Paramount Vantage

Paramount Vantage
Label
Industry Film
Founded May 15, 1998 (as Paramount Classics)
June 19, 2006 (as Paramount Vantage)
Founders David Dinerstein
Ruth Vitale
Defunct December 2013
Key people
John Lesher (President)
Nick Myer (Co-President)
Products Motion pictures
Owner Viacom
Parent Paramount Pictures
Website www.paramountvantage.com

Paramount Vantage (originally known as Paramount Classics) was a film distribution label of Paramount Pictures (which, in turn, has Viacom as its parent company), charged with producing, purchasing, distributing and marketing films, generally those with a more "art house" feel than films made and distributed by its parent company. Previously, Paramount Vantage operated as the specialty film division of Paramount Pictures, owned by Viacom.

Paramount Classics was launched in 1998 and released such art house fare as The Virgin Suicides, You Can Count on Me, Sunshine, Mostly Martha, Winter Solstice, and three Patrice Leconte films (Girl on the Bridge, The Man on the Train, Intimate Strangers). Although film journalist David Poland felt "Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein have proven to have wonderful taste heading up Paramount Classics",[1] the duo was fired in October 2005.[2]

In 2006, the Paramount Vantage brand branched off from Paramount Classics, which was relaunched in 2007 as a distributor of "smaller, review-driven films including foreign-language acquisitions and documentaries."[3]

In 2007, Paramount Vantage partnered with Disney subsidiary Miramax Films on two of the year's most highly regarded movies, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. Both films garnered eight nominations at the Academy Awards, with There Will Be Blood winning the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, while No Country for Old Men won for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem, and Best Picture.

Despite its critical success, Paramount Vantage continually failed to deliver the financial returns Paramount Pictures expected. Only No Country for Old Men made a profit, while films that should have generated significant returns failed to deliver through either poor or excessive marketing.[4]

In June 2008, Paramount Pictures consolidated Paramount Vantage’s marketing, distribution, and physical production departments into the parent studio, while retaining the Paramount Vantage brand to develop and acquire specialty product with dedicated creative staff.[5]

Paramount Vantage went dormant in December 2013.

Paramount Classics releases

Name Release date Production company(s)
TrekkiesMarch 12, 1999
Get RealApril 30, 1999
Cabaret BalkanJuly 23, 1999
The Adventures of Sebastian ColeAugust 6, 1999co-production with Cuplan Productions LLC
Train of LifeNovember 12, 1999
Where's Marlowe?November 12, 1999
DeterrenceMarch 10, 2000
The Virgin SuicidesMay 12, 2000
Passion of MindMay 26, 2000
SunshineJune 9, 2000
Girl on the BridgeJuly 28, 2000
You Can Count On MeNovember 17, 2000
The GiftJanuary 19, 2001co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment
Company ManMarch 9, 2001co-production with Pathé
Savage SoulsMay 20, 2001co-production with Paramount Pictures
Bride of the WindJune 8, 2001
An American RhapsodyAugust 24, 2001
Our Lady of the AssassinsSeptember 7, 2001
My First MisterOctober 12, 2001
FocusNovember 2, 2001
Sidewalks of New YorkNovember 21, 2001
Mean MachineFebruary 22, 2002
Festival in CannesMarch 3, 2002
The Triumph of LoveMay 10, 2002
The Emperor's New ClothesJune 14, 2002
Who Is Cletis Tout?July 26, 2002
Mostly MarthaAugust 16, 2002
Just a KissSeptember 27, 2002
Bloody SundayOctober 4, 2002
The Way HomeNovember 15, 2002
Till Human Voices Wake UsFebruary 21, 2003
House of FoolsApril 25, 2003
The Man on the TrainMay 9, 2003
NorthforkJuly 11, 2003
And Now... Ladies and GentlemenAugust 8, 2003
The Singing DetectiveOctober 24, 2003
The MachinistJanuary 18, 2004
The ReckoningMarch 5, 2004
The United States of LelandApril 2, 2004
Love Me If You DareMay 11, 2004
I'll Sleep When I'm DeadJune 16, 2004
Intimate StrangersJuly 30, 2004
Mean CreekAugust 20, 2004
Enduring LoveOctober 29, 2004
Fade to BlackNovember 5, 2004
Schultze Gets the BluesFebruary 18, 2005
Winter SolsticeApril 8, 2005
Mad Hot BallroomMay 13, 2005co-production with Nickelodeon Movies and Just One Productions
After You...June 3, 2005
Hustle & FlowJuly 22, 2005co-production with MTV Films and New Deal Entertainment
AsylumAugust 12, 2005
Neil Young: Heart of GoldFebruary 10, 2006
Ask the DustMarch 17, 2006co-production with Pathé
An Inconvenient TruthMay 24, 2006
Broken BridgesSeptember 8, 2006
Arctic TaleJuly 25, 2007co-production with National Geographic Films
BeneathAugust 7, 2007co-production with MTV Films
The Kite RunnerDecember 14, 2007co-production with DreamWorks Pictures
Shine a LightApril 4, 2008

Paramount Vantage releases

Release date Film title Academy Awards and notes
October 27, 2006 Babel US distribution only, co-production with Paramount Pictures, Anonymous Content, Zeta Film and Central Films
January 20, 2007 Year of the Dog
March 2, 2007 Black Snake Moan
June 22, 2007 A Mighty Heart
September 21, 2007 Into the Wild
  • 2 Nominations
November 9, 2007 No Country for Old Men
  • Won
  • Additional nominations
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Editing
    • Best Sound
    • Best Sound Editing
November 16, 2007 Margot at the Wedding
December 26, 2007 There Will Be Blood
  • Won
  • Additional nominations
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
    • Best Editing
    • Best Picture
    • Best Adapted Screenplay
    • Best Sound Editing
January 25, 2008 How She Move
February 1, 2008 The Eye
May 2, 2008 Son of Rambow
May 30, 2008 The Foot Fist Way
July 25, 2008 American Teen
September 19, 2008 The Duchess
  • Won
    • Best Costume Design
  • Additional nomination
    • Best Art Direction
December 26, 2008 Revolutionary Road
  • 3 Nominations
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Costume Design
    • Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon
December 31, 2008 Defiance
  • 1 Nomination
    • Best Original Score
August 14, 2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.
August 21, 2009 The Marc Pease Experience
September 4, 2009 Carriers
October 2, 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story
August 8, 2010 Middle Men
September 24, 2010 Waiting for "Superman"
October 1, 2010 Case 39
October 28, 2011 Like Crazy
March 16, 2012 Jeff, Who Lives at Home co-production with Indian Paintbrush
December 21, 2012 Not Fade Away
November 15, 2013 Nebraska co-production with Filmnation Entertainment

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