Troublemaker Studios

Troublemaker Studios is a film production company founded and owned by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and producer Elizabeth Avellán.[1] The company is based in Austin, Texas and is at the former site of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. It shares space with Austin Studios, which is managed by the Austin Film Society, and houses production offices, sound stages and the largest green screen in Texas.

Troublemaker Studios
TypeProduction company
PredecessorLos Hooligans Productions
Founded1991; 31 years ago (1991) (as Los Hooligans Productions)
FoundersRobert Rodriguez
Elizabeth Avellán
HeadquartersAustin, Texas United States
DivisionsTroublemaker Digital
Troublemaker Sound
SubsidiariesEl Chingon Inc.
El Chingon Productions, LP
El Chingon Investments, LP
El Rey Productions
Fifth Brain Inc.
Quick Draw Productions
Quick Draw Animation
Quick Draw Holdings
Rocket Racing Rebels Record Co.
Rodriguez International Pictures

The company's visual effects division, Troublemaker Digital, is also located at the site, and uses six-core AMD Opteron processors and FirePro graphics accelerators on many of its productions. A second facility, Troublemaker Sound, is located in the hill country outside Austin. It provides post-production sound and editing facilities, including a mixing and dubbing sound stage powered by a large Pro Tools installation, and a full Avid Unity-based editing system.

In the 1990s and 2000s, it had an alliance with Dimension Films to produce projects for the studio, with most of them becoming hit films and their box office successes.[2] The company made its breakthrough with its first franchise being that of Spy Kids.[3] On August 12, 2021, the company had signed a deal with HBO and HBO Max.[4]

Los Hooligans ProductionsEdit

The company was founded in 1991 as Los Hooligans Productions, taking its name from Rodriguez's own comic strip, Los Hooligans, which he wrote and illustrated for three years while attending the University of Texas at Austin. Rodriguez chose the name so fans of the strip would recognize it when they saw his films. The company was reincorporated as Troublemaker Studios in 2000.

Los Hooligans Productions filmography:


Quick Draw ProductionsEdit

Quick Draw Productions logo

In 2010, Rodriguez launched Quick Draw Productions, a production and financing company that would allow him greater freedom to develop and produce film and television projects. Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic are his partners in the venture. In 2012, an animation division, Quick Draw Animation, was launched. Both companies are based at Troublemaker Studios.

Quick Draw Productions filmography:

  • Two Scoops (2013) (short film) (in association with BlackBerry)
  • Machete Kills (October 11, 2013) (co-production with A.R. Films, Aldamisa Entertainment, Demarest Films, Overnight Productions and 1821 Pictures; distributed by Open Road Films)[15]

Rodriguez International PicturesEdit

Rodriguez International Pictures logo

In 2006, Rodriguez launched Rodriguez International Pictures, a film and television production company that mainly focuses on the horror genre. Its name is an homage to the low-budget production company American International Pictures.

Rodriguez International Pictures filmography:


  1. ^ 'Secuestro Express': Jonathan Jakubowicz and Elizabeth Avellán on Venezuela's surprise hit
  2. ^ Roman, Monica (January 9, 1997). "Arthouse, haunted house buoy Miramax". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Bing, Jonathan; Lyons, Charles (October 9, 2000). "Dimension prexy ankles". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  4. ^ Nakamura, Reid (August 12, 2021). "Robert Rodriguez Signs First-Look Deal With HBO, HBO Max". TheWrap. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  5. ^ Lawson, Terry (May 27, 1999). "Small-screen Success Stories". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "Cinematheque bows 'Dusk 3' for Halloween". Variety. October 19, 1999. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  7. ^ Savlov, Marc (August 9, 2002). "Gadgets and Gizmos". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved September 13, 2008.
  8. ^ "AICN Exclusive: Nimród Antal is directing PREDATORS". July 1, 2009. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "Job Hotline – Crew & Industry Calls – Alita: Battle Angel". Texas Film Commission. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Austin filming locations for Alita: Battle Angel". February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Kohn, Eric (March 7, 2019). "Robert Rodriguez on Advice From James Cameron and How 'Alita: Battle Angel' Brought Him Back to His Roots". IndieWire. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  12. ^ Khatchatourian, Maane (March 28, 2017). "Robert Rodriguez to Direct 'Ugly Dolls' Animated Film for STX". Variety. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (August 21, 2019). "Priyanka Chopra Jonas To Star In Netflix Superhero Movie From 'Alita: Battle Angel' Director Robert Rodriguez". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  14. ^ "Production Weekly – Issue 1300 – Thursday, May 26, 2022 / 17 Listings – 38 Pages". Production Weekly. May 25, 2022. Archived from the original on June 7, 2022. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  15. ^ "'Machete Kills' Will Slice Into Theaters on September 13". January 15, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2020.

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