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Gracie Films is an American independent film and television production company created by James L. Brooks in 1986. The company is primarily responsible for producing the long-running animated series The Simpsons, as well as the films Big, Broadcast News, and Jerry Maguire.

Gracie Films
IndustryFilm and television animation production
FounderJames L. Brooks
United States
Key people
Richard Sakai (President)[1] Edit this on Wikidata


James L. Brooks founded Gracie Films at 20th Century Fox in 1986, with Polly Platt as executive vice president. Named for comedian Gracie Allen, the company was established to "provide real writers with a vehicle to get their movies made".[2] Its primary distributor is currently Sony Pictures Entertainment, though it continues to produce The Simpsons at Fox's studios in Century City, Los Angeles.

According to Simpsons Confidential, Brooks gave The Simpsons' writing staff free rein, as he firmly believed they were the most important part of the process,[3] and "in the legal battles over The Simpsons, it was Fox that was being sued, not Gracie Films".[4] The company also coordinates international distribution and dubbing for The Simpsons,[5] "in Italy, in particular... [finding] voices for dubbing that would match those of the original American actors as closely as possible."[6]

Gracie Films' production logo depicts noisy patrons in a movie theater being shushed by a woman before the company's name appears on the screen, accompanied by its nine-note musical signature.[7] Treehouse of Horror episodes often have the jingle played in minor key on a pipe organ, with the shush replaced by a woman screaming. Other audio variations exist on The Simpsons, often with dialogue from the episode or characters such as Homer responding to the shush.



Title Creator(s) Years active Co-Produced by
The Tracey Ullman Show James L. Brooks, Jerry Belson, Ken Estin, Heide Perlman 1987–1990 20th Century Fox Television
The Simpsons Matt Groening 1989-present 20th Century Fox Television, The Curiosity Company (Season 28–present)
Sibs Heide Perlman 1991–1992 Columbia Pictures Television
Phenom Sam Simon, Dick Blasucci, Marc Flanagan 1993–1994 Columbia Pictures Television, ELP Communications
The Critic Al Jean, Mike Reiss 1994–1995 Columbia Pictures Television, Film Roman
What About Joan? Ed. Weinberger 2001–2002 Columbia TriStar Television


Title Director Released Distributor Co-produced by Note
Broadcast News James L. Brooks December 16, 1987 20th Century Fox
Big Penny Marshall June 3, 1988
Say Anything... Cameron Crowe April 14, 1989
The War of the Roses Danny DeVito December 8, 1989 Jersey Films
Regency International Pictures (Uncredited)
I'll Do Anything James L. Brooks February 4, 1994 Columbia Pictures
Bottle Rocket Wes Anderson February 21, 1996 Indian Paintbrush
Boyle-Taylor Productions
Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe December 16, 1996 TriStar Pictures Vinyl Films
As Good as It Gets James L. Brooks December 25, 1997
Riding in Cars with Boys Penny Marshall October 19, 2001 Columbia Pictures
Spanglish James L. Brooks December 17, 2004
The Simpsons Movie David Silverman July 27, 2007 20th Century Fox Rough Draft Feature Animation
Film Roman
20th Century Fox Animation
Animated film based on the hit TV show
How Do You Know James L. Brooks December 17, 2010 Columbia Pictures
The Edge of Seventeen Kelly Fremon Craig November 18, 2016 STX Entertainment Huayi Brothers Pictures
Tang Media Productions
Icebox Daniel Sawka December 5, 2018 Home Box Office HBO Films
Endeavor Content
Feature length adaption of the 2016 short film.

Miscellaneous productionsEdit

Title Released Distributor Co-produced by Note
Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" July 13, 2012 20th Century Fox Animation Film Roman Short film, shown with Ice Age: Continental Drift


  1. ^ "Richard Sakai / Variety". Variety. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Alisa Perren, Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s, p. 159, at Google Books
  3. ^ John Ortved, Simpsons Confidential, p. 30, at Google Books
  4. ^ John Ortved, Simpsons Confidential: The uncensored, totally unauthorised history of the world's greatest TV show by the people that made it, p. 126, at Google Books
  5. ^ Michela Ardizzoni, Chiara Ferrari (eds.), Beyond Monopoly: Globalization and Contemporary Italian Media, p. 101, at Google Books
  6. ^ Chiara Francesca Ferrari, Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish?: Dubbing Stereotypes in The Nanny, The Simpsons, and The Sopranos, p. 73, at Google Books
  7. ^ "All Gracie Films Variants" on YouTube

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