Beacon Pictures

Beacon Pictures
Film production
Founded 1990
Founder Armyan Bernstein[1]
Headquarters Santa Monica, California
Products Motion pictures, television

Beacon Pictures is an American film production and international sales company founded in 1990 by Armyan Bernstein,[2] who is also its chairman.[3] The company produces motion pictures for studios such as Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Beacon was acquired in 1996 for $29 million by COMSAT, who one year later put the company under its Ascent Entertainment Group division. By early 1999, Ascent was about to be broken up due to financial problems, mostly steming from building the Pepsi Center in Denver.[4] Bernstein and venture capitalists Kevin O’Donnell and convicted criminal Reed Slatkin purchased Beacon back for $19 million, restoring its independent company status.[5][6]




  1. "People". Beacon Pictures.
  2. "About Us". Beacon Pictures. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  3. "People". Beacon Pictures. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  4. Higgins, Bill (16 December 1999). "'Hurricane' warning". Variety.
  5. Peers, Benedict Carver, Martin (21 January 1999). "Beacon buyback". Variety.
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