Paramount Vantage
FormerlyParamount Classics (1998–2006)
Company typeLabel
FoundedMay 15, 1998; 25 years ago (1998-05-15)
FoundersDavid Dinerstein
Ruth Vitale
Defunct2014; 10 years ago (2014)
Paramount Pictures
Key people
John Lesher (President)
Nick Meyer (Co-President)
ProductsMotion pictures
ParentParamount Pictures

Paramount Vantage, Inc. (formerly known as Paramount Classics, Inc.) was a film production label of Paramount Pictures (which, in turn, has Paramount Global as its parent company), charged with producing, purchasing, distributing and marketing films, generally those with a more "art house" feel than films made and distributed by its parent company. Previously, Paramount Vantage operated as the specialty film division of Paramount Pictures, owned by Viacom.


Paramount Classics was launched on May 15, 1998 and released such art house fare as The Virgin Suicides, You Can Count on Me, Sunshine, Mostly Martha, Winter Solstice, and three Patrice Leconte films (Girl on the Bridge, The Man on the Train, Intimate Strangers). Although film journalist David Poland felt "Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein have proven to have wonderful taste heading up Paramount Classics",[1] the duo was fired in October 2005.[2]

In 2006, the Paramount Vantage brand branched off from Paramount Classics, which was relaunched in 2007 as a distributor of "smaller, review-driven films including foreign-language acquisitions and documentaries."[3]

In 2007, Paramount Vantage partnered with then-Disney subsidiary Miramax on two of the year's most highly regarded movies, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. Both films garnered eight nominations at the Academy Awards, with There Will Be Blood winning the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, while No Country for Old Men won for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem, and Best Picture.

Despite its critical success, Paramount Vantage continually failed to deliver the financial returns Paramount Pictures expected. Only No Country for Old Men made a profit, while films, that many believe should have generated significant returns, failed to deliver through either poor or excessive marketing.[4]

In June 2008, Paramount Pictures consolidated Paramount Vantage's marketing, distribution, and physical production departments into the parent studio, while retaining the Paramount Vantage brand to develop and acquire specialty product with dedicated creative staff.[5]

Paramount Vantage in 2014 closed down after the release of Nebraska.

Paramount Classics releases

Name Release date Production company(s)
Trekkies March 12, 1999 Co-production with Paramount Pictures
Get Real April 30, 1999 Co-production with Distant Horizon
Cabaret Balkan July 23, 1999
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole August 6, 1999 Co-production with Cuplan Productions LLC
Train of Life November 12, 1999
Where's Marlowe? November 12, 1999
Deterrence March 10, 2000
The Virgin Suicides May 12, 2000 Co-production with American Zoetrope
Passion of Mind May 26, 2000 Co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment
Sunshine June 9, 2000 Co-production with Alliance Atlantis and Serendipity Point Films
Girl on the Bridge July 28, 2000
You Can Count on Me November 17, 2000 Co-production with Shooting Gallery and Hart-Sharp Entertainment
The Gift December 22, 2000 Co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment
Company Man March 9, 2001 Co-production with Pathé and Intermedia
Savage Souls May 20, 2001 Co-production with Paramount Pictures
Bride of the Wind June 8, 2001 USA distribution only
An American Rhapsody August 24, 2001 Co-production with Fireworks Pictures and Seven Arts
Our Lady of the Assassins September 7, 2001
My First Mister October 12, 2001
Focus November 2, 2001
Sidewalks of New York November 21, 2001 USA distribution only
Mean Machine February 22, 2002 Co-production with SKA Films
Festival in Cannes March 3, 2002 Co-production with Rainbow Pictures
The Triumph of Love May 10, 2002
The Emperor's New Clothes June 14, 2002 Co-production with Filmfour
Who Is Cletis Tout? July 26, 2002 Co-production with Fireworks Pictures
Mostly Martha August 16, 2002 Co-production with Bavaria Film International
Just a Kiss September 27, 2002 Co-production with Greenestreet Films
Bloody Sunday October 4, 2002
The Way Home November 15, 2002 Co-production with CJ Entertainment and Tube Entertainment
Till Human Voices Wake Us February 21, 2003
House of Fools April 25, 2003
The Man on the Train May 9, 2003 Co-production with Pathé
Northfork July 11, 2003 USA distribution only
And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen August 8, 2003
The Singing Detective October 24, 2003 Co-production with Icon Productions
The Machinist January 18, 2004 Co-production with Filmax
The Reckoning March 5, 2004 Co-production with Renaissance Films
The United States of Leland April 2, 2004 Co-production with Media 8 Entertainment and Trigger Street Productions
Love Me If You Dare May 11, 2004 Co-production with Studio Canal
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead June 16, 2004 Co-production with Revere Pictures and Seven Arts
Intimate Strangers July 30, 2004
Mean Creek August 20, 2004 Co-production with Whitewater Films
Enduring Love October 29, 2004 Co-production with Pathé and Filmfour
Fade to Black November 5, 2004
Schultze Gets the Blues February 18, 2005
Winter Solstice April 8, 2005
Mad Hot Ballroom May 13, 2005 Co-production with Nickelodeon Movies and Just One Productions
After You... June 3, 2005
Hustle & Flow July 22, 2005 Co-production with MTV Films and New Deal Entertainment
Asylum August 12, 2005 Co-production with Seven Arts
Neil Young: Heart of Gold February 10, 2006 Co-production with Shangri-La Entertainment and Playtone
Ask the Dust March 17, 2006 Co-production with Pathé and Cruise/Wagner Productions
An Inconvenient Truth May 24, 2006 Co-production with Participant Productions
Typhoon June 2, 2006 Co-distribution with CJ Entertainment
Broken Bridges September 8, 2006 Co-production with CMT Films
Arctic Tale July 25, 2007 Co-production with National Geographic Films
Beneath August 7, 2007 Co-production with MTV Films
The Kite Runner December 14, 2007 Co-production with DreamWorks Pictures, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Participant Productions
Shine a Light April 4, 2008 Co-production with Shangri-La Entertainment and Concert Productions International

Paramount Vantage releases

Release date Film title Academy Awards and notes
October 27, 2006 Babel US distribution only, co-production with Paramount Pictures, Anonymous Content, Zeta Film and Central Films
January 20, 2007 Year of the Dog
March 2, 2007 Black Snake Moan
June 22, 2007 A Mighty Heart Co-production with Plan B Entertainment and Revolution Films
September 21, 2007 Into the Wild Co-production with River Road Entertainment
  • 2 Nominations
November 9, 2007 No Country for Old Men Co-production with Miramax Films and Mike Zoss Productions
  • Won
  • Additional nominations
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Editing
    • Best Sound Mixing
    • Best Sound Editing
November 16, 2007 Margot at the Wedding
December 26, 2007 There Will Be Blood Co-production with Miramax Films
  • Won
  • Additional nominations
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
    • Best Editing
    • Best Picture
    • Best Adapted Screenplay
    • Best Sound Editing
January 25, 2008 How She Move Co-production with MTV Films and Celluloid Dreams
February 1, 2008 The Eye Co-production with Lionsgate
May 2, 2008 Son of Rambow Co-production with Celluloid Dreams
May 30, 2008 The Foot Fist Way Co-production with MTV Films and Gary Sanchez Productions
July 25, 2008 American Teen Co-production with A&E IndieFilms
August 27, 2008 Traitor International distribution only, co-production with Overture Films and Hyde Park Entertainment
September 19, 2008 The Duchess Co-production with Pathe & BBC Films
  • Won
    • Best Costume Design
  • Additional nomination
    • Best Art Direction
December 25, 2008 The Crazies International distribution only
December 25, 2008 Last Chance Harvey International distribution only, distributed in the US by Overture Films
December 26, 2008 Revolutionary Road Co-production with DreamWorks Pictures and BBC Films
  • 3 Nominations
    • Best Art Direction
    • Best Costume Design
    • Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon
December 31, 2008 Defiance USA distribution only
  • 1 Nomination
    • Best Original Score
August 14, 2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. Co-production with Gary Sanchez Productions
August 21, 2009 The Marc Pease Experience Co-production with Groundswell Productions
September 4, 2009 Carriers Co-production with Likely Story
October 2, 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story Co-production with Overture Films
March 5, 2010 Ondine International distribution only, distributed in the US by Magnolia Pictures
August 8, 2010 Middle Men
September 24, 2010 Waiting for "Superman" Co-production with Participant Media and Walden Media
October 1, 2010 Case 39 Co-production with Paramount Pictures
October 28, 2011 Like Crazy Co-production with Indian Paintbrush
March 16, 2012 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Co-production with Indian Paintbrush
December 21, 2012 Not Fade Away Co-production with Indian Paintbrush
November 15, 2013 Nebraska Co-production with FilmNation Entertainment

See also