Carl Laemmle

Name:
Carl Laemmle
Role:
President
Born:
1867
Died:
1939

About

Emigrated from Germany in 1884, and worked in a variety of clerical and bookkeeping jobs before moving to Chicago in 1906 and opening a storefront theatre.  In 1907 he established an exchange and began developing a national exchange chain, the Laemmle Film Service. In 1909 he established an independent production company, and began a long legal battle with the Motion Picture Patents Company.  In May, 1912 he formed the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, later buying out his partners and opening the Universal City studio complex in the San Fernando Valley in 1915. During the 1920s Universal produced and distributed primarily to independent exhibitors. In 1935 Laemmle was forced to sell Universal, and resigned as its president in March 1936.

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