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Beacon Pictures
FoundedJanuary 1, 1990; 34 years ago (1990-01-01)
FounderArmyan Bernstein[1]
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California,
United States
Key people
Armyan Bernstein
ProductsMotion pictures
Television series

Beacon Pictures (aka Beacon Communications, LLC[2]) is an American film and television production and international sales company founded in 1990 by Armyan Bernstein,[3] who is also its chairman.[4] The company produces motion pictures for studios such as Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment. In 1996, it struck a first look deal with Universal.[5]

Beacon was acquired in 1994 by COMSAT, who a year later put the company under its Ascent Entertainment Group division. By early 1999, Ascent was about to be broken up due to financial problems, mostly stemming from building the Pepsi Center in Denver.[6] Bernstein and venture capitalist Kevin O Donnell, son of Kennedy administration special assistant and appointments secretary Kenny O'Donnell, purchased Beacon back, restoring its independent company status.[7][8]




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  2. ^ "Company Profile: Beacon Communications, LLC". Business Directory. Dun & Bradstreet.
  3. ^ "About Us". Beacon Pictures. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  4. ^ "People". Beacon Pictures. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  5. ^ Bing, Jonathan (2001-11-20). "As partners work on split, Beacon seen in new light". Variety. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  6. ^ Higgins, Bill (16 December 1999). "'Hurricane' warning". Variety.
  7. ^ "Company data". Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  8. ^ Carver, Benedict; Peers, Martin (21 January 1999). "Beacon buyback". Variety.