United Artists

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United Artists
United Artists Corporation
United Artists Pictures, Inc.
United Artists Films, Inc.
United Artists Entertainment, LLC
United Artists Productions Finance, LLC.
Type Subsidiary
Industry movie, music
When it was created February 5, 1919
People who started it Mary Pickford
Charlie Chaplin
Douglas Fairbanks
D. W. Griffith
Headquarters Beverly Hills, California, United States
Key people Paula Wagner
Tom Cruise
Things made Motion pictures
Owner(s) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc.
Parent Independent (1919–1967)
Transamerica (1967–1981)
MGM/UA Entertainment Co. (1981–1986)
Independent (1986)
MGM/UA Communications Co. (1986–1990)
MGM-Pathé Communications Co. (1990–1992)
Crédit Lyonnais (1992–1997)
Tracinda Corporation (1997–2005)
MGM Holdings Inc. (since 2005)
Website www.unitedartists.com


United Artists is a Hollywood movie company. The original company was founded in 1919 by a group of actors. They wanted to be in control of their interests rather than depend on commercial studios. In 1967, United Artists was bought by Transamerica Corporation, and in 1981, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists merged to form MGM/UA Entertainment Co.. In 1985, Turner Broadcasting System announced it would buy MGM/UA, and in 1986, MGM split from Turner and renamed to MGM/UA Communications Co.. In 1990, MGM/UA was bought out by Pathé and renamed to MGM-Pathé Communications, and in 1992, MGM-Pathé was bought by Crédit Lyonnais and reverted back to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1997, MGM was sold to Tracinda Corporation, and in 2005, MGM/UA formed the new company MGM Holdings.

The current United Artists formed in November 2006. It was a partnership between producer/actor Tom Cruise and his production partner, Paula Wagner, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. As of 2012, it is a fully owned subsidiary of MGM.