Legendary Entertainment is an American media company based in Burbank, California. The company was founded by Thomas Tull in 2000 and in 2005 concluded an agreement to co-produce and co-finance films with Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures. Since 2016, Legendary has been a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group. Thomas Tull founded Legendary Entertainment after raising $500 million from private equity firms, it was one of the first companies of its kind to pair major motion picture production with major Wall Street private equity and hedge fund investors, including ABRY Partners, AIG Direct Investments, Bank of America Capital Investors, Columbia Capital, Falcon Investment Advisors, M/C Venture Partners. Legendary Pictures, Inc. was incorporated in California in 2000 and in 2005 it signed an agreement with Warner Bros. to co-produce and co-finance up to 40 films over seven years. In 2010, Fidelity Investments, Fortress Investment Group bought all the shares of the original investors.
The buyout included a $25 million-investment by Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment. Following the transaction, Tull became the largest shareholder, thus enabling him to more direct the company's operations. Golden Harvest sold its stake in the company for $30 million. In 2011, Accel Partners bought $40 million-worth of shares and Accel partner Jim Breyer joined the company's board of directors; that same year the company was reported to have been valued at more than $1 billion. In September 2011, Chief Creative Officer Jon Jashni was appointed to the new position of President. In December 2012, Waddell & Reed bought around 20% of Legendary's shares for $443 million. In July 2013, Legendary reached an agreement with Universal Pictures in which it will market, co-finance, distribute Legendary's films for five years starting in 2014, the year that Legendary's similar agreement with Warner Bros. expires. In October 2014, SoftBank bought a 10 % stake, in Legendary; the transaction increased the company's total value to around $3 billion.
In 2014, Legendary acquired the TV producer Asylum Entertainment, which made ESPN's 30 for 30 and miniseries The Kennedys, for $100 million, but Asylum Entertainment will continue operating as a separate company. On January 11, 2016, Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group announced that it concluded an agreement with shareholders to acquire Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion, making it the largest acquisition of an American media company by a Chinese firm. On January 17, 2017, it was announced that Tull had exited as Legendary Entertainment CEO, he was replaced by the senior vice president of Wanda's cultural industry group, Jack Gao, as interim CEO. On October 17, 2017, it was reported that Gao stepped down from his positions at Legendary Entertainment and Wanda Group; the resignation comes after an announcement by Wanda's chairman Wang Jianlin earlier that year that Wanda would refocus its investments onto the Chinese domestic market in an attempt to "actively respond to the call of the country".
This, in turn, is thought to be a consequence of the Chinese government banning Chinese banks to provide loans to Wanda Group's foreign operations intended to stop the firm's offshore acquisition plans. On December 5, 2017, it was announced that Joshua Grode had been named as Legendary Entertainment CEO. In addition to producing American films, Legendary Entertainment has announced various other business endeavors. In 2009, the company announced the establishment of a digital division, to be headed by Kathy Vrabeck, that would focus on game development, a move which surprised many industry analysts because of the film industry's previous disengagement with the video game industry; the goal of the division was reoriented in 2012 with the acquisition of Nerdist Industries, LLC, a pop culture blog with a eponymous podcast. Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick announced that he and his partner Peter Levin would still have complete editorial autonomy and that they would become the new presidents of the digital division, with Levin heading digital strategy and the digital content.
In 2014, Legendary acquired both Geek & Sundry, Inc. a YouTube channel and production company and the website Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. On June 10, 2016, LDN announced a subscription streaming service, which will include programming from both Nerdist and Geek & Sundry. In 2010, the company announced the launch of a comic book division called Legendary Comics, LLC under the direction of editor-in-chief Bob Schreck; the first graphic novel published by the company was Holy Terror by Frank Miller, released in 2011. In 2011, the company announced the creation of Legendary Television to focus on developing television productions; the division was headed by a co-financing contract with Warner Bros.. Television was signed. However, in 2012, Legendary decided to postpone its expansion into television and put the division on hold while restructuring. In 2013, Legendary purchased film marketing agency Five33 Ltd; the company, which in the past has worked on marketing campaigns for various studios, will now work on marketing Legendary's films.
In 2013, Legendary invested in hiring former head of Warner Bros. Television, Bruce Rosenblum, to head Legendary's television and digital media operations. In December 2013, Legendary acquired television production company Asylum Entertainment, best known for producing sports programming and reality and scripted television series such as Beyond the Glory and The Kennedys. In 2011, the company announced the formation of Legendary East Ltd. a joint venture film production company based in Hong Kong. The purpose of
Brian Timothy Geraghty is an American actor, known for his role in the Academy Award–winning film The Hurt Locker, for his role alongside Denzel Washington in the 2012 film Flight, for his recurring role in the acclaimed HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire. He appeared as a regular on NBC's Chicago P. D. from 2014 to 2016. Geraghty was born in Toms River, New Jersey, is of Irish descent, he graduated from Toms River High School East in 1993 and studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre before beginning his professional career in New York City. Geraghty was featured in a small role in the crime drama The Sopranos. Feature roles soon followed, in such pictures as Jarhead, The Guardian, We Are Marshall, The Hurt Locker, he appeared in the January 6, 2010, episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, "Quickie", as a man intentionally infecting women with HIV. In 2013, he portrayed Agent Knox on the HBO crime drama series Boardwalk Empire. In August 2014, Geraghty was cast as a series regular on the second season of the NBC procedural Chicago P.
D. playing Sean Roman. In his free time, Geraghty enjoys surfing. Brian Geraghty on IMDb
Joseph McGinty Nichol, known professionally as McG, is an American director and former record producer. He began his career in the music industry, producing various albums, he rose to prominence with his first film, Charlie's Angels, which had the highest-grossing opening weekend for a directorial debut at the time. Since he has directed several other films, including Charlie's Angels sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Terminator Salvation, co-created the television series Fastlane and has executive produced numerous television programs, such as The O. C. Chuck, Supernatural. McG owns a production company, Wonderland Sound and Vision, founded in 2001, which has overseen the production of the films and television shows he has worked on since Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Joseph McGinty Nichol was born in Kalamazoo and grew up in Newport Beach, California; as his uncle and grandfather were named Joe, his mother nicknamed him "McG" to avoid confusion. McG attended Corona del Mar High School.
He wanted to become the lead singer of a band he formed with McGrath. However, he persuaded McGrath to take over. Instead he worked behind the scenes as producer and marketer for the band until he was 22, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from UC Irvine. The band had several hit singles as "Sugar Ray", signed with a label, went on tour. McG worked as a still photographer, shooting local musicians; this led him to form a record label known as G Recordings in 1993. In 1995, McG produced Sugar Ray's first album and co-wrote several songs on their second, including their smash hit "Fly." His music career included directing over fifty music videos such as Smash Mouth's'All Star', The Offspring's'Pretty Fly', directing documentaries on Korn and Sugar Ray. In 1997, he was awarded the Billboard's Pop Video of the Year Award for Smash Mouth's'Walking on the Sun' and the Music Video Production Association's Pop Video of the Year Award for Sugar Ray's'Fly.' This landed him in the television commercial business, directing advertisements for Major League Baseball and Coca-Cola.
A notable one was a commercial for Gap, honored at the 1999 London International Film Festival. Impressed with McG's music videos, Drew Barrymore approached him about directing a Charlie's Angels film, he accepted, wanting to take on bigger projects, pitched the movie to the studio executives, who were reluctant but approved the project after much persistence. The film, for which he was paid $350,000, was released in 2000 and went on to gross over $250 million worldwide with mixed critical reception from critics and fans alike. However, he won the Hollywood Breakthrough Award at the 6th Annual Hollywood Film Festival held in 2002. Proving himself to be quite bankable, Sony paid him $2.5 million to helm the military action-drama Dreadnought for Red Wagon Entertainment. He was set to develop a sequel to Charlie's Angels and present his film producing debut with Airshow, the latter of which has yet to be made. In February 2002, Jon Peters and Lorenzo di Bonaventura attached him onto the fifth installment in the Superman film series, in development hell, thus putting his previous projects on hold.
McG and Peters hired J. J. Abrams to pen a new script for the film entitled Superman: Flyby, submitted in July 2002. Bailing out of the project in favor of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle in September 2002, McG was replaced by Brett Ratner. Meanwhile, he developed and co-created a television series with John McNamara called Fastlane, canceled after one season due to the high costs of each episode. Josh Schwartz approached him and his producing partner, Stephanie Savage, about another television series as well, The O. C. which revolved around the lives of several teenagers based in McG's hometown of Newport Beach. McG was set to direct the pilot, but because of scheduling conflicts with Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, he was replaced by Doug Liman; the show ended after four seasons in 2007. The sequel to Charlie's Angels followed in 2003, although not as successful as the first, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle made over $250 million worldwide. Shortly thereafter, Sony extended its first-look production deal with Wonderland Sound and Vision for an additional three years, with Hot Wheels and Radiant on their film slate.
Since none of those films have been developed with the former, supposed to be a directing vehicle for him in 2003, being put into turnaround in 2009. Warner Bros. still satisfied with his bankability, re-hired him to direct Superman: Flyby in April 2003 after Ratner had dropped out due to casting and pre-production difficulties. During his tenure, McG and the producers spent more than $15 million planning storyboards, concept art, locations, as well as having script revisions and the film pre-visualized. However, McG left the project, citing his fear of flying to Sydney; this brought Bryan Singer on board in July 2004, resulting in Superman Returns. McG produced the television series, The Mountain, on the same year getting canceled after one season, his next television work was Supernatural, for which he served as an executive producer until 2013. The show centers on two brothers who hunt down paranormal creatures, continues to be on air today; the following year saw Warner Bros. allowing McG, who "looked to improve as a storyteller and wanted to get more substantial material," to direct We Are Marshall, a sports drama film.
Although the film received mixed critical reception
McDonnell Douglas DC-9
The McDonnell Douglas DC-9 is a twin-engine, single-aisle jet airliner. It first flew and entered airline service in 1965; the DC-9 was designed for short flights. The final DC-9 was delivered in October 1982. DC-9-based airliners including the MD-80, MD-90 and Boeing 717 followed in production. With the final deliveries of the 717 in 2006, production of the DC-9/MD-80/90/717 aircraft family ceased after 41 years and 2441 units built. During the 1950s Douglas Aircraft studied a short- to medium-range airliner to complement their higher capacity, long range DC-8. A medium-range four-engine Model 2067 was studied but it did not receive enough interest from airlines and it was abandoned. In 1960, Douglas signed a two-year contract with Sud Aviation for technical cooperation. Douglas would market and support the Sud Aviation Caravelle and produce a licensed version if airlines ordered large numbers. None were ordered and Douglas returned to its design studies after the cooperation deal expired. In 1962, design studies were underway.
The first version had a gross weight of 69,000 lb. This design was changed into. Douglas gave approval to produce the DC-9 on April 8, 1963. Unlike the competing but larger Boeing 727 trijet, which used as many 707 components as possible, the DC-9 was an all-new design; the DC-9 has two rear-mounted Pratt & Whitney JT8D turbofan engines small, efficient wings, a T-tail. The DC-9's takeoff weight was limited to 80,000 lb for a two-person flight crew by Federal Aviation Agency regulations at the time. DC-9 aircraft have five seats across for economy seating; the airplane seats 80 to 135 passengers depending on seating arrangement. The DC-9 was designed for short to medium routes to smaller airports with shorter runways and less ground infrastructure than the major airports being served by larger designs like the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8. Accessibility and short field characteristics were called for. Turnarounds were simplified by built-in airstairs, including one in the tail, which shortened boarding and deplaning times.
The tail-mounted engine design facilitated a clean wing without engine pods, which had numerous advantages. For example, flaps could be longer, unimpeded by pods on the leading edge and engine blast concerns on the trailing edge; this simplified design improved airflow at low speeds and enabled lower takeoff and approach speeds, thus lowering field length requirements and keeping wing structure light. The second advantage of the tail-mounted engines was the reduction in foreign object damage from ingested debris from runways and aprons. However, with this position, the engines could ingest ice streaming off the wing roots. Third, the absence of engines in underslung pods allowed a reduction in fuselage ground clearance, making the aircraft more accessible to baggage handlers and passengers; the problem of deep stalling, revealed by the loss of the BAC One-Eleven prototype in 1963, was overcome through various changes, including the introduction of vortilons, small surfaces beneath the wing's leading edge used to control airflow and increase low speed lift.
The first DC-9, a production model, flew on February 25, 1965. The second DC-9 flew a few weeks with a test fleet of five aircraft flying by July; this allowed the initial Series 10 to gain airworthiness certification on November 23, 1965, to enter service with Delta Air Lines on December 8. The DC-9 was always intended to be available in multiple versions to suit customer requirements, The first stretched version, the Series 30, with a longer fuselage and extended wing tips, flew on August 1, 1966, entering service with Eastern Air Lines in 1967; the initial Series 10 would be followed by the improved -20, -30, -40 variants. The final DC-9 series was the -50, which first flew in 1974; the DC-9 was a commercial success with 976 built when production ended in 1982. The DC-9 is one of the longest-lasting aircraft in operation, its last successor, the Boeing 717, was produced until 2006. The DC-9 family was produced in 2441 units: 1191 MD-80s, 116 MD-90s and 155 Boeing 717s; this compares to 8,000 Airbus A320s delivered as of February 2018 and 10,000 Boeing 737s completed as of March 2018.
Studies aimed at further improving DC-9 fuel efficiency, by means of retrofitted wingtips of various types, were undertaken by McDonnell Douglas. However, these did not demonstrate significant benefits with existing fleets shrinking; the wing design makes retrofitting difficult. The DC-9 was followed by the introduction of the MD-80 series in 1980; this was called the DC-9-80 series. It was a lengthened DC-9-50 with a higher maximum takeoff weight, a larger wing, new main landing gear, higher fuel capacity; the MD-80 series features a number of variants of the Pratt & Whitney JT8D turbofan engine having higher thrust ratings than those available on the DC-9. The series includes the MD-81, MD-82, MD-83, MD-88, shorter fuselage MD-87; the MD-80 series was further developed into the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 in the early 1990s. It has yet another fuselage stretch, an electronic flight instrument system, new International Aero V2500 high-bypass turbofan engines. In comparison to the successful MD-80 few MD-90s were built.
The final variant was the MD-95, renamed the Boeing 717-200 after McDonnell Douglas's merger with Boeing in 1997 and before aircraft deliveries began. The fuselage length and wing are similar to those of the DC-9-30, but much use was made of lighter, modern materials. Power is supplied by two BMW/Rolls-Royce BR715 high-bypass turbofan en
Matthew Chandler Fox is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Charlie Salinger on Party of Five and Jack Shephard on the supernatural drama series Lost, the latter of which earned him Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Fox has performed in ten feature films, including We Are Marshall, Vantage Point, Alex Cross and Bone Tomahawk. Fox was born in Abington, the son of Loretta B. and Francis G. Fox. One of his paternal great-great-great-grandfathers was Union General George Meade, his father was from a "very blue-blood" Pennsylvania family of English descent, while his mother was of half Italian and half British and Irish ancestry. When Fox was a year old, he moved to Wyoming with Francis, Jr. and Bayard. They settled in Wyoming, on the Wind River Indian Reservation, his mother was a teacher, his father, a consultant for an oil company, raised longhorn cattle and horses, grew barley for Coors beer. Matthew attended Deerfield Academy for one year as a post-graduate and graduated with the class of 1984.
He attended Columbia University, graduating with a B. A. in economics in 1989. At the age of 25, Fox made his debut on an episode of Wings; that same year, he starred on a short-lived dramatic series, Freshman Dorm. Still not a familiar face on the small screen, he continued to be cast in supporting roles, including the role of Charlie in the CBS Schoolbreak Special series, If I Die Before I Wake before he made his big screen debut in My Boyfriend's Back. In 1994, Fox was cast in a starring role as Charlie Salinger, the eldest of five siblings who lose both parents in a car accident on the 1994-2000 teen drama Party of Five, co-starring with Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lacey Chabert. In 1996, People Magazine named Fox one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. After Party of Five was cancelled following its sixth season, Fox starred in another TV series, Haunted, in 2002. From September 2004 until May 2010, Fox played the role of the dedicated yet troubled surgeon, Dr. Jack Shephard, on Lost.
He auditioned for the role of James "Sawyer" Ford. However, co-creator J. J. Abrams thought he would be better for the role of Jack, a role slated to be for the pilot episode only. Fox was nominated for a Golden Globe, won the 2005 Satellite Award, shared the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, for his role in Lost. On December 2, 2006, he hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guests Tenacious D. In 2006, Fox co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in the sports drama, We Are Marshall, he played a bit part in the action film Smokin' Aces and starred in the 2008 thriller, Vantage Point. In May 2008, Fox starred as Racer X in the movie Speed Racer. Fox has stated that he is "done with television" after Lost. In 2011, he starred in the stage play In a Forest and Deep with Olivia Williams in London's West End. Fox co-starred in Alex Cross, as the villain, Michael "The Butcher" Sullivan/"Picasso". Fox developed an muscular physique for the role and shed most of his body fat.
He appeared briefly in the 2013 film World War Z which starred Brad Pitt. He starred in the film Extinction released in July 2015, directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas, in adaptation of the Juan de Dios Garduño's bestseller book Y pese a todo. Fox is a keen photographer. A bonus disc released with The Complete First Series of Lost includes features "The Art of Matthew Fox", showing pictures he took of the cast and crew while on set. On August 28, 2011, Fox was accused of assaulting a female bus driver in Ohio. Prosecutors decided not to charge Fox. In May 2012, the bus driver withdrew a civil suit, after her lawyer withdrew and revealed that she "intentionally failed and refused to provide full and timely cooperation and information." Matthew Fox on IMDb
January Kristen Jones is an American actress and model, best known for portraying the role of Betty Draper in Mad Men, for which she was nominated for two Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She starred most as Melissa Chartres in The Last Man on Earth, she starred in the films American Wedding, We Are Marshall, Seeking Justice and X-Men: First Class. Jones was born in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, she is the daughter of Marvin Jones, a coach, gym teacher, fitness director, wife Karen Cox, who manages a Scheels sporting goods store. She is of Czech, English and German descent, she has two sisters and Jina. Her family moved to Hecla, South Dakota, with a population of just 400 in 1979, when she was one year old, she is named after January Wayne, a character in Jacqueline Susann's potboiler novel turned film, Once Is Not Enough. Jones has had supporting roles in Anger Management, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.
In 2005, she appeared as a U. S. border guard's wife in the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. In We Are Marshall, she played the role of Carol Dawson, wife of American football coach William "Red" Dawson. Jones starred in Good Kill, opposite Ethan Hawke, she played the lead female role in the movie Love's Enduring Promise as a pioneer family's oldest child. Her character falls in love with a mysterious man, she appeared in the AMC original television drama series Mad Men for seven seasons as young suburban housewife and mother Betty Draper Francis. She received two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination for her performances. Jones is known for her role as Cadence Flaherty, the love interest of both Steve Stifler and Paul Finch in the 2003 comedy film American Wedding, the third installment of the American Pie film series, she played a con artist in the Law & Order episode "Quit Claim" who, as a lone surviving suspect connected to a real estate scam involving organized crime, frustrates the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter.
She appeared in The Boat That Rocked, a British film about offshore pirate radio in the 1960s, renamed Pirate Radio for North American release in 2009. Jones was ranked No. 82 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002. She appeared on the cover of "The Hot Issue" of British GQ magazine in May 2009, she appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of American GQ magazine, has been a'topic' in the magazine several times. On November 14, 2009, Jones hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live which featured the musical guest The Black Eyed Peas. In 2011, Jones starred in two thriller films, first in Unknown alongside Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, in Seeking Justice alongside Nicolas Cage and Guy Pearce, she portrayed Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. She appeared in the Fox television comedy series The Last Man on Earth, as main character Melissa Chartres. Jones will join the cast of Netflix's 2019 comedy series, The Politician, playing Dylan McDermott's wife. Jones modeled for Abercrombie Fitch and others, has made numerous'red carpet'-event appearances.
She has been photographed for covers of fashion- and women's-oriented magazines including Marie Claire, Allure and W, along with other publications. Jones began her career in New York at age eighteen after a modeling scout expressed interest while she was in high school. In 2009, Jones joined the marine conservation organization, Oceana, as a celebrity spokesperson, working to save endangered sharks and to inform others about sharks' vital importance in nature, she has gone swimming with sharks, including whale sharks. Jones gave birth to a son in 2011, she advised other moms to do the same. The father of the child has never been revealed. January Jones on IMDb