- Touchstone Pictures
company_name = Touchstone Pictures
company_|2002 company_type = Subsidiary
Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group
The Walt Disney Company
Burbank, California, USA (1984)
Walt Disney Studios (Burbank), California
homepage = [http://touchstone.movies.go.com/index.html www.touchstonepictures.com]
Touchstone Pictures is one of several alternate
filmlabels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. Its releases typically feature more mature themes than those that are released under the Walt Disney Picturesbanner.
Touchstone Pictures is merely a brand and does not exist as a separate company: the two
de factocompanies behind it are the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group and Walt Disney Pictures and Television. [ The Walt Disney Company SEC filing Form 10-KFor the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2006, page 15]
In late 1979, Walt Disney Productions released "
The Black Hole", a science-fictionfilm that was the studio's first production to receive a PG rating (the company, however, had already distributed its first PG-rated film, "Take Down"—without the Disney name visible—almost a year before the release of "The Black Hole".) Over the next few years, Disney experimented with more PG-rated fare, such as the 1981 film " Condorman", 1982's "Tron" and 1983's "Never Cry Wolf" and "Trenchcoat". The latter film attracted major criticism for including adult themes that were considered inappropriate for a Disney film. [cite web
title=Trivia for "Trenchcoat" (1983)
accessdate=2006-11-23 ] The controversy over "Trenchcoat" is generally considered the catalyst that later sparked the creation of Touchstone Pictures. One title considered for the new company was "Hyperion Pictures", named after the location of the studio in the 1930s before the move to Burbank. Eventually, Hyperion would become the name of Disney's publishing arm.
Started by then Disney CEO
Ron W. Millerin 1984, Touchstone's first release was "Splash", a huge hit for Walt Disney Productions, grossing $68 million at the domestic boxoffice. [ [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=1984&p=.htm 1984 Yearly Chart for Domestic Grosses at boxofficemojo.com] , Retrieved on May 25, 2007.] "Splash" included brief nudity on the part of star Daryl Hannahand occasional inappropriate language, earning a PG-rating. Because of its success, yet another Disney film label was started in 1990, Hollywood Pictures, with the release of "Arachnophobia".
Following the success of the Disney-branded PG-13 rated "" in 2003, and other films that in the 1980s and 90's would have been assigned to the Touchstone (or Hollywood Pictures) label, Disney has decided to weigh distribution of films more toward Disney-branded films and away from Touchstone films, though not entirely disbanding them. [
The Walt Disney Company SEC filing Form 10-KFor the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2006, page 15]
Some well-known Touchstone Pictures releases include "
Dead Poets Society", " Pretty Woman", " Sister Act", "The Insider", and " Good Morning Vietnam".
Through Touchstone, Disney's first R-rated film, "
Down and Out in Beverly Hills", came in January 1986 and was a large box-office success. " Ruthless People" followed in April 1986 and was also very successful. Both of these pictures starred Bette Midler, who had signed a six picture deal with Disney and became a major film star again with these hits as well as " Beaches" and "Outrageous Fortune".
One of the key producers behind Touchstone films of recent times has been producer
Jerry Bruckheimer, who has had a production deal with Disney since the early '90s. [Lev, Michael ( January 18, 1991, Friday), 2 Top Movie Producers Sign Disney Accord, The New York TimesFinancial Desk. Late Edition - Final, Section D, Page 3, Column 1, 286 words] His Touchstone titles include " The Ref", " Con Air", "Armageddon", "Enemy of the State", "Gone in Sixty Seconds", "Coyote Ugly", "Pearl Harbor", "Bad Company", "Veronica Guerin", "King Arthur" and "Déjà Vu". In addition, Bruckheimer has also produced several other movies released under the Walt Disney Pictures and Hollywood Pictures labels.
Many films from the
Walt Disney Motion Pictures Grouphave before release shifted between the Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures imprints before finally settling for one. Examples include " Who Framed Roger Rabbit", "Dick Tracy", "The Rocketeer", " The Nightmare Before Christmas", " The Santa Clause", " Remember the Titans", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Bringing Down the House", "National Treasure", "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", " Dark Water", "Hidalgo" and "". Of these films, "The Rocketeer", "The Santa Clause", "Remember the Titans", "National Treasure", and "The Curse of the Black Pearl" were released under the Disney label; ironically, "The Santa Clause" was released under both the Disney and Hollywood Pictures labels. The rest were released under Touchstone.
Disney's former non-Disney branded television division, Touchstone Television Productions, LLC [formerly known as Touchstone Pictures and Television (itself an alternate version of
Walt Disney Pictures and Television) and later Touchstone Television] , is known for being the production company of the series " The Golden Girls", "Blossom", " Boy Meets World" (all three began before Disney's ABC acquisition), " My Wife and Kids", " Desperate Housewives", "Lost", " Grey's Anatomy", and "Scrubs".
February 8, 2007at the Disney Investor Conference, Disney-ABC Television GroupPresident Anne Sweeney, announced that they would rebrand Touchstone Television to ABC Television Studio in order tie its successful productions more closely with the ABC brand. The announcement was made as part of a company-wide strategy to focus on three core brands, Disney, ABC and ESPN. [ [http://corporate.disney.go.com/corporate/moreinfo/abc_renames_tele_studio.html The Walt Disney Company News Release, "Disney-ABC Television Group Renames Television Studio".] Retrieved on May 25, 2007] In May 2007, the television production company yet again changed its name, this time to ABC Studios.
By the end of 2007, Disney's video game subsidiary Buena Vista Games began to produce material under its own Touchstone imprint. As is the case with its motion picture and television counterparts, Touchstone merely acts as a label/imprint of Disney Interactive and not its own entity.Fact|date=January 2008 The first such release was the "Turok" video game in 2008.
List of Touchstone Pictures productions
A Trip Through the Walt Disney Studios", a documentary from 1937
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment(formerly Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures(formerly Buena Vista Pictures Distribution)
List of notable Disney feature filmsfor both live-action and animated films released under the Disney label
* Walt Disney Studios
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