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Anchor Bay Entertainment
Former type Subsidiary
Industry Home video, television syndication, motion pictures
Fate Folded into Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Successor(s) Anchor Bay Films
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
When it was created 1985; 35 years ago (1985) (as Video Treasures)
1995; 25 years ago (1995) (as Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Defunct 2017; 3 years ago (2017) (Original)
Headquarters Beverly Hills, California
Things made DVD, Blu-ray, Laserdisc, VHS
Owner(s) Lionsgate
Parent Starz
Website http://anchorbayent.com/

Anchor Bay Entertainment was an American home entertainment and production company. It was a subsidiary of Starz Inc.. Anchor Bay Entertainment marketed and sold feature films, series, television specials and short films to consumers worldwide.

In 2004, Anchor Bay agreed to have its movies distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and renewed their deal in 2011. A year after Starz launched a home entertainment division in 2016, they later folded Anchor Bay Entertainment into Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Past names:

  • Video Treasures
  • Starmaker Entertainment
  • MNTEX Entertainment
  • Teal Entertainment
  • Burbank Video
  • Drive Entertainment
  • GTS Records
  • Starz Home Entertainment

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Anchor Bay specialized in the release of horror films, particularly cult films and movies from the 1970s and 1980s, leading the home video market for hard to find and retro horror films. Some of these titles were given numbered limited edition releases which included multiple discs, information booklets, and collectible tin cases. Many of these releases went out of print and became sought-after collectibles.

In addition to feature films, Anchor Bay Entertainment distributed special interest titles, including children's video series, like Bobby's World and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Bobby's World Promotional Poster, Blue
The company distributed children's shows such as Bobby's World

Up until 2008, they distributed Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends videos.

The company also has a top market share for fitness videos such as the Crunch and For Dummies series. The company also distributes Ultimate Fighting Championship events on DVD and Blu-ray.

Anchor Bay Entertainment received a Special Achievement Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in June 200, it was recognized as one of the pioneers in DVD releases and home video entertainment and successful in releasing dramas, comedies, foreign films, children's programming, and most prominently genre films.

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