The Ladd Company
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The Ladd Company
The Ladd Company
Film Production
FounderAlan Ladd, Jr., Jay Kanter, and Gareth Wigan

The Ladd Company was an American film production company founded by Alan Ladd, Jr., Jay Kanter, and Gareth Wigan in 1979.

In 1979, the three founders were executives with 20th Century Fox -- Ladd was the president -- when they announced their intention to leave the company when their contracts expired in December 1980 and form a new production company to be financed by Warner Bros. (Ladd had reportedly been quarreling with other Fox senior executives.) Fox subsequently cut their contracts short, ending on October 1, 1979.[1] The day after the contracts expired, the trio placed ads for the newly named "Ladd Company" in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.[2]

Under Warner Bros., The Ladd Company distributed Chariots of Fire, which won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Picture. Among the films it produced were the Space Race epic The Right Stuff, the space western Outland, Ridley Scott's science-fiction film Blade Runner, neo-noir film Body Heat, and the first two Police Academy movies.

Police Academy proved very profitable. But the returns from the company's successes did not outweigh the box-office failures of The Right Stuff, the edited version of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America and the animated Twice Upon a Time (co-produced with Lucasfilm). On April 18, 1984, Alan Ladd, Jr. and Warner Bros. parted ways, even though the former still had three years left on the studio's contract. From that point on, "the Ladd Company [would] become a non-exclusive production organization."[3]

During a brief partnership with Paramount Pictures in the mid-1990s, the company produced the Best Picture Oscar winner Braveheart, and A Very Brady Sequel.

Ladd's later releases are the 2005 Lasse Hallström drama, An Unfinished Life and the 2007 Ben Affleck drama Gone Baby Gone, both distributed by Miramax Films.

List of Ladd Company Films

Film Year Studio Notes
Divine Madness! 1980 Warner Bros.
Outland 1981 Warner Bros.
Body Heat 1981 Warner Bros.
Chariots of Fire 1981 Warner Bros. (Domestic) / 20th Century Fox (International) Domestic distribution in association with Warner Bros. only
Looker 1981 Warner Bros.
Blade Runner 1982 Warner Bros. Was released in three different versions, in 1982, 1992, and 2007
co-production with Jerry Perenchio, Sir Run Run Shaw, and Bud Yorkin
Night Shift 1982 Warner Bros.
Love Child 1982 Warner Bros.
Five Days One Summer 1982 Warner Bros.
Lovesick 1983 Warner Bros.
Twice Upon a Time 1983 Warner Bros.
The Right Stuff 1983 Warner Bros. Limited release in October 1983, wide release in 1984; Unexpected box office failure, considered one of the causes of the company's demise at Warner Bros.[]
Star 80 1983 Warner Bros.
Mike's Murder 1984 Warner Bros.
Police Academy 1984 Warner Bros.
Purple Hearts 1984 Warner Bros.
Once Upon a Time in America 1984 Warner Bros.
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 1985 Warner Bros. First Ladd Company film not to have the company's logo screen at the beginning of the film, has caption that reads "The Ladd Company Presents" at the beginning of the opening credits instead.
Doin' Time 1985 Warner Bros. Final Ladd Company picture released by Warner Bros.
Braveheart 1995 Paramount Pictures (Domestic) / 20th Century Fox (International) co-production with Icon Productions
The Phantom 1996 Paramount Pictures co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures
A Very Brady Sequel 1996 Paramount Pictures
An Unfinished Life 2005 Miramax Films co-production with Revolution Studios
Gone Baby Gone 2007 Miramax Films


  1. ^ Thomas, Bob. "Studio 'revolution' treat for gossips". Edmonton Journal (August 18, 1979).
  2. ^ Schreger, Charles. "New Film Company Born of Frustration". Sarasota Herald-Tribune (October 19, 1979)
  3. ^ Associated Press. "Ladd, Warner Bros. dissolve agreement". St. Joseph News-Press (April 20, 1984).

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