television (seasons 3–4)|
|2014-2018||Mozart in the Jungle||based on Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music by:
|Amazon Video||co-production with Depth of Field, Picrow and Amazon Studios|||
In the building lobby Coppola operates a small Italian café, Cafe Zoetrope, featuring Inglenook Estate wine and memorabilia from his films. Earlier, the building had been the location of Enrico Banducci's "hungry i" nightclub.
The neighborhood is well known for its cafes and its writers. Coppola wrote much of the screenplay for The Godfather in the nearby Caffe Trieste and Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books is located up Columbus Avenue from the Sentinel Building.
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- American Zoetrope [us]
- Zoetrope Studios [us]
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