Our studios have a long track record of producing some of the most celebrated shows and movies in the business because we provide an environment for creativity that makes success easier. See this in our history.
The Culver Studios
A Studio is Built
Silent movie pioneer Thomas Ince builds the studio. The Mansion is the first building to go up on the lot.
After Ince’s suspicious death aboard William Randolph Hearst’s yacht, the studio is purchased by Producer/Director
Cecil B. DeMille.
RKO Acquires Studio
RKO acquires the studios and controls it for years bringing stardom to Bette Davis, Robert Mitchum, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Stage hands high in the catwalks have reportedly been confronted by a ghostly figure resembling Thomas Ince.
Citizen Kane & Spellbound
Orson Wells’ Citizen Kane and Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound are filmed on the lot.
Howard Hughes Acquires RKO Pictures
Multi-millionaire tycoon and movie producer Howard Hughes acquires RKO Pictures.
Desilu Productions, co–owned by husband and wife Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, purchases the lot and television emerged as the primary business conducted at the studio.
“There is nothing in that area… except an old abandoned warehouse.”
— POLICE OFFICER
Andy Griffith Show
“If there’s anything that upsets me, it’s having people say I’m sensitive.”
— BARNEY FIFE
Grant Tinker and Gannett buy the lot and complete a $26 million renovation and restore the studio’s original luster and beauty.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
“Six bucks and my right nut says we’re not landing in Chicago.”
— DEL GRIFFITH
“I ain’t gonna kill him. I’m just gonna take a foot off of him. A man can work with one foot.”
— HARRY STAMPER
“You take the blue pill, the story ends… You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland.”
America’s Next Top Model
“If conceited drag queens are ‘in’, she’s got a shot at being America’s Next Top Model.”
— NIGEL BARKER
X-Men First Class
“How would you like a job where you get to keep your clothes on?”