|Type||Limited partnership group|
|Successor||Touchwood Pacific Partners|
|Founded||June 19, 1982|
|Founder||Roland W. Betts|
Silver Screen Partners refers to four limited partnerships organized as an alternative funding source for movies. The managing general partner for the partnerships was Silver Screen Management, Inc.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush was a member of Silver Screen Management, Inc.'s board of directors from 1983 to 1993. This became a part of the campaign issue over Hollywood's "pervasiveness of violence", centered around Silver Screen Management Board's approval of the highly violent horror-suspense film The Hitcher, when Bush ran for president in 2000.
The original Silver Screen Partners, L.P. was organized by New York film investment broker Roland W. Betts to fund movies for HBO in 1982. The limited partnerships (13,000) sold through EF Hutton were oversubscribed and raised $83 million. HBO made a 50% guarantee on their investment for exclusive cable rights. Another 40% was guaranteed by Thorn EMI, a British firm, for foreign distribution and foreign TV and videocassette markets. Additional income was lined up for domestic videocassette sales. HBO's film division was just starting out so film output was slow. For the Silver Screen/HBO films, the partnership was active in the process from selecting film pitches and negotiating release dates with the distributor. In 1984, the first HBO/Silver Screen movie, Flashpoint, was released through TriStar Pictures as were all the HBO/Silver Screen films.
Organized in 1985, Silver Screen Partners II, L.P. financed films for The Walt Disney Company with $193 million from 20,000 limited partners. Silver Screen was hands off with Disney given its name and new management team led by Michael Eisner, formerly at Paramount. HBO was expecting that Silver Screen would return to them for its third limited partnership. However, in January 1987, Silver Screen III began financing movies for Disney with $300 million raised, the largest amount raised for a film financing limited partnership by E. F. Hutton.
Silver Screen's fourth limited partnership was also set up to finance Disney's studios. On October 23, 1990, The Walt Disney Company formed Touchwood Pacific Partners which supplanted the Silver Screen Partnership series as their movie studios' primary source of funding.
The partnerships paid for the movie's production costs and shared in the gross dollars in all markets from theater to television. Limited partners received their return before the production company could defray any of their expenses. This is preferred by investors as it guarantees some return if the film fails or has budget overrun and from the producer's overhead. Nor can profits from a single film be used to cover losses on other films, but this makes the partnership somewhat risky.
List of notable Silver Screen Partners films
|Title||Release Date||Co-Production with||Budget||Gross|
|Footloose||February 17, 1984||Paramount Pictures|
|Flashpoint||August 31, 1984||HBO Films|
|Heaven Help Us||February 8, 1985||HBO Films|
|Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend||March 22, 1985||Touchstone Pictures||$14,972,297|
|Return to Oz||June 21, 1985||Walt Disney Pictures||$25,000,000||$11,137,801|
|The Black Cauldron||July 24, 1985||Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Productions||$25 million||$21,288,692|
|My Science Project||August 9, 1985||Touchstone Pictures||$4,122,748|
|Volunteers||August 16, 1985||HBO Films|
|The Journey of Natty Gann||September 27, 1985||Walt Disney Pictures||N/A||$9,708,373|
|Sweet Dreams||October 2, 1985||HBO Films|
|One Magic Christmas||November 22, 1985||Walt Disney Pictures||N/A||$13,677,222|
|Head Office||January 3, 1986||HBO Films|
|Down and Out in Beverly Hills||January 31, 1986||Touchstone Pictures||$14 million||$91,411,255|
|The Hitcher||February 21, 1986||HBO Films|
|Odd Jobs||March, 1986||HBO Films|
|Off Beat||April 11, 1986||Touchstone Pictures||$4,117,061|
|Ruthless People||June 27, 1986||Touchstone Pictures||$71,233,101|
|The Great Mouse Detective||July 2, 1986||Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Feature Animation||$14 million||$38,625,550|
|Tough Guys||October 3, 1986||Touchstone Pictures||$18 million||$21,458,229|
|The Color of Money||October 17, 1986||Touchstone Pictures||$13,800,000||$76,728,982|
|Outrageous Fortune||January 30, 1987||Touchstone Pictures||$25 million||$65,864,741|
|Tin Men||March 6, 1987||Touchstone Pictures||$11,000,000||$25,411,386|
|Ernest Goes to Camp||May 22, 1987||Touchstone Pictures||$3,000,000||$23,509,382|
|Benji the Hunted||June 17, 1987||Walt Disney Pictures and Mulberry Square Productions||$22,257,624|
|Adventures in Babysitting||July 1, 1987||Touchstone Pictures||$7 million||$34,368,475|
|Stakeout||August 5, 1987||Touchstone Pictures||$28,215,000||$65,673,233|
|Can't Buy Me Love||August 14, 1987||Touchstone Pictures and The Mount Company||$31,623,833|
|Hello Again||November 6, 1987||Touchstone Pictures||$20,419,446|
|Three Men and a Baby||November 25, 1987||Touchstone Pictures||$15 million||$167,780,960|
|Good Morning, Vietnam||December 23, 1987||Touchstone Pictures||$13 million||$123,922,370|
|Shoot to Kill||February 12, 1988||Touchstone Pictures||$29,300,090|
|D.O.A.||March 18, 1988||Touchstone Pictures||$29 million||$12,706,478|
|Return to Snowy River||April 15, 1988||Walt Disney Pictures, Burrowes Film Group and Hyots Film Partnership||$13,687,027|
|Big Business||June 10, 1988||Touchstone Pictures||$20 million||$40,150,487|
|Who Framed Roger Rabbit||June 22, 1988||Touchstone Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Walt Disney Feature Animation||$70 million||$329,803,958|
|Cocktail||July 29, 1988||Touchstone Pictures and Interscope Communications||$6,000,000||$171,504,781|
|The Rescue||August 5, 1988||Touchstone Pictures||$5,855,392|
|Heartbreak Hotel||September 30, 1988||Touchstone Pictures||$5,509,417|
|The Good Mother||November 4, 1988||Touchstone Pictures||$32 million||$4,764,606|
|Ernest Saves Christmas||November 11, 1988||Touchstone Pictures||$6,000,000 (estimate)||$28,202,109|
|Oliver & Company||November 18, 1988||Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Feature Animation||$74,151,346|
|Beaches||December 21, 1988||Touchstone Pictures and All Girl Productions||$57,041,866|
|Three Fugitives||January 27, 1989||Touchstone Pictures||$15,000,000||$40,586,886|
|Disorganized Crime||April 14, 1989||Touchstone Pictures and Kouf/Bigelow Productions||$20 million||$7,724,000|
|Dead Poets Society||June 9, 1989||Touchstone Pictures||$16.4 million||$235,860,116|
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||June 23, 1989||Walt Disney Pictures||$18 million||$222,724,172|
|Turner & Hooch||July 28, 1989||Touchstone Pictures||$42 million||$71,079,915|
|Cheetah||August 18, 1989||Walt Disney Pictures||$5 million||$8,153,677|
|An Innocent Man||October 6, 1989||Touchstone Pictures and Sandollar Productions||$20,047,604|
|Gross Anatomy||October 20, 1989||Touchstone Pictures||$25 million||$11,604,598|
|The Little Mermaid||November 17, 1989||Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Feature Animation||$40 million||$211,343,479|
|Blaze||December 13, 1989||Touchstone Pictures||$18 million||$19,131,246|
|Where the Heart Is||February 23, 1990||Touchstone Pictures||$22 million||$1,106,475|
|Pretty Woman||March 23, 1990||Touchstone Pictures||$14 million||$463,407,268|
|Ernest Goes to Jail||April 6, 1990||Touchstone Pictures||$25,029,569|
|Spaced Invaders||April 27, 1990||Touchstone Pictures||$5,000,000||$15,369,573|
|Fire Birds||May 25, 1990||Touchstone Pictures||$14,760,451|
|Dick Tracy||June 15, 1990||Touchstone Pictures||$46 million||$162,738,726|
|Betsy's Wedding||June 22, 1990||Touchstone Pictures||$36 million||$19,740,070|
|Taking Care of Business||August 17, 1990||Hollywood Pictures||$14 million||$20,005,435|
|Mr. Destiny||October 12, 1990||Touchstone Pictures||$19 million||$15,379,253|
|The Rescuers Down Under||November 16, 1990||Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Feature Animation||$27,931,461|
|Three Men and a Little Lady||November 21, 1990||Touchstone Pictures||$71,609,321|
|Green Card||December 23, 1990||Touchstone Pictures||$29,888,235|
|White Fang||January 18, 1991||Walt Disney Pictures and Hybrid Productions Inc.||$14 million||$34,793,160|
|Run||February 1, 1991||Hollywood Pictures||$4,409,328|
|Scenes from a Mall||February 22, 1991||Touchstone Pictures||$3 million||$9,563,393|
|The Marrying Man||April 5, 1991||Hollywood Pictures||$26 million||$12,454,768|
|Oscar||April 26, 1991||Touchstone Pictures||$35 million||$23,562,716|
|One Good Cop||May 3, 1991||Hollywood Pictures||$11,276,846|
|Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken||May 24, 1991||Walt Disney Pictures and Pegasus Entertainment||$7,294,835|
|The Rocketeer||June 21, 1991||Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and The Gordon Company||$42,000,000||$62,000,000|
|The Doctor||July 24, 1991||Touchstone Pictures||$24 million||$38,120,905|
|V.I. Warshawski||July 26, 1991||Hollywood Pictures||$24 million||$11,128,309|
|True Identity||August 23, 1991||Touchstone Pictures||$15 million||$4,693,236|
|Deceived||September 27, 1991||Touchstone Pictures||$30 million||$28,738,096|
|Ernest Scared Stupid||October 11, 1991||Touchstone Pictures||$14,143,280|
|Beauty and the Beast||November 22, 1991||Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Feature Animation||$25 million||$418,460,691|
|Blame It on the Bellboy||March 6, 1992||Hollywood Pictures||$3,104,545|
|Newsies||April 10, 1992||Walt Disney Pictures||$15 million||$2,819,485|
|Encino Man||May 22, 1992||Hollywood Pictures||$7 million||$40.7 million|
- SEC Filings for Silver Screen Partners L. P.
- SEC Filings for Silver Screen Partners II L. P.
- SEC Filings for Silver Screen Partners III L. P.
- SEC Filings for Silver Screen Partners IV L. P.
- Silver Screen Partners on IMDb
- Silver Screen Partners II on IMDb
- Silver Screen Partners III on IMDb
- Silver Screen Partners IV on IMDb
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