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Gracie Films is a California-based independent film and television production company, created by James L. Brooks in 1986. The company has produced many award-winning films and television series, including Big, Broadcast News, Jerry Maguire, and most notably The Simpsons. The company is primarily associated with film studio and distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment, but it still has an office at the 20th Century Fox lot as The Simpsons is still produced there.

Gracie Films
Industry Film and television animation production
Founded 1986
Founder James L. Brooks
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people
Richard Sakai (President)[1]



James L. Brooks created the production company with the help of 20th Century Fox in 1986, which was named after the comedian Gracie Allen. The company was established to "provide real writers with a vehicle to get their movies made". Through the company, Brooks gave The Simpsons free rein when it came to writing the series, as he firmly believed they were the most important part of the process.[2] Indie, Inc described it as "James L. Brooks and Polly Platt's production company, Gracie Films, which had a relationship with Columbia."[3]

Simpsons Confidential said that "It's important to note that in the legal battles over The Simpsons, it was Fox that was being sued, not Gracie Films".[4]

Beyond Monopoly also said that "FOX and Gracie Films (co-producers of the series The Simpsons) have paid to every phase of the show's international distribution".[5] Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish? explained: "In Italy, in particular, Gracie Films has worked in collaboration with Mediaset (the local distributor of The Simpsons) to find voices for dubbing that would match those of the original American actors as closely as possible."[6]


The company's production office is located in the Sidney Poitier Building on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California.


The Gracie Films animation depicts whispering and even noisy movie patrons in a theater being shushed by a woman so the company's name accompanied by music and a blue background can be seen and heard.

Some special versions of the company's animation were made to fit episodes of shows like The Simpsons, for example playing the jingle in a minor key with a pipe organ, and replacing the shush with a scream in the Treehouse of Horror anthology specials. Often, dialogue from that episode can be heard during the animation, sometimes in response to the shushing.

Television showsEdit


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[7] Daniel Sawka TBD Sony Pictures Based on the 2016 short of the same name
Untitled The Simpsons Movie sequel[8] TBA TBA 20th Century Fox Rough Draft Feature Animation
Film Roman
20th Century Fox Animation
Currently in development

Miscellaneous ProductionsEdit

Title Released Distributor Co-produced by Note
The Simpsons: Hit & Run September 16, 2003 20th Century Fox Vivendi Universal Games and Radical Entertainment Video game
The Simpsons Game October 30, 2007 20th Century Fox Electronic Arts Video game
Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" July 13, 2012 20th Century Fox Animation Film Roman Short film, shown in front of Ice Age: Continental Drift


  1. ^ "Richard Sakai / Variety". Variety. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  2. ^ John Ortved, Simpsons Confidential, p. 30, at Google Books
  3. ^ Alisa Perren, Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s, p. 159, 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. ^ "James L. Brooks' Gracie Films Tapa Daniel Sawka to Writers and Direct New Movie". December 16, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
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