|Type||Subsidiary of Nelson Holdings International, Ltd.|
Embassy Home Entertainment
|Fate||Renamed Sultan Entertainment and sold to New Line Cinema, library later purchased by Epic Productions|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Parent||Nelson Holdings International, Ltd. (1986–1991)|
New Line Cinema (1991)
Nelson Entertainment also known as Nelson Entertainment Group was a Los Angeles-based film production and home video distribution company, a subsidiary of Nelson Holdings International Ltd., a Vancouver, Canada, holding company formed in 1985 by British film producer Barry Spikings and Richard Northcott, a British financier who amassed his fortune from a chain of hardware and furniture stores.
The company acquired Galactic Films as well as Spikings Corporation in 1985, then later acquired distribution rights to a majority of Embassy titles after purchasing its home video division, which Nelson paid $85 million for, and then signed an agreement with Columbia Pictures which enabled Nelson to finance their films for Columbia. The company would buy out Autovend Technology Corp, which specialized in vending machines holding up to 400 videotapes for sale or rental, in September 1986, with John Lack, a former executive of Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, hired to run the Autovend technology.
On November 26, 1986, Nelson decided to form a foreign sales arm, Nelson International, Inc. Ian Jessel, formerly an executive at CBS Theatrical Films, was named president of the unit.
On March 18, 1987, Nelson Entertainment, through its Embassy Home Entertainment division inked a pact with Hemdale Film Corporation, to co-produce 10 pictures in a co-financing agreement between Hemdale and Nelson; Nelson would receive domestic home video rights, while Hemdale retained all other rights to the 10 pictures.
Throughout the summer of 1987, Embassy/Nelson announced more international distribution deals, including West German video distributor Neue Constantin Film and Nippon Herald in Japan. Elsewhere, Nelson decided to intervene in the Hemdale Film Corporation-Vestron Video lawsuit over video rights to a package of 12 Hemdale films; Nelson then subsequently filed for rights to the same 12 pictures under almost identical terms as the arrangement Vestron was trying to have enforced, and the deal added another film to the mix, High Tide.
Sometime in August 1987, Embassy Home Entertainment was renamed Nelson Entertainment, but retained the earlier brand as well as Charter Entertainment for sell-through products. Nelson then financed a deal with Castle Rock Entertainment to co-produce their films, and in addition handle the international distribution rights.
In September 1988, Orion Home Video became Nelson's sales agent; in addition, Orion Pictures would later theatrically distribute a few of Nelson's titles. By February 1989, Orion was the official home video distributor of Nelson product.
In 1991, Nelson Entertainment sold its home video division to New Line Cinema and it was rebranded as New Line Home Video. The company was later renamed Sultan Entertainment and was acquired by New Line, who then later took over the video rights to the library. This merger also meant Nelson's video rights changed hands, as RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video began distributing former Embassy and Nelson videos via their distribution pact with New Line. By 1994, Nelson's catalog had been acquired by Epic Productions and folded into the Alpha Library Company. After Epic's closure, Crédit Lyonnais assumed responsibility of its library. The library was put up for auction by the Consortium de Realisation as the "Epic library". Credit Lyonnais later sold the Epic film library to PolyGram Filmed Entertainment in 1997, then Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) acquired 2/3 of PolyGram's pre-April 1996 library in October 1998. Therefore, MGM now owns most of the Nelson Entertainment library with the copyrights being held by Orion Pictures. Due to a previous agreement with Viacom Enterprises, Paramount Pictures via Trifecta Entertainment & Media holds the television rights to Nelson's post-January 1989 films not co-produced with Castle Rock. Castle Rock's pre-July 1994 titles are owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, but are controlled by MGM via Orion, while the film Labyrinth is currently controlled by The Jim Henson Company and under license to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
|October 16, 1987||The Whales of August||Alive Films|
|November 13, 1987||Hope and Glory||Goldcrest Films||Columbia Pictures|
|April 15, 1988||The Moderns||Alive Films|
|April 22, 1988||A Time of Destiny||Columbia Pictures|
|White Mischief||Goldcrest Films
|September 10, 1988||Far North||Alive Films|
|January 27, 1989||Cohen and Tate||New Galactic Tate Productions||Hemdale Film Corporation|
|February 17, 1989||Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure||Interscope Communications
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
|April 14, 1989||Winter People||Castle Rock Entertainment||Columbia Pictures|
|July 21, 1989||When Harry Met Sally...||Castle Rock Entertainment||Columbia Pictures|
|November 17, 1989||Prancer||Cineplex Odeon Films||Orion Pictures|
|March 16, 1990||Lord of the Flies||Castle Rock Entertainment||Columbia Pictures|
|April 6, 1990||The First Power||Interscope Communications||Orion Pictures|
|September 28, 1990||Texasville||Cine-Source||Columbia Pictures|
|October 26, 1990||Sibling Rivalry||Castle Rock Entertainment||Columbia Pictures|
|November 30, 1990||Misery||Castle Rock Entertainment||Columbia Pictures|
|December 19, 1990||Hamlet||Icon Productions
|January 18, 1991||Eve of Destruction||Interscope Communications||Orion Pictures|
|June 7, 1991||City Slickers||Castle Rock Entertainment||Columbia Pictures|
|July 19, 1991||Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey||Interscope Communications||Orion Pictures|
|October 11, 1991||The Taking of Beverly Hills||Columbia Pictures|
|April 29, 1994||The Favor||Orion Pictures|
|September 23, 1994||There Goes My Baby||Orion Pictures|