New Line Cinema, an American film studio, is a leading producer and distributor of films. It has its headquarters in California.
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New Line Cinema was founded in 1967 by Robert Shaye, and it was acquired by Turner Broadcasting System in 1994 which itself was acquired by Time Warner in 1996. The New Line Cinema was finally merged with parent company Warner Bros in 2008, and Kevin Tsujihara is the incumbent Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
After its incorporation in 1967, New Line Cinema as a film distribution company mainly focused on supplying films for the college campuses in the United States. The initial focus of the company was on horror films, low budget movies and the ones that had limited mainstream audience. Pink Flamingos, Night of the Living Dead, Madame Rosa and Get Out Your Handkerchiefs are some of the initial movies that were distributed.
In early 1980s New Line decided to venture into production of the films along with its distribution and released its first movie Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 which was an instant hit. Since then it has released many movies that earned it a lot of name in the industry. It also diversified into the television line. Semi-Pro was the last movie released as a separate company in 2008. Even after the merger with Warner Bros New Line Cinema remains a separate unit in terms of development, production, marketing, distribution and business affairs.
Some of the famous movies under its banner include The Lord of the Rings, Rush Hour, Dumb and Dumber, the Mask, Seven, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Mortal Kombat, The Golden Compass, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Final Destination, Spawn and Blade.