There’s been a tremendous amount of careful thought put into how the film and television production industry returns to work in this unprecedented time. Across the industry, companies, unions, professional organizations and others have implemented the best safety measures.
Our commitment is to keep the safety of our employees, clients, and everyone on the EUE/Screen Gems lots our No. 1 priority. We’ve revised our operational procedures to follow the most up-to-date coronavirus CDC workplace guidelines, trained employees and made improvements to our physical facilities. You’ll find our employees wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and in every way putting safety first.
We’re committed to helping our clients successfully navigate this new environment.
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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.
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The Atlanta studio completed its expansion project, adding 60,000 square feet of stage space and 30,000 square feet of support space. The studio also hosted Netflix’s “A Man in Full,” “A Family Affair” and “Pain Hustlers.” It was another busy year in Wilmington where the studio was home to “George & Tammy” (Showtime), “Hightown: Season 3” (Starz), “The Summer I Turned Pretty: Season 2” (Amazon Studios), and “The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat” (Searchlight Pictures).
The studios buzz with activity and are filled to capacity. The Wilmington studio hosts “ISS” (LD Entertainment), “Black Phone” (Blumhouse Productions), “Hightown” (Starz), “The Summer I Turned Pretty” (Amazon Studios), “Florida Man” (Netflix), “Echoes” (Netflix), and “Our Kind of People” (Fox). The Atlanta studio hosts “Stranger Things: Season 4” (Netflix), “Raising Dion: Season 2” (Netflix), “Boo” (Netflix), “Uglies” (Netflix), and “Outlaws” (Netflix).
During a difficult year dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the studios revise operational procedures and make improvements to facilities to put safety first. The Wilmington studios host “Hightown” (Starz/Lionsgate) and “Scream” (Spyglass Media Group). The Atlanta studios are home to “Stranger Things: Season 4” (Netflix) and “Raising Dion: Season 2” (Netflix).
“Halloween Kills” (Blumhouse Productions) from the cult-classic “Halloween” series shoots at the Wilmington studios along with “Georgetown Project” (Miramax) and “Swamp Thing” (DC Universe/Warner Bros. Television). “Stranger Things: Season 3” (Netflix), “Raising Dion” (Netflix), “Insatiable: Season 2” (CBS/Netflix), “Christmas on the Square” (Netflix), “Respect” (MGM) and “Hillbilly Elegy” (Netflix) shoot at the Atlanta studios.
Superheroes and creepy creatures arrive at the studios. Atlanta hosts the blockbuster “Black Panther” (Marvel Studios) and the Netflix series “Stranger Things: Season 3,” “The Haunting of Hill House,” and “Insatiable” (CBS/Netflix). “Mr. Mercedes” (Sonar Entertainment), “Reprisal” (A&E/Hulu), “Words on Bathroom Walls” (LD Entertainment), and fan-favorite “Swamp Thing” (DC Universe/Warner Bros. Television) film at the Wilmington studios.
Netflix brings two new series to the Atlanta studios, “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Insatiable” (CBS/Netflix). Wilmington studios is home to “Six” (A&E/History Channel), “Good Behavior” (TNT), and “Mr. Mercedes” (Sonar Entertainment).
The hit series “Stranger Things” (Netflix) films Season 2 in Atlanta, “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.
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. Georgia Studio & Infrastructure Alliance is formed, led by former EUE/Screen Gems Executive Vice President Kris Bagwell, to speak as one voice on legislative and educational issues. At the Atlanta studios. At the Atlanta studios, “Stranger Things” (Netflix), “Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” (Fox), “Satisfaction” (NBC Universal for USA Network), “Barbershop: The Next Cut” (MGM), and “The Founder” (FilmNation Entertainment) shoot on the lot.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC builds Stage 10, the biggest sound stage and special effects water tank east of Los Angeles.
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.
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.
EUE/Screen Gems facilitates the soap opera “The Guiding Light” in New York City. It’s the beginning of a successful 18-year contract.
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.
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.
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.
Directors (and brothers) Mike and Steve Elliot start a commercial production company with William Unger to form the production house, EUE.