American film and television company
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., (also known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, commonly shortened to MGM), is an American media company specializing in film and television production and distribution. Founded on April 17, 1924, and based in Beverly Hills, California, it is owned by the Amazon MGM Studios subsidiary of Amazon.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryMotion pictures
PredecessorMCA Inc. Edit this on Wikidata
FoundedApril 17, 1924
HeadquartersBeverly Hills, California, US
Key people
Harry E. Sloan (Chairman and CEO)
ProductsMotion pictures
Television programs
Number of employees
1,440 (as of 2004) [1]
ParentLoews Corporation (1924–1959)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (1959–1980)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Film Co. (1980–1981)
MGM/UA Entertainment Co. (1981–1986)
Turner Broadcasting System (1986)
MGM/UA Communications Co. (1986–1990)
MGM-Pathé Communications Co. (1990–1992)
Crédit Lyonnais (1992–1997)
Tracinda Corporation (1997–2005)
MGM Holdings, Inc. (2005–2023)
Amazon MGM Studios (2023–present)
SubsidiariesSkymark Entertainment

Early history

The original MGM lion logo referred to as "A Goldwyn Picture".

The company is named after three companies which were combined in 1924 to start the MGM movie company. They were Metro Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Productions, and Louis B. Mayer Productions.

From the 1920s through World War II, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest movie studio in Hollywood. They made more money than any other studio. At its busiest, MGM made about one movie a week and also made many short movies and cartoons. By the mid-1930s MGM had 4,000 employees.[1] It had 23 Sound stages on their 117-acre lot. In 1939 MGM's assets were worth $144 million USD. In the 1940s the studio had problems. Movie theatre attendance was declining and television was starting to draw people away from the movies. In 1948, the Supreme Court decision United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc. put an end to movie studios owning their own theatres. Lowes continued to be the parent company of MGM. But in 1954 Lowes Theatres was formed to control most of the movie theatres. In the late 1960s and 1970s, MGM sold off most of their back lot. They sold MGM's British studios and MGM Records.[1]

MGM/UA Entertainment


In 1981 MGM's major stockholder, Kirk Kerkorian bought United Artists. In 1983 MGM and United Artists merged as MGM/UA Entertainment.[1] On August 7, 1985, Turner Broadcasting System announced that they would buy MGM/UA. Turner saw the value of acquiring pre-May 1986 MGM's film library for his superstation WTBS. Under the terms of the deal, Turner would immediately sell MGM's United Artists back to Kerkorian. As a result of the MGM split from Turner, both MGM and UA became merely brands of MGM/UA Communications Co. in late 1986.

MGM/UA Communications


In late 1986 after Turner Broadcasting System split into two companies; Turner Broadcasting System and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Turner continued to release the pre-May 1986 MGM film and television library on video known as Turner Home Entertainment. Turner sold the MGM lot for $190 million to Lorimar-Telepictures.[2]

MGM-Pathé Communications


In 1990, Giancarlo Parretti, the owner of The Cannon Group, bought MGM/UA for $1.2 billion.[3] He then merged Cannon with MGM and named it MGM-Pathé Communications. In 1991 there were a number of lawsuits and he defaulted to Crédit Lyonnais, his financial backer. Parretti also faced securities fraud charges in the United States and Europe.[4] The company name was changed back to Metro-Goldwin-Mayer Inc. US bankruptcy laws forced Crédit Lyonnais to sell MGM. It was acquired again by Kerkorian for $1.3 billion.[1]

Notable movies


The Wizard of Oz is one of the most famous movies made by MGM. It was made in 1939. The star of the movie was Judy Garland. MGM has also made other famous movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, the James Bond movies and the Rocky movies.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Anthony Slide, The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry (Oxford; New York: Routledge, 2013), pp. 125–126
  2. Fabrikant, Geraldine (1986-06-07). "Turner To Sell Mgm Assets". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  3. Stevenson, Richard W. (March 8, 1990). "Pathe in $1.2 Billion Deal to Buy MGM/UA". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  4. Bates, James (1992-12-21). "SEC Steps Up Investigation of MGM Deal : Entertainment: Information is sought on temporary financing used by Giancarlo Parretti in his purchase of the studio". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 November 2014.

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