Headquarters United States of America
Founder Joe Roth
Type of business Subsidiary
|Parent Content Partners LLC|
Ceased operations October 2007
|Products Motion picturesTelevision series|
Films produced XXX: Return of Xander Cage, XXX, XXX: State of the Union, Black Hawk Down, Hellboy
Revolution Studios is an American motion picture and television studio headed by Chief Executive Officer Vince Totino and Chief Operating Officer Scott Hemming.
The company focuses primarily on exploiting the distribution, remake and sequel rights to titles in its library, which it continues to add to through acquisitions and new productions.
Revolution was founded in 2000 by Joe Roth, a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox. The studio entered into an agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment—which also owned a stake in the company—to distribute and market Revolution's films. Roth owned the controlling interest in Revolution. Other equity owners included Hollywood executives Todd Garner, Rob Moore, Tom Sherak and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, as well as Starz Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. Coinciding with the end of its six-year distribution deal with Sony in 2007, Revolution turned its attention to exploiting the remake, sequel and television rights to films in its library. In August 2006 Revolution announced that it had licensed to Universal Pictures the sequel rights to its comic-book-inspired hit Hellboy (2004). Universal released Hellboy II: The Golden Army in the United States in 2008.
In June 2014 Roth announced that he had sold Revolution Studios to funds managed by Fortress Investment Group, for roughly $250 million. Roth continues to serve as a strategic adviser and develops TV projects for the studio through a first-look deal. Concurrent with the sale, former Chief Operating Officer Vince Totino was promoted to CEO and former finance executive Scott Hemming was named COO.
After the sale, the newly recapitalized Revolution Studios began adding to its library through a series of acquisitions. In October 2014 it acquired the foreign rights and copyrights of Morgan Creek Productions.
In October 2015 Revolution acquired Cross Creek Pictures' 50% interests in feature films Black Swan and The Ides of March. That same year Revolution announced a partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to produce non-theatrical sequels, prequels or other spinoffs based on the titles in Revolution’s library. This deal does not, however, include titles in the Morgan Creek catalog, to which Revolution owns the international rights and copyrights exclusively.
In June 2016 Revolution expanded its library to 126 films when it acquired worldwide rights to five films produced by Graham King's GK Films: Hugo, The Tourist, Edge of Darkness, The Rum Diary and The Young Victoria. The rights were previously held by Dallas-based Tango Films.
In October 2014 Revolution Studios forged a global licensing pact with Miramax, wherein the latter company would sell the worldwide TV and digital distribution rights to Revolution’s library. Miramax has been handling U.S. sales of the Revolution library since June 2012.
In May 2016 Revolution announced that it had made a seven-figure investment for a stake in Spanish-language digital services company Latin Everywhere, agreeing to license Spanish-dubbed versions of its library titles to Latin Everywhere’s video streaming platform Pongalo (Spanish for “play it”).
In January 2017, Content Partner LLC and its affiliate CP Enterprises have acquired Revolution Studios from investment funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group for an undisclosed price.
Here is a list of films independently produced by Revolution: