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Virtual Studios LLC was an American film financier, distributor and production studio based in The United States of America.
|Private Limited Company|
|Services||Film Financing |
Establishment and Early YearsEdit
Virtual Studios was founded by film directors and producers Tibor Hernadí and Benjamin Waisbren in 1986 as a film financier and media company. The Funding was backed by Hedge fund, Pacific Title, and Stark Investments.
The companies first film production and financing credits were the comedy-romance film Duane Hopwood and the dystopian political thriller film V for Vendetta in 2005. In 2006 they signed a deal to produced and finance films in association with Warner Bros.. Their next films (Poseidon, V for Vendetta, The Good German and 300) were all distributed by Warner Bros. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was their last film they co-produced for Warner Bros. and the deal was signed off. Their last film was Bangkok Dangerous and the company was left dormant after the film became a box-office flop.
Virtual Studios started a film distribution company called Virtual Films in early 2006. The company was short lived and only lasted a year and it was shut down in 2007. First Born was the only film Virtual Films distributed.
Virtual Studios ultimately closed in 2009 after being dormant for a year due to Hernadí and Waisbrein leaving the company to pursue other ventures.
|Release date||Film title||Notes|
|November 11, 2005||Duane Hopwood||distributed by IFC Films; co-produced by Big Beach; first Virtual Studios film|
|March 17, 2006||V For Vendetta|
|May 12, 2006||Poseidon|
|December 15, 2006||The Good German||distributed by Warner Bros.; co-produced by Section 8|
|December 15, 2006||300||distributed by Warner Bros.; co-produced by Legendary Pictures, Atmosphere Pictures and Hollywood Gang Productions|
|December 8, 2006||Blood Diamond||distributed by Warner Bros.; co-produced by Bedford Falls Productions and Initial Entertainment Group|
|April 26, 2007||Gardener of Eden||co-produced by Appian Way Productions|
|March 20, 2007||First Born|
|June 15, 2007||Nancy Drew||distributed by Warner Bros.; co-produced by Jerry Weintraub Productions|
|April 25, 2007||Next||distributed by Paramount Pictures; co-produced by Revolution Studios, Initial Entertainment Group and Saturn Films|
|September 2, 2007||The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford||distributed by Warner Bros.; co-produced by Scott Free Productions and Plan B Entertainment|
|July 18, 2008||Cassandra's Dream||distributed by StudioCanal Limited overseas while The Weinstein Company handeld the US Distribution rights; co-produced by The Wild Bunch|
|September 5, 2008||Bangkok Dangerous||distributed by Lionsgate; co-produced by Saturn Films and Blue Star Entertainment; final Virtual Studios film|
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