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Artisan Entertainment was a film studio founded in 1998, which was bought by and merged with Lionsgate in 2006.

It was considered one of the largest mini-major film studios until it was purchased by later mini-major film studio Lions Gate Entertainment in 2003. At the time of its acquisition, Artisan had a library of thousands of films developed through acquisition, original production, and production and distribution agreements. Its headquarters and private screening room were located in Santa Monica, California. It also had an office in Tribeca in Manhattan, New York.

The company owned the home video rights to the film libraries of Republic Pictures, ITC Entertainment, EMI Films, Gladden Entertainment, Miramax Films, Hemdale Film Corporation, The Shooting Gallery, and Carolco Pictures before it went defunct.

Artisan's releases included Requiem for a Dream, Pi, Killing Zoe, The Blair Witch Project, Grizzly Falls,, Novocaine, and National Lampoon's Van Wilder.

It distributed Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie with Big Idea and released it through their FHE Pictures label (the only time when it was used).

Works with Big Idea


Fun Facts


  • The studio was also going to release the now cancelled Bob and Larry Movie in 2005. However when Big Idea filed for bankruptcy, the film was abruptly shelved, only to get fully canned years later.

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