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Roadshow Entertainment (formerly Roadshow Home Video) is a division of the Australian media company Village Roadshow (formerly Roadshow Home Video and Roadshow Entertainment) that distributes films in Australia and New Zealand. Their first release was Mad Max. Roadshow Entertainment is an independent video distributor in Australia and New Zealand.
In 1982, Village Roadshow Entertainment was founded as Roadshow Home Video
1983: Palace Films was started as a home video distributor between Roadshow, Blake Films and private investor Antony Veccola.
In 1985, Roadshow Home Video became Village Roadshow Home Video and Premiere Home Entertainment was established. Veccola bought out the other company's stock of Palace and it ventured out into the film distribution business and opened a small number of art-house cinemas around Australia's main cities and became an independent company. Its home video release were still handled by Village Roadshow until the late 1990s.
1990: Applause Home Video and Video Selection Australia were established as a Village Roadshow label.
1993: Village Roadshow Home Video becomes Village Roadshow Entertainment.
Late 1990s: Palace home video distribution with Roadshow has been expired.
In 1997, Roadshow started releasing DVDs. Their first DVD release was Evita.
In 2008, Roadshow started releasing Blu-Rays.
2015: Roadshow buys full rights for distributing Warner Films Greece titles rather than just those distributed by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Roadshow and Village Roadshow subsidiaries and divisionsEdit
- Premiere Home Entertainment (1985–1993) – (a division of Village Roadshow)
- Festival Video (1983–1990s) – (a division of Festival Mushroom Records and Warner Bros.)
- Mushroom Video (1983–1990s) – (a division of Festival Mushroom Records and Warner Bros.)
- Applause Home Video (c. 1990 – 1993) – (a division of Village Roadshow)
- Reel Corporation (2000s–) - (budget division of Village Roadshow)
- Hopscotch Films (2005–2011) – (distributed by Village Roadshow)
- Palace Home Video/Entertainment/Films (1983–2000) – (subsidiary of Roadshow/Village Roadshow)
- Roadshow-Lorimar Home Video (1985–1990) – (a division for distributing Lorimar releases)
Labels distributed, duplicated and re-suppliedEdit
Roadshow Entertainment has its own label named Roadshow Films, which is in turn the theatrical distribution unit of Village Roadshow. On 16 December 2014, Roadshow Films acquired a 33% stake in American film production and international sales company FilmNation Entertainment. However, as of 2017, Roadshow Films' stake has since reduced to 31%.
- ABC (branded as ABC DVD and ABC Music)
- Foxtel Original
- The Weinstein Company
- New Line Cinema
- Dimension Films
- Nine Network (mid 1990s–present)
- Network Ten (1980s–mid 1990s, 2018–present)
- Village Roadshow Pictures
- Warner (2015–present)
- Warner Home Video (mid 2016–present)
- Reel Corporation (branded as Reel DVD)
- ITV Studios Home Entertainment (branded as ITV)
- FilmNation Entertainment
- Mandalay Pictures
- Endeavour Entertainment (branded as Endeavour-Roadshow)
- Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (1984-1994)