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Castle Rock Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded in 1987 by Martin Shafer, director Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Glenn Padnick and Alan Horn. It is a subsidiary of Time Warner and a unit of Warner Bros. Entertainment.


Company Edit

Reiner named the company in honor of the Maine town that serves as the setting of several stories by Stephen King (which was named after the fictitious Castle Rock in Lord of the Flies), after the success of his film Stand by Me, which was based on The Body, a novella by King.

Reiner and Scheinman already had a production company. They were friends with Shafer, who worked with Horn at 20th Century Fox at the time. Horn was disappointed at Fox and agreed to join the trio at forming the company. Horn brought along Padnick, who was an executive at Embassy Television. In Castle Rock, Horn became the CEO, Shafer ran the film division, Padnick ran TV, and Reiner & Scheinman became involved in the development of productions.

The company was originally backed by The Coca-Cola Company, the then-parent company of Columbia Pictures. Coke and the company's founders jointly owned a stake in the company. Months after the deal, Coke exited the entertainment business, succeeded by Columbia Pictures Entertainment (now Sony Pictures Entertainment).

In 1989, Castle Rock was supported by another backer, Group W, a subsidiary of Westinghouse. Castle Rock later struck a deal with Nelson Entertainment, the company that owned the domestic home video rights to Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, and The Princess Bride, to co-finance Castle Rock's films.

Under the deal, Nelson also distributed the films on video in North American markets, and handled international theatrical distribution, while Columbia, which Nelson forged a distribution deal with, would receive domestic theatrical distribution rights. Some of Nelson's holdings were later acquired by New Line Cinema, which took over Nelson's duty. Columbia, shortly after the company's formation, thereafter had to re-invest with a substantial change in terms when accumulated losses exhausted its initial funding.

Reiner has stated that Castle Rock's purpose was to allow creative freedom to individuals; a safe haven away from the pressures of studio executives. Castle Rock was to make films of the highest quality, whether they made or lost money.

Castle Rock has also produced several television shows, such as the successful sitcom Seinfeld and the animated sitcom Mission Hill.


Turner purchase and Time Warner ownership Edit

On August 1993, Turner Broadcasting System agreed to acquire Castle Rock, along with co-financing partner (and eventual Castle Rock corporate sibling) New Line Cinema. The sale was completed on December 22, 1993. The motivation behind the purchase to allow a stronger company to handle the overhead. Turner Broadcasting eventually merged with Time Warner in 1996. Castle Rock Entertainment then became a division of Warner Bros. MGM owns the rights to the pre-1994 Castle Rock Entertainment films because of the acquisition of the pre-1996 PolyGram library where Nelson Entertainment was in it. Warner Bros., through Castle Rock, owns its post-1994 library and the TV rights to the pre-1994 library with the exception of Seinfeld and Thea.


Filmography Edit

1980sEdit

Title Release Date Notes
April 14, 1989 Winter People co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment
July 21, 1989 When Harry Met Sally... co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment

1990sEdit

1990sEdit

Release Date Title Notes
March 16, 1990 Lord of the Flies co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment
October 12, 1990 Spirit of '76 co-production with Columbia Pictures and Commercial Pictures
October 26, 1990 Sibling Rivalry co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment
November 30, 1990 Misery co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment
June 7, 1991 City Slickers co-production with Columbia Pictures and Nelson Entertainment
September 20, 1991 Late for Dinner co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema
April 24, 1992 Year of the Comet co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema
August 28, 1992 Honeymoon in Vegas co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema
September 23, 1992 Mr. Saturday Night co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema
December 11, 1992 A Few Good Men co-production with Columbia Pictures
March 5, 1993 Amos & Andrew co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema
July 9, 1993 In the Line of Fire co-production with Columbia Pictures
August 27, 1993 Needful Things co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema
October 1, 1993 Malice co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema
November 24, 1993 Josh and S.A.M. co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema
June 10, 1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold co-production with Columbia Pictures
June 29, 1994 Little Big League co-production with Columbia Pictures
July 22, 1994 North co-production with Columbia Pictures and New Line Cinema
September 23, 1994 The Shawshank Redemption co-production with Columbia Pictures
January 27, 1995 Before Sunrise co-production with Columbia Pictures
March 19, 1995 For Better or Worse co-production with Columbia Pictures
March 24, 1995 Dolores Claiborne co-production with Columbia Pictures
May 19, 1995 Forget Paris co-production with Columbia Pictures
August 25, 1995 Beyond Rangoon co-production with Columbia Pictures
September 22, 1995 The Run of the Country co-production with Columbia Pictures
November 17, 1995 The American President co-production with Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures
December 15, 1995 Othello co-production with Columbia Pictures
December 22, 1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It co-production with Columbia Pictures
February 16, 1996 A Midwinter's Tale co-production with Sony Pictures Classics
City Hall co-production with Columbia Pictures
June 21, 1996 Lone Star co-production with Columbia Pictures
June 28, 1996 Striptease co-production with Columbia Pictures
August 14, 1996 Alaska co-production with Columbia Pictures
August 23, 1996 The Spitfire Grill co-production with Columbia Pictures
September 27, 1996 Extreme Measures co-production with Columbia Pictures
December 20, 1996 Ghosts of Mississippi co-production with Columbia Pictures
December 25, 1996 Hamlet co-production with Columbia Pictures
Some Mother's Son co-production with Columbia Pictures
January 31, 1997 Waiting for Guffman co-production with Sony Pictures Classics
February 7, 1997 subUrbia co-production with Sony Pictures Classics
February 14, 1997 Absolute Power co-production with Columbia Pictures
January 30, 1998 Zero Effect co-production with Columbia Pictures
February 20, 1998 Palmetto co-production with Columbia Pictures
April 10, 1998 My Giant co-production with Columbia Pictures
April 17, 1998 Sour Grapes co-production with Columbia Pictures

2000sEdit

Release Date Title Notes
April 30, 2004 Envy co-production with DreamWorks SKG and Columbia Pictures
October 12, 2007 Sleuth co-production with Sony Pictures Classics
December 18, 2009 Did You Hear About the Morgans? co-production with Columbia Pictures


2010sEdit

Release Date Title Notes
November 24, 2010 Faster co-production with CBS Films and TriStar Pictures
July 22, 2011 Friends with Benefits co-production with Screen Gems
May 24, 2013 Before Midnight co-production with Sony Pictures Classics and Venture Forth

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