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Castle Rock Entertainment

Castle Rock Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded in 1987[1] by Martin Shafer, director Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Glenn Padnick and Alan Horn. It is a subsidiary of Warner Bros.[2]

Castle Rock Entertainment
FoundedJune 19, 1987; 31 years ago (1987-06-19)
HeadquartersUnited States
ProductsMotion pictures
ServicesFilm production
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Reiner named the company in honor of the Maine town that serves as the setting of several stories by Stephen King, after the success of his film Stand by Me, which was based on The Body, a novella by King.[3]

Reiner and Scheinman already had a production company. They were friends with Shafer, who worked with Horn at 20th Century Fox at the time. Horn was disappointed at Fox and agreed to join the trio at forming the company. Horn brought along Padnick, who was an executive at Embassy Television. In Castle Rock, Horn became the CEO, Shafer ran the film division, Padnick ran TV, and Reiner and Scheinman became involved in the development of productions.[3]

The company was originally backed by The Coca-Cola Company, then the parent company of Columbia Pictures. Coca-Cola and Castle Rock's founders jointly owned stakes in the company.[4] Months after the deal, Coca-Cola exited the entertainment business, and was succeeded by Columbia Pictures.

In 1989, Castle Rock was supported by another backer, Group W, a subsidiary of Westinghouse.[5] Castle Rock later struck a deal with Nelson Entertainment, the company that owned the domestic home video rights to Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, and The Princess Bride, to co-finance Castle Rock's films.

Under the deal, Nelson also distributed the films on video in North American markets, and handled international theatrical distribution, while Columbia, which Nelson forged a distribution deal with, would receive domestic theatrical distribution rights. Some of Nelson's holdings were later acquired by New Line Cinema, which took over Nelson's duty. Columbia, shortly after the company's formation, thereafter had to re-invest with a substantial change in terms when accumulated losses exhausted its initial funding.

Reiner has stated that Castle Rock's purpose was to allow creative freedom to individuals; a safe haven away from the pressures of studio executives. Castle Rock was to make films of the highest quality, whether they made or lost money.[3]

Castle Rock has also produced several television shows, including the sitcom Seinfeld.

Turner purchase and WarnerMedia ownershipEdit

In August 1993, Turner Broadcasting System agreed to acquire Castle Rock, along with co-financing partner New Line Cinema. The sale was completed on December 22, 1993.[6][7] The motivation behind the purchase to allow a stronger company to handle the overhead.[3]

By 1994, Castle Rock launched a foreign sales operation, Castle Rock International, and planned to produce 12-15 films annually.[8] Castle Rock also had aspirations to distribute its own films once its deal with Columbia expired in 1998.[8][9]

Turner Broadcasting later merged with Time Warner in 1996. After a failed attempt to divest the company, Time Warner integrated Castle Rock Entertainment into Warner Bros., and cut its production slate to five films per year.[9] In January 1998, Warner and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment formed a deal to co-finance and co-distribute Castle Rock films; that deal was taken over by Universal Pictures after said studio's parent company Seagram merged with PolyGram later that year. The Warner/Universal deal expired in 2000.[10]

MGM owns the rights to the pre-1994 Castle Rock Entertainment films because of the acquisition of the pre-1996 PolyGram Filmed Entertainment library where Nelson Entertainment was in it.[11][12][13][14] Warner Bros., through Castle Rock, owns its post-1994 film and TV library and the TV distribution rights to the pre-1994 TV library with the exception of Seinfeld, The Powers That Be, Thea and Boston Common.


The original Castle Rock Entertainment logo used from 1989 to 1994.


Release Date Title Co-Producer Distributor
April 14, 1989 Winter People Nelson Entertainment Columbia Pictures
July 21, 1989 When Harry Met Sally...


Release Date Title Co-Producer Distributor
March 16, 1990 Lord of the Flies Nelson Entertainment Columbia Pictures
October 12, 1990 Spirit of '76 Commercial Pictures
October 26, 1990 Sibling Rivalry Nelson Entertainment
November 30, 1990 Misery
June 7, 1991 City Slickers
September 20, 1991 Late for Dinner Granite Pictures Columbia Pictures
New Line Cinema
April 24, 1992 Year of the Comet
August 28, 1992 Honeymoon in Vegas Starlight
September 23, 1992 Mr. Saturday Night
December 11, 1992 A Few Good Men Columbia Pictures
March 5, 1993 Amos & Andrew New Line Cinema
Columbia Pictures
July 9, 1993 In the Line of Fire Columbia Pictures
August 27, 1993 Needful Things Columbia Pictures
New Line Cinema
October 1, 1993 Malice
November 24, 1993 Josh and S.A.M.
June 10, 1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Columbia Pictures
June 29, 1994 Little Big League
July 22, 1994 North Columbia Pictures
New Line Cinema
July 29, 1994 Barcelona Fine Line Features
September 23, 1994 The Shawshank Redemption Columbia Pictures
January 27, 1995 Before Sunrise Detour Filmproduction
March 19, 1995 For Better or Worse
March 24, 1995 Dolores Claiborne
May 19, 1995 Forget Paris
August 25, 1995 Beyond Rangoon
September 22, 1995 The Run of the Country
November 17, 1995 The American President Columbia Pictures
Universal Pictures
December 15, 1995 Othello Columbia Pictures
December 22, 1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It
February 16, 1996 A Midwinter's Tale Sony Pictures Classics
City Hall Columbia Pictures
June 21, 1996 Lone Star
June 28, 1996 Striptease
August 14, 1996 Alaska
August 23, 1996 The Spitfire Grill Gregory Productions
September 27, 1996 Extreme Measures
December 20, 1996 Ghosts of Mississippi
December 25, 1996 Hamlet
Some Mother's Son
January 31, 1997 Waiting for Guffman Sony Pictures Classics
February 7, 1997 subUrbia Detour Filmproduction
February 14, 1997 Absolute Power Columbia Pictures
January 30, 1998 Zero Effect
February 20, 1998 Palmetto
April 10, 1998 My Giant
April 17, 1998 Sour Grapes
May 29, 1998 The Last Days of Disco Westerly Films Gramercy Pictures
August 20, 1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Warner Bros. Pictures
October 15, 1999 The Story of Us Universal Pictures
December 10, 1999 The Green Mile Darkwoods Productions Warner Bros. Pictures


Release Date Title Co-Producer Distribution
September 15, 2000 Bait Warner Bros. Pictures
September 29, 2000 Best in Show
October 13, 2000 Lost Souls New Line Cinema
December 8, 2000 Proof of Life Warner Bros. Pictures
December 22, 2000 Miss Congeniality Village Roadshow Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures
September 28, 2001 Hearts in Atlantis
December 21, 2001 The Majestic
April 19, 2002 Murder by Numbers Warner Bros. Pictures
April 26, 2002 The Salton Sea
August 16, 2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Village Roadshow Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures
December 20, 2002 Two Weeks Notice
January 17, 2003 Kangaroo Jack Jerry Bruckheimer Films
March 21, 2003 Dreamcatcher Village Roadshow Pictures
May 9, 2003 A Mighty Wind
April 30, 2004 Envy Baltimore Pictures DreamWorks Pictures
Columbia Pictures
July 2, 2004 Before Sunset Detour Filmproduction Warner Independent Pictures
November 10, 2004 The Polar Express Golden Mean Productions, ImageMovers and Playtone Warner Bros. Pictures
November 16, 2004 Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
March 24, 2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Village Roadshow Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures
November 22, 2006 For Your Consideration Warner Independent Pictures
February 14, 2007 Music and Lyrics Village Roadshow Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures
April 20, 2007 Fracture New Line Cinema
April 20, 2007 In the Land of Women Warner Bros. Pictures
July 27, 2007 No Reservations Village Roadshow Pictures
October 12, 2007 Michael Clayton Section Eight Productions and Mirage Enterprises
Sleuth Sony Pictures Classics
January 8, 2008 The Bucket List Warner Bros. Pictures
April 11, 2008 Chaos Theory Lone Star Film Group
December 18, 2009 Did You Hear About the Morgans? Relativity Media Columbia Pictures


Release Date Title Co-Producer Distribution Notes
August 6, 2010 Flipped Warner Bros. Pictures
November 24, 2010 Faster State Street Pictures CBS Films
TriStar Pictures
July 22, 2011 Friends with Benefits Olive Bridge Entertainment Screen Gems Studio-credit only
July 6, 2012 The Magic of Belle Isle Revelations Entertainment Magnolia Pictures
May 24, 2013 Before Midnight Detour Filmproduction and Venture Forth Sony Pictures Classics Studio-credit only
July 11, 2014 And So It Goes Foresight Unlimited Clarius Entertainment
October 8, 2014 The Rewrite Reserve Room Image Entertainment
RLJ Entertainment
May 6, 2016 Being Charlie Jorva Entertainment Productions and Defiant Pictures Paladin
November 3, 2017 LBJ[15] co-production with Acacia Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings, & Star Thrower Entertainment Electric Entertainment
Vertical Entertainment
July 13, 2018 Shock and Awe co-production with Acacia Entertainment and Savvy Media Holdings Vertical Entertainment

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  2. ^ "EX-21 SUBSIDIARIES OF THE REGISTRANT". Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  3. ^ a b c d Herman, Karen. Interview with Rob Reiner. Archive of American Television (November 29, 2004).
  4. ^ "Coca-Cola division invests in film production company". The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. 14 October 1987.
  6. ^ Turner Broadcasting Company Report. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.
  7. ^ "Chicago Tribune" Done deal: Turner Broadcasting System Inc. said it closed..., Retrieved on December 27, 2012
  8. ^ a b Cox, Dan (1994-02-04). "Castle Rock gets intl". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  9. ^ a b Cox, Dan (1997-12-07). "Castle Rock near split-rights deal". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  10. ^ Harris, Dana (2000-06-19). "Telco at Castle door". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  11. ^ Eller, Claudia (23 October 1998). "MGM Agrees to Acquire PolyGram Movie Library". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  12. ^ Frankel, Daniel (22 October 1998). "NEWS/ MGM Acquires Lion's Share of PolyGram". E!. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  13. ^ "COMPANY NEWS; MGM SAYS IT WILL BUY POLYGRAM'S MOVIE LIBRARY". The New York Times. 23 October 1998. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Warner Bros. Teams Up With PolyGram to Co-Finance & Co-Distribute Castle Rock Pictures". 6 January 1998. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (June 16, 2015). "Woody Harrelson to Play Lyndon B. Johnson in Rob Reiner Political Drama". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  16. ^ a b Fleming, Jr., Mike (August 5, 2013). "Castle Rock Extends Funding Relationship With 'Before Midnight' Backer Venture Forth". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 5, 2013.

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