The Origins of Paramount

The Virginian
R: Cecil B. DeMille. B: Kirk La Shelle, Owen Wister. K: Alvin Wyckoff. D: Dustin Farnum, Jack W. Johnston, Sydney Deane, William Elmer, Winifred Kingston. P: Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company. USA 1914
Location: Santa Clarita, California, USA

“Paramount Pictures Corporation released their first motion picture, The Lost Paradise (1914), on either 31 August or 1 September 1914. Paramount was originally a distribution company for Bosworth, Incorporated, Famous Players Film Company, Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, Incorporated, Oz Film Manufacturing Company, and Pallas Pictures. Famous Players-Lasky Corporation purchased Paramount circa September-October 1916. In January 1918, Paramount became a distribution brand name for Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. Distribution responsibilities were returned to the Paramount name in the early 1920s. The company became a production company in early 1927 and then, in late 1927 production activities were consolidated under the Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation name.”
Silent Era

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