Adolph Zukor

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Adolph Zukor (January 7, 1873 – June 10, 1976) was an Austro-Hungarian-born American film producer best known as founder of Paramount Pictures.wikipedia
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Ricse

Zukor was born to a Jewish family in Ricse, Hungary, which was then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The founder of Paramount Pictures, Adolph Zukor, was born in Ricse in 1873 before emigrating to the United States in 1889.

New City, New York

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In 1918, he moved to New City, Rockland County, New York, where he purchased 300 acres of land from Lawrence Abraham, heir to the A&S Department Stores.
In 1918, Paramount Pictures founder Adolf Zukor moved to New City where he bought 300 acres of land from Lawrence Abraham which already had a large house, a swimming pool, and a 9-hole golf course on the property.

Famous Players Film Company

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In 1912, Adolph Zukor established Famous Players Film Company—advertising "Famous Players in Famous Plays"—as the American distribution company for the French film production Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth starring Sarah Bernhardt.
The Famous Players Film Company or Celebrated Players was a film company founded in 1912 by Adolph Zukor in partnership with the Frohman brothers, the powerful New York City theatre impresarios.

Mitchel H. Mark

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These theaters were started by Mitchell Mark in Buffalo, New York and hosted Edisonia Hall.
Among their partners were Adolph Zukor (co-founder with Jesse Lasky of Paramount Pictures) and Marcus Loew (founder of Loew's Theatres).

Marcus Loew

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They soon opened branches in Boston, Philadelphia, and Newark, with funding by Marcus Loew.
Shortly after, in partnership with Adolph Zukor and others, Loew acquired a nickelodeon and over time he turned Loew's Theatres into a leading chain of vaudeville and movie theaters in the United States.

Paramount Country Club

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Today, Zukor's estate is the private Paramount Country Club.
Paramount Country Club (founded 1948) is a private country club located in New City, NY, on the site of Mountain View Farm, the former home of Paramount Pictures founder Adolf Zukor.

Famous Players-Lasky

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In 1916, the company merged with Jesse L. Lasky's company to form Famous Players-Lasky.
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation was an American motion picture and distribution company created on July 19, 1916, from the merger of Adolph Zukor's Famous Players Film Company—originally formed by Zukor as Famous Players in Famous Plays—and the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company.

Paramount Pictures

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Adolph Zukor (January 7, 1873 – June 10, 1976) was an Austro-Hungarian-born American film producer best known as founder of Paramount Pictures.
In 1916, film producer Adolph Zukor put 22 actors and actresses under contract and honored each with a star on the logo.

Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth

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In 1912, Adolph Zukor established Famous Players Film Company—advertising "Famous Players in Famous Plays"—as the American distribution company for the French film production Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth starring Sarah Bernhardt.
Its production company, L’Histrionic Film, was forced into liquidation by Pathé Frères during the film's production, but it was completed with funds from Adolph Zukor.

Jesse L. Lasky

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In 1916, the company merged with Jesse L. Lasky's company to form Famous Players-Lasky.
He was a key founder of Paramount Pictures with Adolph Zukor, and father of screenwriter Jesse L. Lasky, Jr.

Frohman brothers

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The following year he obtained the financial backing of the Frohman brothers, the powerful New York City theatre impresarios.
Daniel Frohman led the brothers business interests into a 1912 partnership with filmmaker Adolph Zukor named the Famous Players Film Company.

Chelsea Studios

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He purchased an armory on 26th Street in Manhattan and converted it into Chelsea Studios, a movie studio that is still used today.
Adolph Zukor turned it into a studio for the Famous Players Film Company.

A. W. Tillinghast

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Two years later, Zukor bought an additional 500 acres, built a night house, guest house, movie theater, locker room, greenhouses, garages, staff quarters and hired golf architect A.W. Tillinghast to build an 18-hole championship golf course.
Another notable Tillinghast golf course was created specifically for Paramount Pictures founder Adolf Zukor in 1920, now known as Paramount Country Club, in Rockland County, New York.

CBS

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He became an early investor in radio, taking a 50% interest in the new Columbia Broadcasting System in 1928, but selling it within a few years.
In the fall of 1928, he entered into talks with Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures, who planned to move into radio in response to RCA's forays into motion pictures with the advent of talkies.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1913 film)

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Their primary goal was to bring noted stage actors to the screen and Zukor went on to produce The Prisoner of Zenda (1913).
In 1913, Adolph Zukor lured Hackett from the stage to star in a role which Hackett had played in the theater numerous times.

Block booking

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With so many important players, Zukor also pioneered "Block Booking" for Paramount Pictures, which meant that an exhibitor who wanted a particular star's films had to buy a year's worth of other Paramount productions.
Paramount Pictures, under Adolph Zukor's leadership, was largely responsible for introducing the practice of block booking to Hollywood:

Sarah Bernhardt

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In 1912, Adolph Zukor established Famous Players Film Company—advertising "Famous Players in Famous Plays"—as the American distribution company for the French film production Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth starring Sarah Bernhardt.
Fortunately for Bernhardt, she was able to pay off her debt with the money she received from the American producer Adolph Zukor for a film version of the play.

Lewis J. Selznick

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In 1917, Zukor acquired 50% of Lewis J. Selznick's Select Pictures which led to Selznick's publicity to wane however, Selznick later bought out Zukor.
Selznick's business practices such as special preview functions, putting his name up in lights, signing stars for big salaries, upset others in the industry and Adolph Zukor purportedly offered him a salary of $5,000 a week for life to go to China and stay there.

William Henry Irwin

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Will Irwin, The House That Shadows Built (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1928)
During and after the war Irwin wrote 17 more books, including a biography of Herbert Hoover; a history of Paramount Pictures and its founder, Adolph Zukor, The House That Shadows Built (1928); and his autobiography, The Making of a Reporter (1942).

Ashkenazi Jews

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Zukor was born to a Jewish family in Ricse, Hungary, which was then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Zukor was born to a Jewish family in Ricse, Hungary, which was then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Austria-Hungary

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Zukor was born to a Jewish family in Ricse, Hungary, which was then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Upholstery

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After having landed in New York City, he started working in an upholstery shop.

World's Columbian Exposition

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He was young and adventuresome, and the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago drew him to the Midwest.

Chicago

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He was young and adventuresome, and the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago drew him to the Midwest.