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Universal Pictures

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Universal Pictures (legally Universal City Studios LLC,[4] also known as Universal Studios, or simply Universal; and formerly named Universal Film Manufacturing Company and Universal-International Pictures Inc.) is an American film production and distribution company owned by Comcast through the NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment division of NBCUniversal, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the aforementioned company.

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Universal City Studios LLC
Universal Pictures
    • Universal Film Manufacturing Company (1912–1923)
    • Universal Pictures Corporation (1923–1936)
    • Universal Productions, Inc. (1936–1937)
    • Universal Pictures Company, Inc. (1937–1946)
    • Universal-International Pictures, Inc. (1946–1963)
    • Universal Pictures, Inc. (1963–1964)
    • Universal City Studios, Inc. (1964–1999)
    • Universal Studios Inc. (1999–2014)
PredecessorIndependent Moving Pictures
FoundedApril 30, 1912; 111 years ago (1912-04-30)
Headquarters10 Universal City Plaza, ,
United States
Number of locations
Area served
Key people
ProductsMotion pictures
RevenueIncrease US$11.622 billion (2022)[1]
ParentNBCUniversal Film and Entertainment
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Founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles O. Baumann, Adam Kessel, Pat Powers, William Swanson, David Horsley, Robert H. Cochrane, and Jules Brulatour, Universal is the oldest surviving film studio in the United States; the world's fifth oldest after Gaumont, Pathé, Titanus, and Nordisk Film; and the oldest member of Hollywood's "Big Five" studios in terms of the overall film market. Its studios are located in Universal City, California, and its corporate offices are located in New York City.[citation needed] In 1962, the studio was acquired by MCA, which was re-launched as NBCUniversal in 2004.

Universal Pictures is a member of the Motion Picture Association (MPA), and was one of the "Little Three" majors during Hollywood's golden age.[5]