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Gracie Films
Gracie Films
is a California-based film and television production company, created by James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
in 1986. The company has produced many award-winning films and television series, including Big, Broadcast News, Jerry Maguire, and most notably The Simpsons. The company is primarily associated with film studio and distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment, but it still has an office at the 20th Century Fox lot as The Simpsons
The Simpsons
is still produced there.


1 History 2 Location 3 Logo 4 Television
shows 5 Films 6 Miscellaneous Productions 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
created the production company with the help of 20th Century Fox in 1986, which was named after the comedian Gracie Allen. The company was established to "provide real writers with a vehicle to get their movies made". Through the company, Brooks gave The Simpsons free rein when it came to writing the series, as he firmly believed they were the most important part of the process.[2] Indie, Inc described it as " James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
and Polly Platt's production company, Gracie Films, which had a relationship with Columbia."[3] Simpsons Confidential said that "It's important to note that in the legal battles over The Simpsons, it was Fox that was being sued, not Gracie Films".[4] Beyond Monopoly also said that "FOX and Gracie Films
Gracie Films
(co-producers of the series The Simpsons) have paid to every phase of the show's international distribution".[5] Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish? explained: "In Italy, in particular, Gracie Films
Gracie Films
has worked in collaboration with Mediaset
(the local distributor of The Simpsons) to find voices for dubbing that would match those of the original American actors as closely as possible."[6] Location[edit] The company's production office is located in the Sidney Poitier Building on the Sony Pictures Studios
Sony Pictures Studios
lot in Culver City, California. Logo[edit] The Gracie Films
Gracie Films
animation depicts whispering and even noisy movie patrons in a theater being shushed by a woman so the company's name accompanied by music and a blue background can be seen and heard. Some special versions of the company's animation were made to fit episodes of shows like The Simpsons, for example playing the jingle in a minor key with a pipe organ, and replacing the shush with a scream in the Treehouse of Horror
Treehouse of Horror
anthology specials. Often, dialogue from that episode can be heard during the animation, sometimes in response to the shushing. Television

Title Creator(s) Years active Co-Produced by

The Tracey Ullman Show James L. Brooks, Jerry Belson, Ken Estin, Heide Perlman 1987–1990 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

The Simpsons Matt Groening 1989–present 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
Television, The Curiosity Company (Season 28–present)

Sibs Heide Perlman 1991–1992 Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures

Phenom Sam Simon, Dick Blasucci, Marc Flanagan 1993–1994 Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Television, ELP Communications

The Critic Al Jean, Mike Reiss 1994–1995 Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Television, Film

What About Joan? Ed. Weinberger 2001–2002 Columbia TriStar Television


Title Director Released Distributor Co-produced by Note

Broadcast News James L. Brooks December 16, 1987 20th Century Fox

Big Penny Marshall June 3, 1988

Say Anything... Cameron Crowe April 14, 1989

The War of the Roses Danny DeVito December 8, 1989 Jersey Films Regency International Pictures (Uncredited)

I'll Do Anything James L. Brooks February 4, 1994 Columbia Pictures

Bottle Rocket Wes Anderson February 21, 1996 Indian Paintbrush Boyle-Taylor Productions

Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe December 16, 1996 TriStar Pictures Vinyl Films

As Good as It Gets James L. Brooks December 25, 1997

Riding in Cars with Boys Penny Marshall October 19, 2001 Columbia Pictures

Spanglish James L. Brooks December 17, 2004

The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Movie David Silverman July 27, 2007 20th Century Fox Rough Draft Feature Animation Film
Roman AKOM 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
Animation Animated film based on the hit TV show

How Do You Know James L. Brooks December 17, 2010 Columbia Pictures

The Edge of Seventeen Kelly Fremon Craig November 18, 2016 STX Entertainment Huayi Brothers
Huayi Brothers
Pictures Tang Media Productions

Icebox[7] Daniel Sawka TBD Sony Pictures

Based on the 2016 short of the same name

Miscellaneous Productions[edit]

Title Released Distributor Co-produced by Note

The Simpsons: Hit & Run September 16, 2003 20th Century Fox Vivendi Universal Games
Vivendi Universal Games
and Radical Entertainment Video game

The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Game October 30, 2007 20th Century Fox Electronic Arts Video game

Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" July 13, 2012 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
Animation Film
Roman Short film, shown in front of Ice Age: Continental Drift


^ " Richard Sakai / Variety". Variety. Retrieved September 26, 2016.  ^ John Ortved, Simpsons Confidential, p. 30, at Google Books ^ Alisa Perren, Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s, p. 159, at Google Books ^ John Ortved, Simpsons Confidential: The uncensored, totally unauthorised history of the world's greatest TV show by the people that made it, p. 126, at Google Books ^ Michela Ardizzoni, Chiara Ferrari (eds.), Beyond Monopoly: Globalization and Contemporary Italian Media, p. 101, at Google Books ^ Chiara Francesca Ferrari, Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish?: Dubbing Stereotypes in The Nanny, The Simpsons, and The Sopranos, p. 73, at Google Books ^ "James L. Brooks' Gracie Films
Gracie Films
Tapa Daniel Sawka to Writers and Direct New Movie". December 16, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Official website Gracie Films
Gracie Films
on IMDbPro (subscription required)

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Gracie Films

James L. Brooks

TV series

The Tracey Ullman Show
The Tracey Ullman Show
(1987–1990) The Simpsons
The Simpsons
(1989–present) Sibs
(1991–1992) Phenom (1993–1994) The Critic
The Critic
(1994–1995) What About Joan?
What About Joan?


Broadcast News (1987) Big (1988) Say Anything…
Say Anything…
(1989) The War of the Roses (1989) I'll Do Anything
I'll Do Anything
(1994) Jerry Maguire (1996) Bottle Rocket
Bottle Rocket
(1996) As Good as It Gets
As Good as It Gets
(1997) Riding in Cars with Boys
Riding in Cars with Boys
(2001) Spanglish (2004) The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Movie (2007) How Do You Know
How Do You Know
(2010) The Longest Daycare
The Longest Daycare
(2012) The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
Television Sony Pict