Summit Entertainment is an American film production and distribution company. It is a label of Lionsgate Films, owned by Lionsgate Entertainment and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.


Independent era (1991–2012)

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by film producers Bernd Eichinger, Arnon Milchan, and Andrew G. Vajna to handle film sales in foreign countries. Summit later expanded and was launched in 1993 by Patrick Wachsberger, Bob Hayward and David Garrett under the name Summit Entertainment LP as a distribution and sales organization. By 1995 they were producing and co-financing films, and by 1997 they started fully financing films. Among the company's early successes was ''American Pie'', which Summit distributed outside of English-speaking territories. In 2001, it hired producer Erik Feig to evolve the company into a mini-studio, maintaining creative oversight financing and producing its own slate of mainstream wide release films. In 2006, it became an independent film production company, with the addition of Rob Friedman, a former executive at Paramount Pictures. The new company added major development, production, acquisitions, marketing and distribution branches with a financing deal led by Merrill Lynch and other investors giving it access to over $1 billion in financing. Summit Entertainment's films are also distributed theatrically and on home video in Spain, the Netherlands and in Canada by Entertainment One. After a string of flops including ''P2'', ''Never Back Down'' and ''Sex Drive'', Summit found success in November 2008 with the release of ''Twilight'', a teen romance about vampires based on the best-selling book of the same name by Stephenie Meyer that made $408,773,703 worldwide. In the spring of 2009, Summit released ''Knowing'', the company's second movie to open #1 at the box office and made $182,492,056 worldwide. In November 2009, Summit released the sequel to ''Twilight'' titled ''The Twilight Saga: New Moon'', also based on the popular novel by Stephenie Meyer, breaking box office records for first weekend grosses at the time, taking in $142,839,137 in the first three days (which is #13 on the all-time opening grosses list). In June 2010 Summit released the third film of the ''Twilight'' series, ''The Twilight Saga: Eclipse''. It broke a midnight screening record of over $30 million and set a one-day Wednesday record of $68.5 million but failed to surpass the one-day tally of $72 million set by ''New Moon''. It became the first movie in the series to cross the $300 million mark domestically. In 2008, Summit Entertainment ranked in eighth place among the studios, with a gross of $226.5 million, almost entirely because of the release of ''Twilight''. In 2009, Summit ranked 7th among studios with a gross of $482.5 million. Other Summit Entertainment releases include: ''Ender's Game'' (released November 1, 2013 in the United States; an adaptation of Orson Scott Card's 1985 novel); ''Next Day Air'' ($10,027,047 US box office); ''The Hurt Locker'' ($16,400,000 US box office; it garnered Summit its first Best Picture Oscar); the animated ''Astro Boy''; teen horror film ''Sorority Row'' ($11,965,282 US box office); the low-budget ''Push'' ($31,811,527 US box office); ''Bandslam'' ($5,210,988 US box office); ''Letters to Juliet'' ($53,032,453 US box office); and, the sleeper hit, ''RED'' ($87,940,198 US box office; nominated for a 2010 Golden Globe in the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category).

Lionsgate era (2012–present)

In September 2008, merger talks between Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate were the subject of media speculation, but no deal was finalized at that time. On February 1, 2009, it was announced that Lionsgate would acquire Summit Entertainment, along with its library of six films and rights to the ''Twilight'' franchise, but two days later, these merger negotiations broke down due to concerns over changing content. On January 13, 2012, Lionsgate acquired Summit Entertainment for $412.5 million. Peak Group Holdings was the biggest investor in Summit, with about a 48% stake. The Peak Group includes investments by Emilio Diez Barroso's Nala Films and entities that are close to the Omar Amanat family trust. Lionsgate continues to operate Summit Entertainment as a label.

Other ventures

International Distribution Company

International Distribution Company, LLC (IDC) handles the distribution of Summit and Lionsgate films in Latin America, originally established as a joint venture between Summit and Pedro Rodriguez. IDC handled Summit films since 2005, and began distributing Lionsgate films in the region after Lionsgate's acquisition of Summit in 2012. IDC itself does not distribute films directly to the market; rather, it resell films to local film distributors in individual countries in Latin America, including Paris Filmes in Brazil, Cine Colombia in Colombia and Videocine in Mexico.

Film distributor history

*UK and Ireland **Momentum Pictures (2005–2013) **Entertainment One (2008–2017) **Icon Film Distribution (''The Beaver'' only) **Lionsgate UK (2017–present) **Warner Bros. (''John Wick series'' only) **Universal Pictures UK (''Step Up'' film series only) **Entertainment Film Distributors (rarely) *France **SND Films (2008–2019) **Metropolitan Filmexport **Universal Pictures France (''Step Up'' film series) *Germany, Austria, Switzerland **StudioCanal Germany **Concorde Filmverleih (2008-2019) *Canada **Mongrel Media (theatrical distribution only; 2019-present) **Entertainment One (2009–2019) **Alliance Films (2011, 2012) *Portugal **Pris Audiovisuais (2007–2019) *Spain **Laurenfilms (1996-99) **Tripictures (1997-2012) **DeAPlaneta (2003-2016) **Filmax(2007) **Aurum Producciones (1996,2006–2013) **eOne (2013–2019) *Italy **Eagle Pictures (2008–2019) **Leone Film Group (2015–2019) *Australia/New Zealand **Roadshow Films (2004–2019) **Hoyts (2007–2013) **Icon Entertainment International (2009–2019) **StudioCanal Australia (2013, 2017–2019) **Sony Pictures Releasing Australia (2013) **Entertainment One (2014–2019) *Nordic **Nordisk Film (2007–2019) *Scandinavia **SF Studios (rarely) **Nordisk Film (2012–2019)"The Street
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*Central Europe **Vertical Entertainment *Latin America **IDC (2005–2019) ***Brazil ****Paris Filmes (2005–2019) ***Colombia ****Quality Films (2004–2019) ****Cine Colombia (2008–2019) ***Mexico ****VideoCine/Televisa (2005–2019) *Middle East **Jaguar Film International Distribution *Singapore **Golden Village Pictures *Southeast Asia **Encore Films *Thailand **Mongkol Major (2005–2019) *Indonesia **SinemArt (2008–2019) *Pakistan **Hunerkada Films (2016–2019) *Japan **Paramount Pictures (2007–2019) *Russia **Central Partnership (2004–) *Mainland China **iQiyi

See also

* List of Summit Entertainment films * Lionsgate * ''Smith v. Summit Entertainment LLC''


External links

* (Now redirects to Lionsgate's website) *
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