Trimark Pictures

Trimark Pictures
FormerlyVidmark Entertainment (1984–1989)
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryFilm
SuccessorLionsgate Films
(Lionsgate Entertainment)
FoundedAugust 1984; 36 years ago (1984-08) (as Vidmark Entertainment)
June 23, 1989; 31 years ago (1989-06-23) (as Trimark Pictures)
FounderMark Amin
DefunctMarch 12, 2001; 20 years ago (2001-03-12)
FateMerged with Lionsgate
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California,
Key people
Mark Amin (Chairman & CEO)
ProductsMotion Pictures
ParentVidmark, Inc. (1985–1995)
Trimark Holdings (1995–2000)
Lionsgate (2000–2001)
DivisionsTrimark Interactive[1]
Trimark Television
Kidmark Entertainment
Trimark Home Video
SubsidiariesCinemaNow (formerly)
Trimark Ultra Sports

Trimark Pictures (also referred to as Trimark) was an American[1] production company that specialized in the production and distribution of television and home video motion pictures.[2] The company was formed in 1984 by Mark Amin as Vidmark Entertainment with Vidmark Inc. (later Trimark Holdings Inc.) established as the holding company.[3] As a small studio, Trimark produced and released theatrical, independent, television 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.[4] 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.[5]

  1. ^ a b "MobyGames Profile-Trimark Interactive".
  2. ^ Jeffrey, Don (May 30, 1992). "Vidmark reports strong sales in 3rd qtr, but profits down, a third, are weak". Billboard (p 51). Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  3. ^ Levison, Louise (2013). Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents. Focal Press. p. 120. ISBN 9780240820996.
  4. ^ Konow, Peter (2012). Reel Terror: The Scary, Bloody, Gory, Hundred-Year History of Classic Horror Films. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 479. ISBN 9780312668839.
  5. ^ Jenni Olson, Bruce Vilanch (2004). The Queer Movie Poster Book. Chronicle Books. p. 122. ISBN 9780811842617.

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