Blumhouse Productions

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Blumhouse Productions
FormerlyBlum Israel Productions (2000–2002)
TypePrivate
IndustryMotion picture
Founded2000; 23 years ago (2000)
FounderJason Blum
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California 90057, U.S.A.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Jason Blum
  • Couper Samuelson
  • Beatriz Sequeira
  • Ryan Turek
  • Jennifer Scudder Trent
  • Karen Barragan
  • Abhijay Prakash
Services
Revenue$5 Billion
Number of employees
200-300
ParentBlumhouse Holdings, LLC.
Divisions
  • Haunted Movies
  • BH Tilt (with Neon)
  • Blumhouse International
  • BlumHansonAllen Films
  • Blumhouse Television (55%)
  • Blumhouse Books
  • Blumhouse Games
Websiteblumhouse.com
Footnotes / references
[1][2]

Blumhouse Productions (/ˈblʌmhs/;[3] also known as BH Productions or simply BH) is an American film and television production company founded in 2000 by Jason Blum.[4]

Blumhouse is known mainly for producing horror films, such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, The Gallows, Split, Get Out, Happy Death Day, Halloween, Us, The Invisible Man, Freaky, The Black Phone, M3GAN, and Five Nights at Freddy's.[5][6] It has also produced drama films, such as Whiplash and BlacKkKlansman, which both earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Get Out and BlacKkKlansman won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay, respectively.[7][8]

It has worked with directors such as Leigh Whannell, Jordan Peele, Scott Derrickson, Christopher Landon, James Wan, Mike Flanagan, James DeMonaco, Jeff Wadlow, Damien Chazelle, and M. Night Shyamalan.

Most of Blumhouse's theatrically released films since 2014 are owned and distributed by Universal Pictures as part of a 10-year first-look deal.[9]

Overview[edit]

Film[edit]

Blumhouse's company model is to produce films on a small budget, give directors creative freedom, and release films widely through the studio system.[10] Blumhouse was originally known as Blum Israel Productions, with Amy Israel with a first-look deal at Miramax when the company was founded.[11] In 2002, Blum and Israel parted ways, and the company became Blumhouse Productions.[12] In 2015, Crypt TV was created by Jack Davis and Eli Roth which is backed by Blum and the company.[13]

Blumhouse's low-budget model began in 2007 with Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000 and grossed over $193 million worldwide.[14] It produced Insidious, which grossed over $100 million worldwide on a budget of $1.5 million;[15] and Sinister, which grossed over $87 million worldwide from a budget of $3 million.[5]

In 2010, Haunted Movies was formed as a division for Blumhouse which released Insidious, The River, The Bay and The Lords of Salem.

In 2018, Blumhouse announced a partnership with DreamWorks Animation to co-produce Spooky Jack[16][17] but the film was removed from DreamWorks Animation's slate in 2019.[18]

On November 16, 2022, it was announced that James Wan's Atomic Monster was in talks to merge with Blumhouse, with Atomic Monster having a shared first-look deal with Universal. Both companies would continue to operate as separate labels, with each maintaining its own creative autonomy and brand identity.[19][20][21]

Television, video games, books, podcasts, and haunted houses[edit]

In 2012, Blumhouse opened the Blumhouse of Horrors, an interactive haunted house experience in Downtown Los Angeles.[22] It had also collaborated with Halloween Horror Nights to bring mazes, a terror tram, and scare zones from films and properties such as Insidious, The Purge, Happy Death Day, Sinister, Truth or Dare, Unfriended, Us, Freaky, The Black Phone, M3GAN, The Exorcist: Believer, and Crypt TV.

In November 2014, it launched Blumhouse Books, to publish original horror and thriller novels.[23]

In February 2023, it launched Blumhouse Games to produce and publish original horror-themed video games for console, PC and mobile devices as part longer-term effort to branch out into interactive media. The division would join up with independent developers and focus on games with budgets of under $10 million. It would offer financing and help with creative input. The company appointed Zach Wood as President and Don Sechler as CFO of the new venture. No specific projects were discussed at the time of the announcement.[24][25]

BH Tilt[edit]

BH Tilt
TypeSubsidiary
Founded2014; 9 years ago (2014)
Headquarters
ParentBlumhouse Productions (with Neon)

BH Tilt, LLC. was established on September 9, 2014, to produce movies from Blumhouse and other filmmakers for multi-platform release.[26] On September 7, 2017, Blumhouse partnered with distribution company Neon to manage BH Tilt.[27] BH Tilt's releases are The Green Inferno,[28] The Darkness,[29] Incarnate,[30] The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,[31] The Belko Experiment,[32] Sleight,[33] Lowriders,[34] Birth of the Dragon,[35] Upgrade,[36] Unfriended: Dark Web[37] and Don't Let Go.[38]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wyche, Elbert (April 5, 2017). "ITV Studios acquires stake in Blumhouse Television". Screen International. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  2. ^ Blumhouse Games – Blumhouse Launches New Subsidiary to Produce Original Horror Video Games
  3. ^ Blumhouse [@blumhouse] (November 2, 2012). "@blauralum it's BLUM like plum!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Puchko, Kristy (September 11, 2013). "Insidious: Chapter 2 Producer Jason Blum Admits Horror Haters Fuel His Drive". Cinema Blend.
  5. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (March 1, 2013). "'Sinister' Sequel Brewing As Blumhouse Eyes Hat Trick Of Micro-Budget Franchises". Deadline. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  6. ^ Ryan, Chris (November 2, 2016). "Scare Tactics". The Ringer. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  7. ^ Merry, Stephanie (February 18, 2015). "Why 'Whiplash' deserves to win the Best Picture Oscar". Washington Post.
  8. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 23, 2018). "'Get Out' Producer Jason Blum On Horror Pic's Road From Sundance To Oscars & AMPAS Embrace Of Genre". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Cunningham, Todd (July 20, 2014). "Blumhouse Signs 10-Year Production Deal With Universal Pictures". The Wrap. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Garrahan, Matthew (May 31, 2011). "Master of thrills on a shoestring". FT.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  11. ^ Lyones, Charles; Bing, Jonathan (June 20, 2000). "Ex-Miramax exex to bow pic shingle". Variety. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  12. ^ Dunkley, Cathy (August 29, 2002). "Sands, Towne roll 'Six' in Vegas for Iovenko". Variety. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  13. ^ Faughnder, Ryan (August 18, 2017). "Horror video start-up Crypt TV is building a scary universe for the smallest screens". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  14. ^ "Paranormal Activity (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  15. ^ "Insidious (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  16. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (August 1, 2017). "DreamWorks Animation, Blumhouse Team For Animated Pic 'Spooky Jack'". Deadline. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  17. ^ Squires, John (September 19, 2017). "Blumhouse Animated Film 'Spooky Jack' Gets Distant Release Date". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  18. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 7, 2019). "DreamWorks Animation & Universal To Release 'Spirit Riding Free' & 'The Bad Guys' In 2021". Deadline. Retrieved April 27, 2022.
  19. ^ Grobar, Matt (November 16, 2022). "Jason Blum's Blumhouse & James Wan's Atomic Monster In Advanced Talks To Merge". Deadline. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  20. ^ Kit, Borys (November 16, 2022). "Horror Show: James Wan's Atomic Monster and Jason Blum's Blumhouse in Talks to Merge". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  21. ^ Welk, Brian (November 16, 2022). "Jason Blum's Blumhouse and James Wan's Atomic Monster in Advanced Talks to Merge". IndieWire. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  22. ^ Fritz, Ben (September 6, 2012). "'Paranormal Activity' producer branches out into haunted houses". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  23. ^ Wolfe, Clarke (November 2, 2014). "Blumhouse Productions Announces Blumhouse Books!". The Nerdist. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  24. ^ Shaw, Lucas (February 21, 2023). "Producer Behind M3GAN and The Purge Is Entering the Video Game Business". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  25. ^ Whitten, Sarah (February 21, 2023). "Horror juggernaut Blumhouse to launch video game division". CNBC. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  26. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 4, 2014). "Blumhouse Launches Multi-Platform Arm BH-Tilt". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  27. ^ McNary, Dave (September 7, 2017). "Blumhouse Partners With Neon to Manage BH Tilt Label".
  28. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 1, 2015). "Eli Roth's 'Green Inferno' To Finally Bow Sept. 25 Via Blumhouse BH Tilt, Uni & High Top". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  29. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 18, 2016). "'The Darkness' Trailer: Young Michael Has Been Acting Strange Lately". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  30. ^ Gillman, Greg (November 25, 2013). "WWE Partners With Blumhouse for Aaron Eckhart Exorcism Thriller 'Incarnate'". The Wrap. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  31. ^ "Check out the trailer for the inspirational comedy, 'The Resurrection of Gavin Stone'". The Abstract. September 15, 2016. Archived from the original on December 21, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  32. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 11, 2016). "Finally! A Toronto Deal! BH Tilt Lands Orion's 'The Belko Experiment'". Deadline. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  33. ^ Lang, Brent (January 28, 2016). "Sundance: Blumhouse, WWE Studios Buy Magician Thriller 'Sleight'". Variety. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  34. ^ Kit, Borys (January 7, 2015). "Relative Unknown Nabs Lead in Universal's Lowrider Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  35. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 1, 2017). "Bruce Lee-Wong Jack-man Brawler 'Birth Of The Dragon' To Land At BH Tilt & WWE Studios".
  36. ^ McNary, Dave (January 24, 2018). "Shailene Woodley's 'Adrift' Set for June Release in 'Deadpool 2' Slot". Variety. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  37. ^ Miska, Brad (May 11, 2018). "BH Tilt Sets 'Unfriended: Dark Web' for July Release".
  38. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 10, 2019). "Blumhouse Tilt, Universal OTL & Briarcliff Entertainment Team To Release Supernatural Thriller 'Don't Let Go'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2019.

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