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Section Eight Productions
Company typeProduction company
PredecessorMaysville Pictures
Founded2000; 24 years ago (2000)
FoundersGeorge Clooney
Steven Soderbergh
Defunct2006; 18 years ago (2006)
SuccessorSmokehouse Pictures
Key people
Jennifer Fox
Gregory Jacobs
Ben Cosgrove

Section Eight Productions, or just Section Eight, was an American film production company founded in 2000 by film director Steven Soderbergh and actor/director George Clooney.[1]

It produced the critical hits Far from Heaven, Insomnia, Syriana,[2] A Scanner Darkly and Michael Clayton, as well as Clooney-directed films Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night, and Good Luck.[2] In 2005, Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck picked up eight Oscars nominations between them.

With Soderbergh citing a desire to focus on directing, and Clooney forming production company Smokehouse Pictures with Grant Heslov, the two decided to shut down Section Eight at the end of 2006.[2]


Year Film Director Notes
2001 Ocean's Eleven[2] Steven Soderbergh Remake of Ocean's Eleven (1960)
2002 Insomnia Christopher Nolan Remake of Insomnia (1997)
Welcome to Collinwood Anthony Russo
Joe Russo
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind George Clooney
Full Frontal Steven Soderbergh
Far from Heaven Todd Haynes
2004 Criminal Gregory Jacobs Remake of Nine Queens (2000)
Ocean's Twelve Steven Soderbergh
2005 The Jacket John Maybury
Good Night, and Good Luck[2] George Clooney
Syriana Stephen Gaghan
Rumor Has It... Rob Reiner
2006 A Scanner Darkly Richard Linklater
The Good German Steven Soderbergh
2007 Wind Chill Gregory Jacobs
Ocean's Thirteen Steven Soderbergh
Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy
2009 The Informant! Steven Soderbergh

Notes and references

  1. ^ Stone, Rob (April 10, 2018). The Cinema of Richard Linklater: Walk, Don't Run. Columbia University Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-231-85124-4.
  2. ^ a b c d e McLean, Thomas J. (October 13, 2006). "Section Eight goes up in Smoke". Variety. Retrieved August 29, 2021.