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Picturehouse (company)

Film company
Founded 2005 (original company; defunct 2008) 2013 (revived studio)
Headquarters New York City, New York, U.S.
Key people
Bob Berney (CEO)
Jeanne Berney (President)

Picturehouse is a specialty film production and distribution company formed in 2005 as a joint venture of New Line Cinema and HBO Films, both divisions of Time Warner.

The company was formed from New Line and HBO's acquisition of the distribution arm of Newmarket Films, which was run by Bob Berney, who would remain the head of this new company. New Line's specialty division Fine Line Features was folded into Picturehouse. Its DVD releases were split between HBO Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

After Time Warner's 2008 consolidation of New Line into Warner Bros., the Hollywood press believed that Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures would retire and merge.[1] On May 8, 2008, however, it was announced that both of the specialty divisions would be shut down, costing 70 employees their jobs.[2]

Their most famous release is Pan's Labyrinth, a dark fairy-tale released in 2006, which won 3 Oscars.[3]


The company was started in 2005 by New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and HBO. It was influenced by Warner Independent Pictures, another division of Warner Bros. They had a slow start with a few box office bombs before taking off with Pan's Labyrinth, earning six nominations and three Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards. They went on to produce other popular films such as La Vie En Rose, which won 2 Oscars, and The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which disappointed on initial release, but developed a cult following. They shut down in May 2008.

New company

On January 15, 2013, it was announced that Picturehouse would be relaunched, after its founder Bob Berney acquired the logo and trademark from Warner Bros. The first movie released under the revived Picturehouse label was Metallica: Through the Never. Since then Picturehouse has released Adam Wingard's The Guest (2014) and acquired the domestic rights to Gloria which will release early 2015.


Release Date Title
July 22, 2005 Last Days
September 16, 2005 The Thing About My Folks
October 19, 2005 Ushpizin
January 27, 2006 Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
April 14, 2006 The Notorious Bettie Page
June 9, 2006 A Prairie Home Companion
November 9, 2006 Who the *$&% Is Jackson Pollock?
November 10, 2006 Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus
January 19, 2007 Pan's Labyrinth
March 9, 2007 Starter for 10
June 1, 2007 Gracie
June 8, 2007 La Vie en rose
August 3, 2007 El Cantante
August 10, 2007 Rocket Science
August 17, 2007 The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
September 14, 2007 Silk
January 11, 2008 The Orphanage
February 8, 2008 Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland
February 29, 2008 The Fox and the Child
March 28, 2008 Run, Fatboy, Run
June 6, 2008 Mongol
July 2, 2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
September 12, 2008 The Women
January 20, 2009 Amusement


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