Picturehouse (company)

Predecessor Fine Line Features
Founded 2005 (original company)
2013 (revived studio)
Founders New Line Cinema
HBO Films
Headquarters New York City, New York, U.S.
Key people
Bob Berney (CEO)
Jeanne Berney (President)
Website www.picturehouse.com

Picturehouse is an American film production and distribution company formed in 2005 as a joint venture of New Line Cinema and HBO Films, both subsidiaries of WarnerMedia.

The company was formed from New Line and HBO's acquisition of the distribution arm of Newmarket Films, which was run by Bob Berney, who would remain the head of this new company. New Line's specialty division Fine Line Features was folded into Picturehouse. Its DVD releases were split between HBO Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

After Time Warner's 2008 consolidation of New Line into Warner Bros., the Hollywood press believed that Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures would merge to create a new division.[1] On May 8, 2008, however, it was announced that both of the specialty divisions would be shut down, costing 70 employees their jobs.[2]


The company was started in 2005 by Time Warner subsidiaries New Line Cinema and HBO. It was influenced by Warner Independent Pictures, a division of Warner Bros. They had a slow start with a few box office bombs before taking off with Pan's Labyrinth, earning six nominations and three Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards. They went on to produce other popular films such as La Vie En Rose, which won 2 Oscars, and The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which disappointed on initial release, but developed a cult following. They shut down in May 2008.[3]

On January 15, 2013, it was announced that Picturehouse would be relaunched, after its founder Bob Berney acquired the logo and trademark from Warner Bros..[4] The first movie released under the revived Picturehouse label was Metallica: Through the Never.[5]



Release Date Title
July 22, 2005Last Days
September 16, 2005The Thing About My Folks
October 19, 2005Ushpizin
January 27, 2006Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
April 14, 2006The Notorious Bettie Page
June 9, 2006A Prairie Home Companion
November 9, 2006Who the *$&% Is Jackson Pollock?
November 10, 2006Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus
December 29, 2006Pan's Labyrinth
March 9, 2007Starter for 10
June 1, 2007Gracie
June 8, 2007La Vie en rose
August 3, 2007El Cantante
August 10, 2007Rocket Science
August 17, 2007The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
September 14, 2007Silk
January 11, 2008The Orphanage
February 8, 2008Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland
February 29, 2008The Fox and the Child
March 28, 2008Run, Fatboy, Run
June 6, 2008Mongol
July 2, 2008Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
September 12, 2008The Women
January 20, 2009Amusement


Release Date Title
October 4, 2013Metallica: Through the Never
September 17, 2014The Guest
July 17, 2015Gloria
October 9, 2015Big Stone Gap


  1. Thompson, Anne (March 4, 2008). "Warner Bros. shape shifts". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
  2. Hayes, Dade; McNary, Dave (May 8, 2008). "Picturehouse, WIP close shop". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
  3. Deen, Nate (May 9, 2008). "Warner Bros. Shuts Down Picturehouse and Warner Independent". FilmSchoolRejects.com. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  4. Fleming, Mike (January 15, 2013). "The Berneys are Back with Picturehouse, and Now They've got Metallica". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  5. Cunningham, Todd (September 25, 2013). "'Metallica Through the Never' Rocks the Rebirth of Indie Picturehouse". TheWrap.com. Retrieved February 20, 2016.

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