A Brief History of the Most Powerful Movie Studios

Tuesday, November 1 by Thomas West

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If you have ever wondered about what goes into making movies, you will definitely want to learn about the movie studios responsible for the great films. Although the studios have changed a great deal form their heyday, they are still some of the most powerful forces in Hollywood.

20th Century Fox

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This studio, owned by Rupert Murdoch, was formed in the early 1930s by Darryl Zanuck and Joseph M. Schenk. After experiencing several decades of up and down fortunes (they were particularly successful in the 1960s with films like “Planet of the Apes” and its sequels, and somewhat in the 1980s), they have had several recent successes including the very successful “Ice Age” franchise.

Paramount Pictures

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Paramount studios, which has become famous for films such as “Kung Fu Panda,” was founded in the early 1900s by Adolph Zukor.  Since that time, this studio has established itself as one of the most successful in the film industry, responsible for such blockbuster films as “The Ten Commandments,” “Forrest Gump” and “Titanic.”  In recent years they have been responsible for such powerhouse films as the “Iron Man" franchise, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Indiana Jones ans the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Sony Pictures

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	Although not as old as some of the other film studios, <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/sony-636/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Sony</a> Pictures, which is part of the Sony Corporation, has nevertheless established itself as a powerful force in the film industry.  It distributes its films in over 140 countries and recent hit films have included “<a href=Men in Black” and the enormously successful “Spider-Man” films.

Universal Pictures

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	This venerable institution is now part of a media conglomerate known as NBC Universal and is controlled largely by <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/comcast-42/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Comcast</a>. Founded in 1912, it has produced some of the most famous movies of all time, including “Field of Dreams” and the “Back to the Future” franchise. It is also very well known for its numerous theme parks located in California and Florida.</p>
	<strong>Walt <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/disney-681/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Disney</a> Pictures</strong></p>
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	Perhaps no film studio has occupied a position as exalted as that of Walt Disney Pictures, which has become a household name.  Begun as a <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/cartoon-488/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>cartoon</a> studio in the 1920s by the famous Walt Disney, it quickly grew into one of the most powerful producers of films ever seen in the world. In addition to such cartoon <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/classics/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>classics</a> as “The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “The <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/lion-king/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Lion King</a>,” Walt Disney pictures has also been responsible for such films as “Enchanted” and the first two films in “The Chronicles of Narnia” series.</p>
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