I’m feeling nervous but I haven’t heard a thing.
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There's no connection between the two. Warner Bros. has full ownership of MGM films made prior to 1986 - with a handful of exceptions, like a couple of the Bond pictures. MGM owns everything post '86, along with most of the United Artists, Orion, AIP, Cannon and Polygram libraries.
 

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I’m feeling nervous but I haven’t heard a thing.
I’m feeling elated.

I would imagine that this acquisition should lead to a new and different set of individuals to sit upon the MGM board; which, consequently, should bode well for film preservation and archivists, alike.

May the bleeding stop and may the aggressive stages of vinegar syndrome finally come to its end.

With this one single possibility in mind, I would have to say “Thank You” to Amazon. :thumbs-up-smiley:
 
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When Ted Turner sold most of the assets of MGM/UA what was essentially the old UA before its merger with MGM became the new MGM. MGM stuck the Lion logo on what had been United Artists releases when they were new. Films like "Marty", "West Side Story", "The Great Escape","In the Heat of the Night", the Bond , Pink Panther, and Rocky movies etc. After the Turner sale MGM acquired other film libraries to amass their current film holdings. I think of what Amazon purchased as the old United Artists. Films from the 30's, 40's, and 50's most associated with MGM which boasted they had "more stars than there are in heaven" are currently owned by Warner Bros.
 
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And how will it affect the current MGM's distribution deal with Warners? I'm just worried.
What distribution deal? The last I heard MGM had started their own distribution of their films domestically called United Artist Releasing for theatrical releases.


Founded in 2019, United Artists Releasing is a U.S. theatrical releasing company built upon the legacy of the iconic United Artists motion picture studio, providing a home where filmmakers are supported by thoughtful approaches to marketing, publicity and distribution. United Artists Releasing offers content creators an alternative distribution option outside of the studio system, and in addition to supporting Annapurna, MGM and Orion film slates, the company also releases third-party films. United Artists Releasing is a joint venture between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Annapurna Pictures (Annapurna).
 

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Right, I don't understand this thread's existence.

There were multiple misleading news reports about the deal referencing MGM's long history of classics like Singin' In The Rain, Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind. Most of the clueless reporters had no idea that these titles were sold to Turner long ago and this has led many people to assume these titles would be part of the package.
 

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There were multiple misleading news reports about the deal referencing MGM's long history of classics like Singin' In The Rain, Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind. Most of the clueless reporters had no idea that these titles were sold to Turner long ago and this has led many people to assume these titles would be part of the package.
Sloppy journalism or at least what passes for journalism these days! If amateurs like me know the pre 1986 MGM library (all the good stuff) is safe with Warners, one would think a professional writer would know his subject better if he was going to write about it. Just my two cents :D
 

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Sloppy journalism or at least what passes for journalism these days! If amateurs like me know the pre 1986 MGM library (all the good stuff) is safe with Warners, one would think a professional writer would know his subject better if he was going to write about it. Just my two cents :D
Clearly, such journalism is in lack of an HTF membership.:thumbs-up-smiley:
 

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There's no connection between the two. Warner Bros. has full ownership of MGM films made prior to 1986 - with a handful of exceptions, like a couple of the Bond pictures. MGM owns everything post '86, along with most of the United Artists, Orion, AIP, Cannon and Polygram libraries.
Not all the Polygram titles, just the Avco Embassy films (which they have to share with Canal) and a handful of mid 90s ones.
 

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Sloppy journalism or at least what passes for journalism these days! If amateurs like me know the pre 1986 MGM library (all the good stuff) is safe with Warners, one would think a professional writer would know his subject better if he was going to write about it. Just my two cents :D
That UA article I posted in the other thread lists a bunch of films that are either public domain or owned by Universal and Warners.

Yeah clearly didn't put any thought into this whatsoever.
 

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When I was in school we were routinely tested on who owns what film library.

Really? ;)

When I was in school, films were never mentioned at all. We were required to read the original books!

ie. Watching the film was considered "cheating".

Another example of the decline in educational standards.

In place of that decline, they're teaching kids E= m c^2 and how nuclear fission works. (Albeit in a rote manner without context).

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