United Artists Releasing, LLC
FormerlyMirror (2017–2019)
Company typeJoint venture
PredecessorUnited Artists Corporation
FoundedOctober 31, 2017; 6 years ago (2017-10-31)
DefunctMarch 4, 2023; 13 months ago (2023-03-04)
FateOperations folded into MGM[1]
HeadquartersWest Hollywood and Los Angeles, California, United States
Number of locations
Area served
United States
Key people
ProductsMotion pictures
ServicesFilm distribution and promotion
Owners50% each owned by:
Number of employees
230 (2022)
WebsiteOfficial website (archived)

United Artists Releasing, LLC (UAR) was an American film distribution joint venture between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Annapurna Pictures and the successor to United Artists (UA).

Founded by former MGM CEO Gary Barber and Annapurna founder Megan Ellison on October 31, 2017, as Mirror,[2] it operated within the offices of the headquarters of the respective companies in West Hollywood and Los Angeles in California and offered alternative services to the major film studios and streaming media companies[3] with 10–14 films released annually. The venture rebranded as United Artists Releasing on February 5, 2019, to commemorate 100 years since the founding of United Artists.[3][4] Unlike the original United Artists, MGM and Annapurna had been operated a U.S. theatrical distribution joint venture, United Artists Releasing.

On May 26, 2021, online shopping and technology company Amazon acquired MGM Holdings, the parent company of MGM, for $8.45 billion[5] which closed on March 17, 2022,[6] and consequentially placed UAR under the control of Amazon Studios. Amazon then folded United Artists Releasing into MGM on March 4, 2023, in a push towards cinematic/theatrical film distribution alongside their staple media releases on their video on demand service Amazon Prime Video.[1]


American media companies Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Annapurna Pictures announced the formation of a local film distribution joint-venture and a film releasing entity under the name Mirror to release third-party films in cinemas/theaters.[2] This marked the return of MGM to domestic distribution 7 years after its closure following the 2010 bankruptcy and subsequent reorganization, in which approximately 6 to 8 films would be released commencing on March 2, 2018 with the release of Death Wish.

The initial staff of the joint venture composed of those of Annapurna's own distribution division. By January 31, 2019, the venture released eight titles in total, none of which were released under the touted Mirror Releasing banner.[3]

The joint venture took on a name on February 5, 2019, United Artists Releasing, in commemoration of a century (100 years) of the creation of the original United Artists,[3] with the rationale being to "better compete against the major studios, especially with respect to their tentpole films that dictate the release calendar".[4]

Former Screen Gems executive Pam Kunath was appointed to be its chief operating officer and one of MGM's subsidiaries, Orion Pictures, added its films and staff from its distribution division to the venture.[3][4] A board of directors consisting of executives from the partner companies was created to oversee the three UAR executives; Kunath, David Kaminow and president of Annapurna's distribution and marketing, Erik Lomis.

The inaugural film release post-rebrand was the 2019 stop-motion animated film Missing Link, which won the company its inaugural and only Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.[7]

On October 7, 2020, MGM revived the American International Pictures label for the digital and limited theatrical release of acquired films with UAR to local theaters, beginning with the 2021 film Breaking News in Yuba County.[8]

On May 11, 2021, online shopping and technology company Amazon entered negotiations to acquire MGM's parent company, MGM Holdings, principally green-lighted by MGM board chairman Kevin Ulrich whose company, Anchorage Capital Group, is a major MGM shareholder.[9][10] A week later, the proposed acquisition by Amazon was officially announced, pending local and global regulatory approvals, for $8.45 billion[5] and completed on March 17, 2022.[6] Later that same day, Mike Hopkins, senior vice president of Amazon Studios and Amazon Prime Video, emphasized at a town hall meeting that his company will continue to partner with its new division United Artists Releasing, which will remain in operation post-acquisition.[11]

On March 4, 2023, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Amazon folded UAR into MGM due to Amazon's optimism of the feasibility of theatrical distribution. The announcement was on the same day Creed III was released, which is also the first film distributed by MGM itself under Amazon's ownership.[1]


MGM/Annapurna joint-venture
Release date Title Company Co-producer(s) International distributor
March 2, 2018 Death Wish MGM Cave 76 Productions
July 6, 2018 Sorry to Bother You Annapurna
  • Significant Productions
  • MNM Creative
  • Cinereach
  • The Space Program
August 29, 2018 Operation Finale MGM Automatik Entertainment Netflix[12]
September 21, 2018 The Sisters Brothers Annapurna
November 21, 2018 Creed II MGM
Warner Bros. Pictures
December 14, 2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Annapurna
December 25, 2018 Vice
  • 30West
  • Automatik Entertainment
February 14, 2019 Fighting with My Family MGM [13]
United Artists Releasing
April 12, 2019 Missing Link Annapurna Laika[7]
May 10, 2019 The Hustle MGM
  • Pin High Productions
  • Cave 76 Productions
  • Camp Sugar Productions
Universal Pictures
May 24, 2019 Booksmart Annapurna Gloria Sanchez Productions
June 21, 2019 Child's Play Orion Pictures Bron Studios[14]
August 16, 2019 Where'd You Go, Bernadette Annapurna
October 11, 2019 The Addams Family MGM
Universal Pictures
January 31, 2020 Gretel & Hansel Orion Pictures
  • Bron Studios
  • Automatik Entertainment
May 8, 2020 Valley Girl Sneak Preview Productions
August 28, 2020 Bill & Ted Face the Music Orion Pictures
  • Hammerstone Studios
  • Dial 9
  • Dungan Entertainment
  • TinRes Entertainment
  • Endeavor Content
October 9, 2020 The Wolf of Snow Hollow Orion Classics
February 12, 2021 Breaking News in Yuba County American International Pictures
March 26, 2021 Bad Trip Orion Pictures
  • Gorilla Flicks
  • The District
  • Helo Films
May 7, 2021 Wrath of Man MGM
Miramax International
July 20, 2021 How It Ends American International Pictures Mister Lister Films
August 13, 2021 Respect MGM
Universal Pictures
August 20, 2021 Flag Day
  • Conqueror Productions
  • Olive Hill Media
  • Wonderful Films
October 1, 2021 The Addams Family 2
October 8, 2021 No Time to Die
  • EON Productions
  • Universal Pictures
November 24, 2021 House of Gucci [22] Universal Pictures
November 26, 2021 Licorice Pizza
  • Focus Features
  • Ghoulardi Film Company
February 18, 2022 Dog [24]
February 25, 2022 Cyrano [25] Universal Pictures
May 13, 2022 On the Count of Three
  • Annapurna Pictures
  • Orion Pictures
July 22, 2022 Anything's Possible Orion Pictures
July 29, 2022 Thirteen Lives MGM
Limited theatrical release only with streaming release by Amazon Studios on Amazon Prime Video
August 26, 2022 Samaritan Balboa Productions
Three Thousand Years of Longing
FilmNation Entertainment
September 9, 2022 About Fate American International Pictures
  • Aldamisa Entertainment
  • Contentious Media
  • Vincent Newman Entertainment
October 14, 2022 Till Orion Pictures
  • Frederick Zollo Productions
  • Eon Productions
Universal Pictures
November 18, 2022 Bones and All MGM
  • Frenesy Film Company
  • Per Capita Productions
  • The Apartment Pictures
  • Memo Films
  • 3 Marys Entertainment
Warner Bros. Pictures
December 23, 2022 Women Talking Orion Pictures
  • Plan B Entertainment
  • Hear/Say Productions
Universal Pictures; final UAR release


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