Columbia Pictures

The original CBC Film Sales logo used from 1919 through 1924
The first print logo used by Columbia Pictures, featuring its Columbia personification
The logo that Columbia used starting in 1936 and ending in 1976; this version was used on the Color Rhapsody cartoons.
Screen Gems' logo of the 1960s
Stock certificate in 1965
Columbia Pictures painting on the outer wall of Sony Pictures Studios after the 1993 change.
TriStar Pictures, a sister studio of Columbia Pictures

American film production studio that is a member of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is one of the Big Five studios and a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Sony.

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Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group

Division of Sony Pictures Entertainment to manage its motion picture operations.

It was launched in 1998 by integrating the businesses of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and TriStar Pictures, Inc.

Sony Pictures Studios

American television and film studio complex located in Culver City, California at 10202 West Washington Boulevard and bounded by Culver Boulevard , Washington Boulevard (north), Overland Avenue (west) and Madison Avenue (east).

Motor Gate entrance to Sony Pictures Studios
Photograph of original colonnade of Triangle Film Corporation. c. 1916
Aerial shot of Goldwyn Studios c. 1922
Water tower in the center of the Sony Pictures studio complex

Founded in 1912, the facility is currently owned by Sony Pictures and houses the division's film studios, such as Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Screen Gems, as well as anime licensing company Crunchyroll, LLC since 2022.

Glenn Ford

Canadian-American actor who often portrayed ordinary men in unusual circumstances.

Ford in 1955
Captain Glenn Ford, United States Naval Reserve
Ford at National Film Society convention in 1979
Ford along with Pilar Pellicer in 1968
Ford and Kathryn Hays on their wedding day in 1966
Ford with his third wife Cynthia Hayward in 1977
Ford and Pilar Pellicer in a publicity photo for the film Day of the Evil Gun (1968)

Ford acted in West Coast stage companies and had a role in the short Night in Manhattan (1937) before joining Columbia Pictures in 1939.

Studio system

Method of filmmaking wherein the production and distribution of films is dominated by a small number of large movie studios.

Steven Spielberg (standing) with Chandran Rutnam in Sri Lanka, during the production of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (released 1984)

Two majors—Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures—were similarly organized, though they never owned more than small theater circuits.

Columbia (personification)

Female national personification of the United States.

Personified Columbia in American flag gown and Phrygian cap, which signifies freedom and the pursuit of liberty, from a World War I patriotic poster
Personification of the Americas in Meissen porcelain, c. 1760, from a set of the Four Continents.
Columbia and an early rendition of Uncle Sam in an 1869 Thomas Nast cartoon having Thanksgiving dinner with a diverse group of immigrants
John Gast's 1872 painting, American Progress, depicts Columbia as the Spirit of the Frontier, carrying telegraph lines across the Western frontier to fulfill manifest destiny.
After the United States gained independence from Britain, South Carolina named its new capital city Columbia
Columbia wearing a warship bearing the words "World Power" as her "Easter bonnet" (cover of Puck, April 6, 1901)
U.S. half dollar coin known as Walking Liberty
The logo that Columbia used starting in 1936 and ending in 1976. This version was used on the Color Rhapsody cartoons.
Political cartoon from 1860 depicting Stephen A. Douglas receiving a spanking from Columbia as Uncle Sam looks on approvingly
A defiant Columbia in an 1871 Thomas Nast cartoon shown protecting a defenseless Chinese man from an angry Irish lynch mob that has just burned down an orphanage
Columbia in an 1865 Thomas Nast cartoon asking the government to allow black soldiers to vote
Carte de visite (c. 1866) featuring a woman dressed as Columbia and a man dressed as a Revolutionary War general
Columbia (representing the American people) reaches out to oppressed Cuba with blindfolded Uncle Sam in background (Judge, February 6, 1897; cartoon by Grant E. Hamilton)
Columbia from a Columbia Records phonograph cylinder package
Columbia at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Lady Columbia recognized World War I Doughboy soldier as having suffered injury due to his willingness to serve humanity
Columbia Calls – Enlist Now for U.S. Army, World War I recruitment poster by Vincent Aderente
Columbia depicted in an American Committee for Relief in the Near East poster

However, Columbia's most prominent display today is being part of the logo of the Hollywood film studio Columbia Pictures.

Poverty Row

Slang term used to refer to Hollywood films produced from the 1920s to the 1950s by small B movie studios.

The Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood Hills, often regarded as the symbol of the American film industry

CBC Productions, founded by Harry Cohn, was considered a Poverty Row studio from 1919 until its reorganization in 1924 as Columbia Pictures.


Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo, Japan.

A Sony TR-730 transistor radio made in Japan, circa 1960
Sony Store in Nagoya, Japan
A rare Japanese market Betamax TV/VCR combo, the Model SL-MV1
First Sony Walkman TPS-L2 from 1979 (Expo in Sony Building at Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo)
Front side of a Sony 200GB Blu-ray disc
Sony at Westfield Riccarton shopping centre in Christchurch, New Zealand
The logo of Bravia television. Its backronym is "Best Resolution Audio Visual Integrated Architecture".
Notebook Sony Vaio. Sony has axed its loss-making PC business in 2014.
Xperia, the product device name for a range of smartphones from Sony.
Sony Interactive Entertainment headquarters in San Mateo, California
The PlayStation 2 is the best-selling video game console of all time
Sony Pictures Plaza, next to the main studio lot of Sony Pictures in Culver City, California
The main entrance to the Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City
Sony Music Entertainment headquarters in New York City, United States
Headquarters of Sony Financial Group in Tokyo, Japan

Ohga went on to purchase CBS Records in 1988 and Columbia Pictures in 1989, greatly expanding Sony's media presence.

Frank Capra

Italian-born American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s.

Capra, c. 1930s
Walter Brennan, Gary Cooper, Irving Bacon, Barbara Stanwyck, and James Gleason in Meet John Doe
Capra editing film as a Major during World War II
Capra receiving the Distinguished Service Medal from General George C. Marshall, 1945
Capra (right) c. undefined 1970s–1980s

Capra returned to Harry Cohn's studio, now named Columbia Pictures, which was then producing short films and two-reel comedies for "fillers" to play between main features.

Walt Disney Animation Studios

American animation studio that creates animated features and short films for The Walt Disney Company.

The building on Kingswell Avenue in Los Feliz which was home to the studio from 1923 to 1926
Walt Disney introduces each of the Seven Dwarfs in a scene from the original 1937 Snow White theatrical trailer.
The original Animation Building at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, the headquarters of the animation department from 1940 to 1985.
Roy E. Disney (Chairman, 1985–2003), nephew of Walt Disney, was a key figure in restructuring the animation department following the reorganization of the Disney company in 1984.
1400 Flower Street in Glendale, California, one of several buildings used by Walt Disney Feature Animation between 1985 and 1995.
1400 Air Way, another Glendale building used by Walt Disney Feature Animation between 1985 and 1995.
622/610 Circle 7 Drive (the Hart-Dannon Building), another Glendale building used by Walt Disney Feature Animation during the early 1990s.
Walt Disney Feature Animation logo, used from 1997 to 2007.
John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, 2006–2018, left) and Edwin Catmull (President, 2006–2018, right) came to Disney following its acquisition of Pixar and dedicated themselves to revitalizing Walt Disney Animation Studios after the studio's unsuccessful early 2000s period.
The south side of the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, as seen from the public park that separates it from the Ventura Freeway.

In 1929, disputes over finances between Disney and Powers led to Disney's studio, reincorporated on December 16, 1929, as Walt Disney Productions, signing a new distribution contract with Columbia Pictures.

Harry Cohn

Harry Cohn, circa 1938
At the White House, Front row, left to right: Barney Balaban, Paramount; Harry Cohn, Columbia Pictures; Nicholas M. Schenck, Lowe's; Will H. Hays, and Leo Spitz, RKO. artists; Sidney Kent, 20th Century Fox; N.J. Blumberg, Universal; and Albert Warner, Warner Bros. in 1938

Harry Cohn (July 23, 1891 – February 27, 1958) was a co-founder, president, and production director of Columbia Pictures Corporation.