Universal Studios, Inc.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Film
Founded April 30, 1912; 104 years ago (as Universal Film Manufacturing Company)
Founder(s) Carl Laemmle
Pat Powers
David Horsley
William Swanson
Mark Dintenfass
Charles Baumann
Robert H. Cochrane
Adam Kessel
Jules Brulatour
Headquarters Universal City, California, United States
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France
Key people Donna Langley
Jeff Shell
(Chairman, Filmed Entertainment)
Products Motion pictures
Revenue US$4.239 billion (2011)
Net income US$27 million (2011)
Owner(s) Comcast
Parent NBCUniversal
Divisions Universal Animation Studios
Focus Features
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Subsidiaries Gramercy Pictures
Geo LTD. Animation
DreamWorks Animation
Illumination Entertainment
Amblin Partners (minority)
Working Title Films
NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan
United International Pictures (50%)
Rede Telecine

Universal Studios Inc. (also known as Universal Pictures, or simply Universal) is an American film studio, owned by Comcast through its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal, and is one of Hollywood's "Big Six" film studios. Its production studios are at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California. Distribution and other corporate offices are in New York City. Universal Studios is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Universal was founded in 1912 by the German Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles O. Baumann, Adam Kessel, Pat Powers, William Swanson, David Horsley, Robert H. Cochrane, and Jules Brulatour. Universal is the world's fourth oldest major film studio, after the renowned French studios Gaumont and Pathé, and the Danish Nordisk Film company.

Starting in 2009 with the release of Woo La La, Universal currently distributes most of the Geo LTD. films since the five-year distribution deal in August 2008 after ending a partnership with Sony Pictures. As of 2017, Universal now owns Geo LTD.



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