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Pathé
Pathé
or Pathé
Pathé
Frères (French pronunciation: ​[pate fʁɛʁ], styled as PATHÉ!) is the name of various French businesses that were founded and originally run by the Pathé
Pathé
Brothers of France starting in 1896. In the early 1900s, Pathé
Pathé
became the world's largest film equipment and production company, as well as a major producer of phonograph records. In 1908, Pathé
Pathé
invented the newsreel that was shown in cinemas prior to a feature film.[2] Today, Pathé
Pathé
is a major film production and distribution company, owning a number of cinema chains through its subsidiary Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé
Pathé
and television networks across Europe. It is the second oldest operating film company in the world, predating Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures, and largest in Europe behind the French Gaumont Film Company
Gaumont Film Company
studio.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Innovations 1.2 Natan to Parretti 1.3 Jérôme Seydoux

2 Sectors

2.1 Cinema[1] 2.2 Television

3 International distribution 4 Films 5 See also 6 References

6.1 Notes 6.2 Bibliography

7 External links

History[edit]

The Pathé
Pathé
Brothers by Adrien Barrère.

The company was founded as Société Pathé
Pathé
Frères ( Pathé
Pathé
Brothers Company) in Paris, France
France
on 28 September 1896, by the four brothers Charles, Émile, Théophile and Jacques Pathé.[3] During the first part of the 20th century, Pathé
Pathé
became the largest film equipment and production company in the world, as well as a major producer of phonograph records.

Headquarters of Associated British- Pathé
Pathé
at 142 Wardour Street in London.

The driving force behind the film operation was Charles Pathé, who had helped open a phonograph shop in 1894 and established a phonograph factory at Chatou
Chatou
on the western outskirts of Paris. As these became successful, he saw the opportunities offered by new means of entertainment and in particular by the fledgling motion picture industry. Having decided to expand the record business to include film equipment, the company expanded dramatically. To finance its growth, the company took the name Compagnie Générale des Établissements Pathé
Pathé
Frères Phonographes & Cinématographes (sometimes abbreviated as "C.G.P.C.") in 1897, and its shares were listed on the Paris
Paris
Stock Exchange.[4] In 1896, Mitchell Mark
Mitchell Mark
of Buffalo, New York, became the first American to import Pathé
Pathé
films to the United States, where they were shown in the Vitascope Theater.[5] In 1907, Pathé
Pathé
acquired the Lumière brothers' patents and then set about to design an improved studio camera and to make their own film stock. Their technologically advanced equipment, new processing facilities built at Vincennes, and aggressive merchandising combined with efficient distribution systems allowed them to capture a huge share of the international market. They first expanded to London
London
in 1902 where they set up production facilities and a chain of movie theatres. By 1909, Pathé
Pathé
had built more than 200 movie theatres in France
France
and Belgium
Belgium
and by the following year they had facilities in Madrid, Moscow, Rome
Rome
and New York City
New York City
plus Australia
Australia
and Japan. Slightly later, they opened a film exchange in Buffalo, New York.[6] Prior to the outbreak of World War I, Pathé
Pathé
dominated Europe's market in motion picture cameras and projectors. It has been estimated[7] that at one time, 60 percent of all films were shot with Pathé equipment. In 1908, Pathé
Pathé
distributed Excursion to the Moon
Excursion to the Moon
by Segundo de Chomón, an imitation of Georges Méliès's A Trip to the Moon. Pathé
Pathé
and Méliès worked together in 1911. Georges Méliès made a film Baron Munchausen's Dream, his first film to be distributed by Pathé. Pathé's relationship with Méliès soured, and in 1913 Méliès went bankrupt, and his last film was never released by Pathé.[8] Innovations[edit] Worldwide, the company emphasised research, investing in such experiments as hand-coloured film and the synchronisation of film and gramophone recordings. In 1908, Pathé
Pathé
invented the newsreel that was shown in theatres prior to the feature film. The news clips featured the Pathé
Pathé
logo of a crowing rooster at the beginning of each reel. In 1912, it introduced 28 mm non-flammable film and equipment under the brand name Pathescope. Pathé News
Pathé News
produced cinema newsreels from 1910, up until the 1970s when production ceased as a result of mass television ownership.[9] In the United States, beginning in 1914, the company's film production studios in Fort Lee and Jersey City, NJ, where their building still stands. The Heights, Jersey City
The Heights, Jersey City
produced the extremely successful serialised episodes called The Perils of Pauline. By 1918 Pathé
Pathé
had grown to the point where it was necessary to separate operations into two distinct divisions. With Emile Pathé as chief executive, Pathé Records
Pathé Records
dealt exclusively with phonographs and recordings while brother Charles managed Pathé-Cinéma which was responsible for film production, distribution, and exhibition. 1922 saw the introduction of the Pathé
Pathé
Baby home film system using a new 9.5 mm film
9.5 mm film
stock which became popular over the next few decades. In 1921, Pathé
Pathé
sold off its United States motion picture production arm, which was renamed " Pathé
Pathé
Exchange" and later merged into RKO Pictures, disappearing as an independent brand in 1931. Pathé
Pathé
sold its British film studios to Eastman Kodak
Eastman Kodak
in 1927 while maintaining the theatre and distribution arm.[10]

Play media

Pathé-Baby 9.5 mm film
9.5 mm film
version of La Cité foudroyée (1924).

Natan to Parretti[edit] Pathé
Pathé
was already in substantial financial trouble when Bernard Natan took control of the company in 1929. Studio founder Charles Pathé
Charles Pathé
had been selling assets for several years to boost investor value and keep the studio's cash flow healthy. The company's founder had even sold Pathé's name and "rooster" trademark to other companies in return for a mere 2 percent of revenues. Natan had the bad luck to take charge of the studio just as the Great Depression
Great Depression
convulsed the French economy.[11][12] Natan attempted to steady Pathé's finances and implement modern film industry practices at the studio. Natan acquired another film studio, Société des Cinéromans, from Arthur Bernède
Arthur Bernède
and Gaston Leroux, which enabled Pathé
Pathé
to expand into projector and electronics manufacturing. He also bought the Fornier chain of motion picture theatres and rapidly expanded the chain's nationwide presence.[11][12][13] The French press, however, attacked Natan mercilessly for his stewardship of Pathé. Many of these attacks were antisemitic.[14] Pathé-Natan did well under Natan's guidance. Between 1930 and 1935, despite the world economic crisis, the company made 100 million francs in profits, and produced and released more than 60 feature films (just as many films as major American studios produced at the time). He resumed production of the newsreel Pathé
Pathé
News, which had not been produced since 1927.[11] Natan also invested heavily into research and development to expand Pathe's film business. In 1929, he pushed Pathé
Pathé
into sound film. In September, the studio produced its first sound feature film, and its first sound newsreel a month later. Natan also launched two new cinema-related magazines, Pathé-Revue and Actualités Féminines, to help market Pathé's films and build consumer demand for cinema. Under Natan, Pathé
Pathé
also funded the research of Henri Chrétien, who developed the anamorphic lens (leading to the creation of CinemaScope and other widescreen film formats common today).[12][13] Natan expanded Pathé's business interests into communications industries other than film. In November 1929, Natan established France's first television company, Télévision-Baird-Natan. A year later, he purchased a radio station in Paris
Paris
and formed a holding company (Radio-Natan-Vitus) to run what would become a burgeoning radio empire.[11][12][13] But in 1935, Pathé
Pathé
went bankrupt. In order to finance the company's continued expansion, Pathé's board of directors (which still included Charles Pathé) voted in 1930 to issue shares worth 105 million francs. But with the depression deepening, only 50 percent of the shares were purchased. One of the investor banks collapsed due to financial difficulties unrelated to Pathé's problems, and Pathé
Pathé
was forced to follow through with the purchase of several movie theatre chains it no longer could afford to buy. Although the company continued to make a profit (as noted above), it lost more money than it could bring in.[12][13] The collapse of Pathé
Pathé
led French authorities to indict Bernard Natan on charges of fraud. Natan was accused of financing the purchase of the company without any collateral, of bilking investors by establishing fictitious shell corporations, and negligent financial mismanagement. Natan was even accused of hiding his Romanian and Jewish heritage by changing his name. Natan was indicted and imprisoned in 1939. A second indictment was brought in 1941, and he was convicted shortly thereafter. He was removed from prison by the French authorities in September 1942, delivered to the Nazis, and deported to Auschwitz where he died in October 1942.[11][12][13] The company was forced to undergo a restructuring in 1943 and was acquired by Adrien Ramauge.[15] Over the years, the business underwent a number of changes including diversification into producing programmes for the burgeoning television industry. During the 1970s, operating theatres overtook film production as Pathé's primary source of revenue. In the late 1980s, Italian financier Giancarlo Parretti tried to make a bid for Pathé, even taking over Cannon and renaming it Pathé Communications in anticipation of owning the storied studio. Parretti's shady past, however, raised enough eyebrows in the French government that the deal fell through. It turned out to be a fortunate decision, as Parretti later took over Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and merged it with his Pathé
Pathé
Communications Group to create MGM-Pathé Communications in 1990, only to lose it in a bankruptcy in late 1991. Jérôme Seydoux[edit] In 1990 Chargeurs, a French conglomerate led by Jérôme Seydoux, took control of the company.[16] As a result of the deregulation of the French telecommunications market, in June 1999, Pathé
Pathé
merged with Vivendi, the exchange ratio for the merger fixed at three Vivendi shares for every two Pathé
Pathé
shares. The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
estimated the value of the deal at US$2.59 billion. Following the completion of the merger, Vivendi
Vivendi
retained Pathé's interests in British Sky Broadcasting and CanalSatellite, a French broadcasting corporation,[17] but then sold all remaining assets to Jérôme Seydoux's family-owned corporation, Fornier SA, which changed its name to Pathé. Sectors[edit]

Pathé
Pathé
multiplex in Dietlikon, Switzerland

The sectors in which Pathé
Pathé
operates today are: Cinema[1][edit]

production ( France
France
and the United Kingdom)

distribution to theatres and homes (France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland) the international management of a catalogue of more than 800 films Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé Pathé
Pathé
Live

The OL Groupe (23.81%)[1][18]

Television[edit] At the beginning of the 2000s, Pathé
Pathé
owned several generalist or thematic French television channels. These channels would eventually be sold to other companies:

Comédie+: In 2003, Pathé
Pathé
bought the entire channel and sold it to the Canal+ Group
Canal+ Group
(via MultiThématiques) at the end of 2004. Cuisine.tv: Pathé
Pathé
created the channel with RF2K in 2001 and sold it in 2011 to the Canal+ Group
Canal+ Group
(via MultiThématiques). Histoire: During the creation of the channel in 1997, Pathé
Pathé
owned 30% of the channel. It sold their stake at the end of 2004 to the TF1 Group. Pathé
Pathé
Sport: In 1998, Pathé
Pathé
bought the AB Sports channel belonging to the AB Groupe
AB Groupe
and renamed it. It was sold in 2002 to Canal+
Canal+
Group to become Sport+. TMC: In 2002, Pathé
Pathé
bought a 80% stake on the Canal+ Group
Canal+ Group
and sold them in 2004 to TF1 Group
TF1 Group
and AB Groupe. Voyage: Pathé
Pathé
bought the channel in May 1997 and sold it in 2004 to Fox International Channels.

International distribution[edit] In its home country France, Pathé
Pathé
self-distributes its films through Pathé
Pathé
Distribution (formerly called AMLF from 1972 to 1998). On home video, their films are distributed by Fox Pathé
Pathé
Europa, a joint venture between 20th Century Fox, Pathé
Pathé
and EuropaCorp. In the UK, Fox distributes Pathé's films on home video, and have done so since the late 1990s. Previously, from 2009 to 2011, Warner Bros. handled theatrical distribution before the rights were transferred to Fox,[19]and before then, had self-distributed via Pathé
Pathé
Distribution similar to France. Films[edit] Films distributed by Pathé
Pathé
include:

127 Hours (UK and France
France
distribution, co-production with Fox Searchlight Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Pictures, Everest Entertainment, Film4 Productions, Darlow Smithson Productions, and Cloud 8 Films) Adulthood (UK distribution only, co-production with the UK Film Council) The Air I Breathe
The Air I Breathe
(UK distribution only, co-production with ThinkFilm) Alexander ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with Constantin Film, Pinewood Studios, Intermedia, France
France
3 Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures) Ask the Dust (UK distribution only, co-production with Paramount Vantage) Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with Canal+
Canal+
and TF1) Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with Canal+
Canal+
and TF1) Asterix at the Olympic Games (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with TF1
TF1
and Canal+) Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (UK distribution only, produced by New Line Cinema) Beauty and the Beast ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with TF1, Canal+, Ciné+
Ciné+
and Studio Babelsberg) Be Kind Rewind
Be Kind Rewind
(UK distribution only, co-production with Focus Features and New Line Cinema) Black Book ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with Clockwork Pictures and Babelsberg Studio) Black Christmas (UK distribution only, co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
and the Weinstein Company) Bride and Prejudice
Bride and Prejudice
(UK distribution only, co-production with Miramax Films) Broken Embraces
Broken Embraces
(UK distribution only, co-production with Sony Pictures Classics and Universal Pictures) Centurion (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with Celador Films) Chicken Run
Chicken Run
(UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation
(US distribution only), and Aardman Animations)       The Cottage (co-production with the UK Film Council) Crash (UK distribution only, co-production with Lionsgate) The Descent
The Descent
(UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with Celador Films) The Descent
The Descent
Part 2 (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with Celador Films) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with France
France
3 Cinema) Eden Lake
Eden Lake
(co-production with The Weinstein Company) Enemy (studio credit only, co-production with Entertainment
Entertainment
One, Corus Entertainment, Telefilm Canada
Telefilm Canada
and Roxbury Pictures) Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
(co-production with Mandalay Pictures
Mandalay Pictures
and Paramount Pictures) Florence Foster Jenkins (UK and French distribution only, co-production) The Fox and the Child
The Fox and the Child
(UK distribution only, produced by Canal+
Canal+
and France
France
3 Cinema) Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (UK distribution only, co-production with New Line Cinema) The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (co-production with Paramount Vantage) Honest (UK distribution only) Hottie and the Nottie
Hottie and the Nottie
(co-production with Summit Entertainment) The Illusionist (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with Canal+, France
France
3 Cinema, Django Films, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics) Jacky in Women's Kingdom
Jacky in Women's Kingdom
(co-production with France
France
2 Cinema, France Télévisions, Canal+, Ciné+
Ciné+
and Orange Studio) Jane Eyre (UK distribution only, co-production with Miramax
Miramax
Films) James and the Giant Peach (UK distribution only, co-production with Allied Filmmakers and Walt Disney Pictures)       Jappeloup (co-production with Canal+, Ciné+, Orange Studio and TF1) Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (UK distribution only, co-production with New Line Cinema) Lost in Translation ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with Focus Features) Love Labour's Lost (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with Miramax, Shepperton Studios
Shepperton Studios
and Intermedia) The Magic Roundabout (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with France
France
3 Cinema, and UK Film Council) Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with The Weinstein Company and Origin Pictures) Marie Antoinette ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with American Zoetrope
American Zoetrope
and Columbia Pictures) Memento (UK distribution only, co-production with Summit Entertainment and Newmarket Films) Mr. Nobody ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with Wild Bunch Productions and Canal+) No One Lives
No One Lives
(co-production with WWE Studios
WWE Studios
and Anchor Bay Films) Oceans ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with Canal+, France
France
2 Cinema, France
France
3 Cinema and Participant Media, US and Canadian distribution is Disneynature) Philomena (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with BBC Films, Canal+, and Ciné+) The Player (UK distribution only, co-production with New Line Cinema) Pride (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with CBS Films, BBC Films, British Film Institute, Canal+
Canal+
and Ciné+) Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn
(UK distribution only, co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) Rush ( France
France
distribution only, produced by Imagine Entertainment, Revolution Media, Working Title Films, StudioCanal, Exclusive Media, Cross Creek Pictures
Cross Creek Pictures
and Universal Pictures) The Scouting Book for Boys (co-production with Film4 Productions
Film4 Productions
and Celador Films) Savages ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with Relativity Media and Universal Pictures) Selma (co-production with Harpo Films, Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
and Celador Films) Silent Hill (UK distribution only, co-production with Davis Films and Konami) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with Celador Films, Film4 Productions, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Pictures and Fox Searchlight Pictures) Son of the Mask
Son of the Mask
( France
France
distribution only, co-production with New Line Cinema) Suffragette (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with Film4 Productions, Canal+
Canal+
and Ciné+) Thunderpants
Thunderpants
(UK distribution only, co-production with CP Medien AG and Mission Pictures) Titeuf ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with MoonScoop Group) Topsy-Turvy
Topsy-Turvy
(UK distribution only, co-production with Thin Man Films) Touching the Void (UK distribution only, co-production with IFC Films, Film4 Productions
Film4 Productions
and the UK Film Council) Trance (International sales only, co-production with Fox Searchlight Pictures, Film4 Productions
Film4 Productions
and Indian Paintbrush) Transamerica (UK distribution only, co-production with IFC Films
IFC Films
and The Weinstein Company) Twixt (co-production with American Zoetrope) Two Brothers (UK and France
France
distribution only, co-production with Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
and France
France
3 Cinema The Virgin Suicides (UK and France
France
distribution only) Viceroy's House (UK and France
France
distribution only) What Just Happened
What Just Happened
(UK distribution only, produced by Magnolia Pictures) Why I Did (Not) Eat My Father
Why I Did (Not) Eat My Father
( France
France
distribution) Youth Without Youth (UK distribution only, co-production with American Zoetrope and Sony Pictures Classics) Zarafa ( France
France
distribution only, co-production with France
France
3 Cinema)

See also[edit]

Category: Pathé
Pathé
films Pathé
Pathé
Records Pathé News
Pathé News
and British Pathé List of film serials by studio lists the Pathé
Pathé
film serials Fumagalli, Pion & C., Italian Pathé
Pathé
importer

References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ a b c d http://www.pathe.com/sites/default/files/PATHE_2016_UK_PLANCHES_OK.pdf ^ "History of British Pathé". www.britishpathe.com. Retrieved 2017-08-29.  ^ "Trade catalogs from Pathé
Pathé
Frères SA". National Museum of American History. Retrieved 2017-08-29.  ^ "Who's Who of Victorian Cinema". www.victorian-cinema.net.  ^ Abel 1999, pp. 23–24. ^ Abel 1999, p. 25. ^ "Film and Electrolux through the ages". Electrolux. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2013.  ^ Abel 1999, p. 26. ^ Researcher's Guide to British Newsreels 1993, p. 80. ^ Abel 1999, pp. 32–35. ^ a b c d e Willems, Gilles "Les origines de Pathé-Natan" In Une Histoire
Histoire
Économique du Cinéma Français (1895–1995), Regards Croisés Franco-Américains, Pierre-Jean Benghozi and Christian Delage, eds. Paris: Harmattan, Collection Champs Visuels, 1997. English translation: "The origins of Pathé-Natan." Archived 9 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine. La Trobe University. Retrieved: 1 January 2017. ^ a b c d e f Abel, Richard. French Cinema: The First Wave 1915–1929 Paperback ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987, ISBN 0-691-00813-2. ^ a b c d e Willems, Gilles. "Les Origines du Groupe Pathé-Natan et le Modele Americain." Vingtième Siècle 46, April–June 1995. ^ Hutchinson, Pamela. "In need of rehabilitation: Bernard Natan, the Holocaust victim who saved France's film industry". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 November 2017.  ^ Gant 1999, p. 370. ^ "Pathé, Gaumont and Seydoux: Pathe." Archived 24 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Ketupa.net. Retrieved: 19 October 2010. ^ Williams, Michael (1999-06-08). " Vivendi
Vivendi
nabs sat stakes for Pathe merger". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-29.  ^ Groupe, Olympique Lyonnais. "Shareholders - Olympique Lyonnais Groupe". investisseur.olympiquelyonnais.com.  ^ London, Tim Adler in (1 February 2011). " Pathé
Pathé
UK Swaps Warner Bros For Fox". 

Bibliography[edit]

Abel, Richard. The Red Rooster Scare: Making Cinema American, 1900–1910. Berkele, California: University of California Press, 1999. ISBN 0-520-21478-1. Gant, Tina. International Directory of Company Histories, Volume 8; Volume 29. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 1999. ISBN 1-5-586-2392-2. Researcher's Guide to British Newsreels. London: British Universities Film & Video Council. 1993. ISBN 0-901299-65-0.

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