7 August 2001
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Hammer Film Productions Limited, the world famous independent studio, was registered for business in January 1949. The company is associated with quality, low budget filmmaking and so far has been responsible for over two hundred films and television programmes — the best known being an acclaimed series of Gothic horror films, many of which were shot at Bray Studios near Windsor.
In early 2000, Hammer came under a new management
. This is the most important corporate development in twenty years, and promises a new era for the company as it enters the 21st. century.
, Hammer Entertainment Ltd and FirstSight Films Ltd announced they are to develop and produce a slate of six feature films in the horror genre, the company announced on 12 May 2001.
The pact marks the first significant move back into feature film production for Hammer since its acquisition by a group of film industry investors last year. It also marks a further step in the establishment of FirstSight as a leading independent producer in the UK.
"By entering into this agreement with Charles Sturridge and his colleagues at FirstSight, we are clearly signalling our intent to deliver entertainment of high creative ambition within the most reliably commercial of film genres," said Hammer chairman, Larry Chrisfield.
"We are big fans of horror and even bigger fans of Hammer," said Sturridge. "We started talking to the Hammer principals as soon as they bought the company and we are thrilled to have reached agreement on this plan to deliver a slate of high-quality movies."
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