Julie and Roger Corman formed New Horizons Pictures in 1983 after selling New World Productions the previous year. Producing some of the most beloved cult classics of their era, New World also proved to be a training facility for a generation of the greatest film talent of all time.
Julie and Roger were able to bring the majority of their staff, as well as their New World catalog, with them when forming New Horizons Pictures, and the company immediately began profiting off the booming home video market in the 90s. Continuing their streak of making high-quality, low-budget films, New Horizons in the last decade has partnered with SyFy, Sony, Netflix, and most recently Universal Pictures to create fast-paced, youth-oriented content for the next generation of film lovers.
Roger Corman blazed a pioneering trail as an independent producer and director in the 50s and 60s by making a phenomenal number of low-budget films in a variety of genres. His reputation as a trendsetter started with the cult classics he made during that time for the Sam Arkoff-helmed production company, American International Pictures, including: THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, A BUCKET OF BLOOD, THE INTRUDER, THE TRIP, WILD ANGELS, as well as the classic cycle of horror films based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe. By the end of 60s, Roger’s provocative films had won him international acclaim, and he became the youngest director ever to be honored with retrospectives at the Cinematheque Francaise, the British Film Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Roger parted ways with American International Pictures in 1970, founding his own independent production and distribution company, New World Pictures. During the 70s and 80s, Roger’s New World became the largest independent production company in the world, with a string of fast-paced, youth-oriented genre pictures, including cult classics: DEATH RACE 2000, ROCK ‘N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, BIG BAD MAMA, PIRANHA, and BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS. During this time, Roger unofficially created what became known as the “Corman Film School,” which opened doors and gave opportunities to young writers, directors and actors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Peter Bogdanovich, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Towne, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, John Sayles, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Bullock, Robert DeNiro, among many, many others.
Roger held onto his efficient, low-budget filmmaking mentality in the 80’s and 90’s, forming New Horizons Pictures in 1983 with his wife, Julie. New Horizons proved to be incredibly successful during the home market transition to VHS and DVDs, and New Horizons has produced over 125 films to date, once again providing opportunities for young directors and writers in the next phase of Roger’s legendary career. In 2009, Roger’s career reached its pinnacle as Roger found Oscar glory at last when Jonathan Demme, his friend and former Corman Film School student, presented Roger with a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award for his contribution to the cinematic arts.
Julie Corman has produced over 30 films. Her first feature producing credit was on BOXCAR BERTHA, directed by Martin Scorsese, before she went on to produce CRAZY MAMA (directed by Jonathan Demme), THE LADY IN RED (written by John Sayles), SATURDAY THE 14TH (starring Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, and Jeffrey Tambor), and the film DA (starring Martin Sheen), based on the Tony Award-Winning Play.
In 1983, Julie and her husband founded New Horizons Picture Corporation, which proved to be even more prolific than its predecessor, the cult independent film company, New World Pictures. The New Horizons film library now exceeds 450 titles.
Julie went on to produce family films under her Trinity Pictures imprint. The Academy of Film and Television named her “Producer Of The Year” in 1996. Included in her canon of family films are: A CRY IN THE WILD, based on Gary Paulsen’s Newbery Award-Winning novel entitled HATCHET, THE WESTING GAME, THE DIRT BIKE KID, MAX IS MISSING, and THE LEGEND OF THE LOST TOMB.
Corman is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Women in Film, and The International Women’s Forum. She has been a visiting professor at UCLA, USC, Penn, Yale, and Duke. She has given Master Classes at Sundance and The Traverse City Film Festival.
Most recently, she co-Produced the film, DEATH RACE 2050 for Universal, which was released in January.