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United Artists

In-name-only American digital media/entertainment company / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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United Artists Corporation (UA) is an American production and distribution company founded in 1919 by D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks as a venture premised on allowing actors to control their own interests rather than being dependent upon commercial studios.[2]

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United Artists Corporation
United Artists Digital Studios (2018–2019)
Company typeLabel
FoundedFebruary 5, 1919; 105 years ago (1919-02-05) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
DefunctDecember 31, 2019; 4 years ago (2019-12-31)
Fatecurrently exists in-name-only
HeadquartersBeverly Hills, California, United States
WebsiteOfficial website (archived)

After numerous ownership and structural changes and revamps, United Artists was acquired by media conglomerate Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1981 for a reported $350 million ($1.1 billion today).[3] On September 22, 2014, MGM acquired a controlling interest in One Three Media and Lightworkers Media and merged them to revive the television production unit of United Artists as United Artists Media Group (UAMG). MGM itself acquired UAMG on December 14, 2015, and folded it into their own television division.[4]

MGM briefly revived the United Artists brand name under United Artists Digital Studios for the Stargate Origins web series as part of its Stargate franchise but retired it after 2019 and used their eponymous MGM brand instead for its new subsequent content releases.

A local joint distribution venture between MGM and Annapurna Pictures launched on October 31, 2017[5] was rebranded as United Artists Releasing on February 5, 2019, in honor of its 100th anniversary.[6][7] However, the new parent company of MGM, Amazon, folded it into MGM on March 4, 2023, citing "newfound theatrical release opportunities" following the box-office opening success of Creed III.[1] The company exists largely in-name-only.

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