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Learn about EUE/Screen Gems. See the Cooney family’s commitment to constant innovation unfold.

In the 1960s, George Cooney brought beloved film directors into a unique partnership for commercial development. In 1996, we bought our Wilmington, NC studios. In 2010, we built the Atlanta complex, the first studio campus to locate in that city. Miami’s studios launched in partnership with Viacom in 2015. In 2016, EUE/Sokolow shines as part of the team bringing “Genius” to NatGeo.

Learn about EUE/Screen Gems’ executive team bios and the talents they bring to clients as you scroll further down the page.

Past, Present and Future

2016

“Six” (A&E/History Channel) and “Good Behavior” (TNT) shoot in Wilmington. The Atlanta Studios form a strategic partnership with MBS Equipment Co. to expand lighting and grip inventory and announce a new 20,000 sq ft, dedicated lighting and grip facility. 

2015

EUE/Screen Gems Studios opens a new Miami studio in partnership with Viacom International Studios. The new complex was built by the Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as a public-private partnership with us. The Georgia Studio Alliance is formed, led by our Kris Bagwell, to speak as one voice on legislative and educational issues. At the Atlanta studios, “Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” (Fox) and “Satisfaction” (NBC Universal for USA Network) and “Barbershop: The Next Cut” (MGM) shoot on the lot. Two large franchise films occupy the lot as well. In Wilmington, fans flock to tours of the “Under The Dome” (CBS) sets, and the show completes Season 3. “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox) shoots Season 2.

2014

Wilmington NC hosts “Under the Dome” (CBS), “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox) and “Secrets and Lies” (ABC), and the Nicholas Sparks film, “The Choice” (Lionsgate). The TBS pilot “Detour” shoots here, also. Our Atlanta studios host the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” (Lionsgate) franchise, “Satisfaction” (NBC Universal for USA Network), and “Red Band Society” (ABC for Fox Network).

2013

Three of the top ten blockbusters of 2013 were shot at the Wilmington studios: “Iron Man 3” (Marvel Studios), “The Conjuring” (New Line Cinema), and “The Millers” (New Line Cinema) “Under the Dome” (CBS) takes top ratings for Season 1 and renews; HBO’s “East Bound and Down” returns to the lot for its final season. TV dominates Atlanta: “Devious Maids” (ABC for Lifetime) shoots their inaugural season at the new Stage 10. The lot hosts “Necessary Roughness” (USA Network) and multiple BET Networks shows.

2012

In Atlanta, the company expands again to meet growing Georgia industry demand and builds Stage 10, a 30,000 sq ft sound stage. BET Networks, USA Network and ABC/Disney locate television shows on the lot. In Wilmington, Marvel Studios shoots “Iron Man 3,” the largest production to ever shoot in North Carolina.

Listen to “Iron Man 3″ Director Shane Black and Charles Newirth talk about shooting in Wilmington.

2011

BET locates corporate scripted offices to our Atlanta complex, and the Cooneys open the 37,500 sq ft STAGE 7/8 in Atlanta. While USA Network series “Necessary Roughness” is on hiatus, “Watch” and “Flight” feature films shoot on Stage 7/8. In Wilmington, “Journey 2: Mysterious Island” shoots at Stage 10 and uses the special effects water tanks. “One Tree Hill” finishes shooting its ninth and final season and says an emotional goodbye.

2010

EUE/Screen Gems renovates the Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta and opens a multi-stage campus. Chris Cooney launches EUE/Sokolow to develop television and cable content. Sam Sokolow leads the new division in Los Angeles that will develop and produce scripted and unscripted original content.

2009

EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC builds Stage 10, the biggest sound stage and special effects water tank east of Los Angeles.

1996 – 2009

Hundreds of television shows and feature films locate and shoot in Wilmington, NC including “Dawson’s Creek,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” and more.

1996

EUE/Screen Gems purchases the former Carolco Studios in Wilmington, NC. Legendary film producer Dino DeLaurentiis built the facility in 1984. The lot is renamed EUE/Screen Gems Studios. Frank Capra, Jr., son of the Oscar-winning director Frank Capra, is installed as President, EUE/Screen Gems in Wilmington, NC.

1988

EUE/Screen Gems facilitates the soap opera “The Guiding Light in New York City.” It’s the beginning of a successful 18-year contract.

1983

George Cooney purchases the assets of EUE/Screen Gems from the Coca-Cola Company (then owners of Columbia Pictures). In their New York studios, EUE/Screen Gems continues to provide production for film, commercial and television companies, producing commercials for McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Nike, Verizon and Proctor and Gamble brands.

1974

EUE/Screen Gems hosts the half-hour soap opera “Edge of Night” in their New York City studios. George Cooney creates the first “satellite” division of EUE/Screen Gems and brings ZIEFF Films into the fold. “King of Madison Avenue” Howard Zieff provides talent as the director for the new group. The satellite structure allows Zieff to freely work both on his Hollywood projects and his legendary TV spots, and the satellite structure becomes an important innovation for the industry.

1970s

EUE/Screen Gems hosts the half-hour soap opera “Edge of Night” in their New York City studios. George Cooney creates the first “satellite” division of EUE/Screen Gems and brings ZIEFF Films into the fold. “King of Madison Avenue” Howard Zieff provides talent as the director for the new group. The satellite structure allows Zieff to freely work both on his Hollywood projects and his legendary TV spots, and the satellite structure becomes an important innovation for the industry.

1960s

Columbia Pictures purchases Elliot Unger Elliot (EUE), a commercial production company widely recognized as one of the country’s most accomplished photography and film entities. When Elliot Unger Elliot (EUE) becomes part of the Columbia family, it’s positioned under the Screen Gems Television umbrella and branded EUE/Screen Gems. The EUE/Screen Gems division consistently experiences growth under the management of longtime Columbia Pictures executive, George Cooney. In 2012, the television series “Mad Men” refers to shooting at EUE/Screen Gems.

1948

Directors (and brothers) Mike and Steve Elliot start a commercial production company with William Unger to form the production house, EUE.

Executive Team Bios