Picturehouse is an American film production and distribution company formed in 2005 as a joint venture of New Line Cinema and HBO Films. The company's films include Pan's Labyrinth, La Vie en rose, and The King of Kong.
Time Warner era (2005-2008)
The company was started in 2005 by Time Warner subsidiaries New Line Cinema and HBO. It was influenced by Warner Independent Pictures, a division of Warner Bros. 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 became 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.
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.
After Time Warner's 2008 consolidation of New Line into Warner Bros., the Hollywood press believed that Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures would merge to create a new division. On May 8, 2008, however, it was announced that both of the specialty divisions would be shut down, costing 70 employees their jobs.
Independent Studio era (2013-2015)
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. Until 2015, Picturehouse is defunct.
Films produced by Picturehouse on the Time Warner era.