Trimark Pictures (also referred to as Trimark) was an American
production company that specialized in the production and distribution of television
and home video motion pictures
. The company was formed in 1984 by Mark Amin
as Vidmark Entertainment with Vidmark Inc. (later Trimark Holdings Inc.) established as the holding company. As a small studio, Trimark produced and released theatrical
and home video motion pictures
. The logo features a triangle with a profile of a tiger's head.
Among the company's many releases are Peter Jackson's
1992 film ''Dead Alive
'', which they chose to release theatrically due to Jackson's possessing a following. They are well known for releasing films considered to be controversial for the time period, as in the case with the 1999 film ''Better Than Chocolate
'', as some newspapers refused to carry advertisements for the film that featured the word "lesbian" as part of a critic blurb.
Vidmark Entertainment was formed in August 1984 and began operating as a domestic home video distributor in early 1985. In 1987, Vidmark began distributing and sub-licensing motion pictures for international distribution.
Vidmark Entertainment first became involved with motion picture production in 1988, when its founders and investors provided financing for the feature ''Demonwarp
''. ''Demonwarp'' was produced by Richard L. Albert
through his advertising company Design Projects, Inc., which was Vidmark's and many other home video and independent film distributors' advertising company. ''Demonwarp'' was shot on 35mm film, and starred George Kennedy
, but only cost $250,000 to make. Coming from a marketing background, producer Rick Albert convinced Mark Amin that if the film's budget was limited to the minimum baseline sales that Vidmark could make with any film released on videocassette in the United States, then the motion picture would have to be profitable. Since the original investors in Vidmark also invested in and owned the 20/20 Video chain of stores, they could accurately project what the minimum sales would be. The projections proved true, and adding to the robust U.S. home video sales, international sales, cable and free television sales, ''Demonwarp'' earned many multiples of its original budget. Mark Amin served as executive producer, and during production of ''Demonwarp'' he decided to raise money by a public offering of Vidmark, to form Trimark.
Trimark picked up its first film, ''Warlock
'', a 1989 film
starring Julian Sands
which was a major theatrical hit with fans of such films. Trimark eventually made the sequel ''Warlock: The Armageddon
'' in 1993. Trimark also saw success in other familiar film series the studio produced and distributed. ''Leprechaun
'', released in 1993 starring a young Jennifer Aniston
and Warwick Davis
as the sinister leprechaun grossed over $10 million during its theatrical run. One theatrical
sequel and four direct to video sequels
eventually followed. Other Trimark productions included ''The Dentist
'', a major hit on HBO
, ''Return of the Living Dead III
'' and ''Pinocchio's Revenge
''. Trimark also made the dramatic ''Eve's Bayou
'', starring Samuel L. Jackson
, which received critical acclaim. Trimark also released the miniseries
''Storm of the Century
'' on home video.
On December 31, 1991, Vidmark acquired International Broadcast Systems, Ltd. for $1.6 million and renamed the company as Trimark Television. In June 1992, Vidmark, Inc. changed its name to Trimark
Holdings, Inc. to reflect Trimark's diversification of its distribution streams. In March 1993, the company formed Trimark Interactive to expand into the emerging market for
interactive software and multimedia. Trimark Interactive's assets were sold to Graphix Zone in March 1997.
In 2000, Trimark merged with Lions Gate Entertainment
in which Amin became the single largest shareholder. In 2001, Mark Amin
founded Sobini Films, and is its CEO.
In late 2017, Lionsgate launched a channel for Roku
streaming players using the Vidmark name and a modified variant of their late 1980s logo, with Lionsgate-owned movies, including some from the original Vidmark and Trimark, amongst the selection.
List of distributed movies
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