Carolco Pictures

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Carolco Pictures, Inc. was an American independent film studio that existed from 1976 to 1995, founded by Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna.[1] Kassar and Vajna ran Carolco together until 1989, when Vajna left to form Cinergi Pictures. Carolco hit its peak in the 1980s and early 1990s, with blockbuster successes including the first three films of the Rambo franchise, Total Recall, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Basic Instinct, Universal Soldier, Cliffhanger and Stargate. Nevertheless, the company was losing money overall and required a corporate restructuring in 1992. The 1995 film Cutthroat Island, intended to be a comeback for the studio, instead lost $147 million and brought the company to an end.[2]

Quick facts: Type, Industry, Founded, Founders, Defunct...
Carolco Pictures, Inc.
FoundedMarch 30, 1976; 47 years ago (March 30, 1976)[1]
FoundersMario Kassar[1]
Andrew G. Vajna[1]
DefunctDecember 22, 1995; 27 years ago (1995-12-22)
FateBankruptcy, assets and name now owned by StudioCanal
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California[1],
Key people
Mario Kassar
(Chairman & CEO)
ProductsMotion pictures
DivisionsCarolco Television Productions
SubsidiariesOrbis Communications
The IndieProd Company