Allied Artists has produced some truly memorable films, including Don Siegels’ paranoid masterpiece, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Throughout the years, Allied Artists has released such award winning movies as Cabaret; Papillon; The Wild Geese; El Cid; The Pawnbroker; and such camp cult classics as The Blob, The Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman, and The Queen of Outer Space, to name just a few. Through the golden age of the low budgets, Allied Artists and Monogram Pictures were responsible for many iconic motion pictures. The mission was and still is to entertain the masses. Although Allied's origins are in motion pictures, the Company has additionally concentrated on music: recording artists, compilations, and motion picture soundtracks. They are an entertainment business which can produce big or small budget feature films, home videos, streaming films, music, music videos, streaming music, and theme merchandising.
The Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Kim Richards, possesses over 30 years of experience and a distinguished history of accomplishments in the music, film, and television industries. He has earned more than 100 gold, platinum, and diamond records, as well as numerous Grammy and Emmy nominations. Chief among his credits is Pink Floyd's "The Wall," which has been certified diamond at 23 million copies, making it the third highest grossing album of all time, behind only the Eagles Greatest Hits and Michael Jackson's Thriller. Mr. Richards' video productions have won at both the New York and Cannes Film Festivals. In the 1970's, while simultaneously working towards his undergraduate and law degrees, Mr. Richards worked in Artist Development and Productions at RSO Records, leaving for CBS Records in 1979. On loan from CBS, he became Special (music) Projects Producer in 1981 for ABC Television in Hollywood. In 1983, Mr. Richards began his association with Allied Artists, as Vice President of Productions. He was rapidly promoted and by 1987, he was named Chairman and CEO of Allied. Throughout his career, Mr. Richards has worked with literally thousands of artists across a wide variety of genres, including such notables as Pink Floyd, Andy Gibb, Queen, Styxx, Renegade, ELO, The Spinners, David Naughton, Steely Dan, Robbie DuPree, Luis Cardenas, Iron Butterfly, Exodus, Mike Pinera, Brad Delp (Boston), Alice Cooper, Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot), The Osmond Brothers, Donny Osmond, Andy Williams, The Fifth Dimension, Neil Diamond, Jermaine Jackson, Carol King, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Blues Image, Della Reese, Glen Campbell, Paul Anka, Tom Jones, and Engelbert Humperdink.
Mr. Richards is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and has held advisory positions with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM). As a member of the RIAA technology committee, Richards helped establish the standards for, and introduction of, Compact Discs. At the time, industry insiders were reluctant to displace traditional vinyl records by introducing a radically different technology (digital) that required completely new hardware. Detractors argued that cassettes had all but destroyed the sale of 8 tracks and that the small size of CD's reduced consumer shelf visibility. Mr. Richards and a narrow majority of his fellow advisory board members successfully argued that CD's were a necessary technological advance that must be embraced by the industry. Mr. Richards was the architect of a compromise that established over-sized packaging that permitted record companies to realize the same amount of package advertising visibility that had previously been available on 8 track tapes.
San Antonio, TX – The Mutt Productions / Allied Artists rock n’ roll time travel comedy adventure, “Rockin’ In Time,” has begun announcing key attachments. Noted director, Aaron Lee Lopez, (of the Teenage Girl franchise) gets the nod as director, while R. Scott Leisk (Velocity Girl, Colossal Youth) has been tapped to search for and cast the film’s lead character, Lars Olsen, as well as heading overall casting. When asked about the choice of Leisk as Casting Director, Lopez commented that “casting for Rockin’ is challenging as it relies on a number of hybrid actor/musicians, together with famous rock stars who may be making their silver screen debut.” As to directing Rockin’, Lopez adds “The notion of time travel has always intrigued me and when Kurt [Wipfli] first discussed the Rockin’ In Time storyline, I became excited at the possibilities that emerge when mixing music of the 1980’s – a beloved era that is quite popular today – with present day hyper digitized and diverse genres of music. We have some surprises in store for the audience but suffice it to say that this movie will be a laugh out loud adventure that will be both nostalgic for older audiences and energetic for younger fans of rock n’ roll!”
The Allied Artists and Monogram Pictures names have always stood for cost effective, yet quality entertainment product. Many such companies have not only produced “cheap” movies – often dubbed “B’s” - but some have successfully modeled themselves after larger studios, earning multiple Academy Awards along the way. Monogram made money on the Bowery Boys and the Cisco Kid, but under its intended “A” movie subsidiary, Allied Artists, also produced some truly memorable films, including Don Siegel’s paranoid masterpiece, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Throughout the years, Allied Artists has released such award winning movies as Cabaret; Papillon; The Wild Geese; El Cid; The Pawnbroker; and such camp cult classics as The Blob, The Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman, and The Queen of Outer Space, to name just a few.