Westlake Entertainment

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Westlake Entertainment
IndustryEntertainment
HeadquartersChatsworth, California, United States
Area servedWorldwide
ProductsMotion pictures
 
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Westlake Entertainment
IndustryEntertainment
HeadquartersChatsworth, California, United States
Area servedWorldwide
ProductsMotion pictures

Westlake Entertainment Incorporated is a fully integrated, independent entertainment distribution company. Primarily engaged in licensing and distributing feature films and television programs, Westlake specializes in bringing new release content to retail.[1]

Westlake served as a distributor for the following labels: Rigel Entertainment (theatrical features), Lonely Seal Releasing (theatrical features), Red Bull USA (extreme sports), and Cineville Films (theatrical features). Westlake also sold its product to the overseas marketplace through its international arm, Cinema Management Group.

2006[edit]

Video vets Luke Stefanko and Larry Cohen quietly buy Westlake Entertainment with plans to turn the budget supplier of primarily public domain product into a significant supplier of first-run features.

2007[edit]

Released a version of Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein with the DVD mislabeled "ABOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTIEN" many heads rolled and the company now employs a retired English teacher from Kansas City as their proof reader.

Independent film company Cineville and DVD distributor Westlake Entertainment merged into an indie studio called Keystone.

The new studio brought together production and distribution, although both companies continued to function as separate units under the Keystone umbrella.

Cineville founder Carl Colpaert partnered with Lee Caplin and Westlake principals Larry Cohen and Luke Stefanko. Both companies licensed their respective catalogs to the Keystone entity.

Cineville, founded in 1990, had produced more than 40 films; Westlake Entertainment, founded in 1993, had a catalog of more than 500.

October 2007[edit]

Life coach and infomercial guru Tony Robbins made his first major push at retail next year through indie supplier Westlake Entertainment. [2]

2009[edit]

Westlake Entertainment sold its library of films to Osiris Entertainment. [3]

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