Touchstone Pictures

American film production company

Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate movie labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. Its releases typically feature more mature themes than those that gets released under the Walt Disney Pictures banner. Touchstone Pictures is merely a brand and does not exist as a separate company: the two actual companies behind it are Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group and Walt Disney Pictures (formerly "Walt Disney Pictures and Television").

Touchstone Pictures Corporation
FormerlyTouchstone Films, Inc. (1984–1986)
IndustryFilm industry
Predecessor20th Century Studios
FoundedFebruary 15, 1984; 39 years ago (1984-02-15)
FounderRon W. Miller
DefunctDecember 20, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-12-20)
FateInactive, later folded into Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures
Successor20th Century Studios
Headquarters500 South Buena Vista Street, ,
Key people
Ron W. Miller
OwnerWalt Disney Studios
Parent20th Century Studios
DivisionsU.S.A. Studios (1984-1995)
Touchstone Home Entertainment (1986-2017)
Touchstone Television (1985-2007)



Walt Disney Productions' The Black Hole (1979) was the first Disney movie to get a PG rating. Over the next few years, Disney made more PG rated movies, like the 1981 movie Condorman, 1982's Tron and 1983's Never Cry Wolf and Trenchcoat.

First releaseEdit

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Disney in 1984, Ron W. Miller released Touchstone's first movie, Splash. Splash showed star Daryl Hannah in a short nude scene included brief nudity on the part of star Daryl Hannah and some bad words were used which made the movie get a PG-rating. Another Disney film label was started in 1990, Hollywood Pictures, with the showing of the movie Arachnophobia.

Later releasesEdit

Many movies from the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group were shown under the names of the different parts of the Walt Disney Pictures group Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures names before finally settling for one. Examples include; Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Santa Clause, Remember the Titans, Sweet Home Alabama, Bringing Down the House, National Treasure, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Touchstone TelevisionEdit

The studio's former television division, Touchstone Television Productions, LLC (formerly known as Touchstone Pictures and Television and later Touchstone Television), is known for producing the series The Golden Girls, Blossom, Boy Meets World, My Wife and Kids, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, and Scrubs. The latter four series are now produced by successor company ABC Studios.

List of Touchstone Pictures featuresEdit