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Founders of the Film Industry

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  • Léon Ernest Gaumont (1864 - 1946)
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  • Schmuel Gelbficz / Sam Goldwyn (c.1879 - 1974)
    Samuel Goldwyn (c. July 1879 – January 31, 1974) was an American film producer, and founding contributor executive of several motion picture studios. Biography Goldwyn was born Schmuel Gelbf...
  • Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977)
    One of the most creative and influential personalities of the silent-film era and one of the great icons of 20th-century film, Charlie Chaplin used mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines, and...
  • Mary Pickford (1892 - 1979)
    Known as America’s sweetheart, Mary Pickford was a legendary film actress during the age of silent pictures. She often appeared on screen in young girl roles, even when she was an adult. Pickfor...
  • Jesse L. Lasky (1880 - 1958)
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This project is about people that built and directed the first big studios and shaped the modern film industry (not directors nor actors)

Eastman "Kodak" Laboratory (1888)

  • Founder
    • George Eastman

Edison Film Manufacturing Company (1894)

Thomas A. Edison Company/The Edison Studios (1911)

  • Founders
    • Thomas Alva Edison
    • William Gilmore
    • William Kennedy Dickinson

Gaumont Pictures (1895)

Société Pathé Frères (1896)

  • Founders...
    • Charles Pathé
    • Émile Pathé
    • Théophile Pathé
    • Jacques Pathé

American Vitagraph Studios (1897)

  • Founders
    • J. Stuart Blackton
    • Albert E. Smith

Nordisk Films (1906)

  • Founders...
    • Ole Olsen

Western Film Exchange/Mutual Film Corporation (1906)

  • Founders
    • John R. Freuler
    • Harry E. Atkin
    • Roy Atkin

ALCOA Laboratories

  • Founders
    • Charles Martin Hall

Laboratoires Eclair (1907)

  • Founders...
    • Charles Jourjon
    • Ambroise-François Parnaland

American Film Manufacturing Company (1910)

(aka: The Flying "A" Studios)===

  • Founders
    • Samuel S. Hutchinson
    • John Freuer
    • Charles J. Hite

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  • *Allan Dwan

American Mutoscope And Biograph Co. (aka: The Biograph Studios)(1912)

  • Founding Members
    • D. W. Griffith
    • Mack Sennett

Laski-DeMille Picture Company(1912*)

  • Founders
    • Cecil B. DeMille
    • Jesse Laski
  • (See Paramont Pictures)

Paramount Pictures (1912)

  • Operating as Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation in 1927, which was formed as Famous Players Lasky Corporation in 1916 from the merger of Famous Players Film Company, Lasky Feature Play Company, and Paramount Pictures Corporation.
  • Founders...

Universal (1912)

  • Operating as Universal Film and Manufacturing Company in 1912 from the merger of several companies.
  • Founders...
    • Independent Moving Pictures Company (1909)
    • Champion Film Company (1909)
      • Mark M. Dintenfass
    • Powers Motion Picture Company (1910)
      • Pat Powers
    • Nestor Motion Picture Company (1911)
      • Al Christie
      • David Horsley
      • William Horsley
    • Rex Motion Picture Company
      • William Swanson
    • New York Motion Picture Company
      • Charles Baumann
      • Adam Kessel

Metro Pictures (1915)

(See also: Merger with MGM Pictures (1924))

Samuel Goldwyn Studios Corp. (1917)

  • Founder
    • Samuel Goldwyn

(See also: Merger with MGM Pictures (1924)

Mabel Normand Studios (1917)

  • Founders
    • Amabel Ethelreid Normand (Cody)
  • Associated Founder
    • Mack Sennett

Mack Sennett Studios (1917)

  • Founders
    • Mack Sennett
    • Adam Kessel
    • Charles O. Bauman

Hindustan Cinema Film Company (1918)

  • Founders...
    • Dhundiraj Govind Phalke
    • Waman Shridhar Apte
    • Mayashankar Bhatt
    • Gokuldas Damodar
    • Madhavji Jessing

Metro Studio Pictures (1915)

CBC Film Film Sales Corp. (1918)

  • Founders
    • Harry Cohn
    • Joe Brandt
    • Jack Cohn

(See also: Re-Organized and Re-Named, Columbia Pictures (1924)

United Artists (1919)

William H. Hart Productions (1919)

  • Founders
    • *William H.Hart

Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc (1923)

  • Founders...
    • Albert Warner
    • Harry Warner
    • Sam Warner
    • Jack Warner

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1924)

  • Emerged through the acquisition by Marcus Loew of several companies
  • Founders...
    • Loew's Inc (1919)
      • Marcus Loew
    • Metro Pictures (1915)
      • Richard A. Rowland
      • Louis B. Mayer
    • Goldwyn Pictures Corporation (1917)
    • Louis B. Mayer Pictures (1918)
      • Louis B. Mayer

Columbia Picture (1924)

  • Founders
    • Harry Cohn
    • Jack Cohn

RKO Radio Pictures (1928)

  • Founded by Radio Corporation of America (RCA) through the merger of Keith-Albee-Orpheum and Film Booking Offices of America.
  • Founders...
    • David Sarnoff
    • Joseph P. Kennedy

Republic Pictures Studios(1933)

A compulation merger of small Short, Serial, and Grade "B" Movie Companies.

Pioneer Pictures Inc. (1933)

  • Founders
    • John Hay Whitney
    • Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney

(See also: Merger with Selznick International Pictures (1935)

Normandy-Beacon/Colony Pictures Studio(1934)

  • Founders
    • *Arthur Alexander
      • Maxwell Alexander

(Nephews of Carl Laemmle)

Selznick International Pictures (1935)

  • Founders
    • David O. Selznick
    • John Hay "Jock" Whitney

20th Century Fox (1935)

  • Merger of Fox Film Corporation and Twentieth Century Pictures
  • Founders...
    • Fox Film Corporation (1915)
    • Twentieth Century Pictures (1933)
      • Darryl F. Zanuck
      • Joseph M. Schenck

Grand National Pictures (1936)

  • Founder
    • Edward L. Alperson

Vanguard Pictures (1946)

  • Founder
    • David O. Selznick