Pacific Title & Art Studio has been around since 1919. It was one of the first main title design studios in Hollywood, whose history dates back to the days of silent film. PacTitle was founded in 1919 by Warner Bros. animation artist and producer Leon Schlesinger, the studio quickly became the leading creator of feature film titles.
Schlesinger sold the company in 1935 to Larry Glickman in 1935. Under Glickman, the company flourished for decades as a provider of title design and optical effects for films and the burgeoning television industry.
In the 1990 the company ushered in the Digital Age and transformed itself to become a full service digital post production facility.
The company also gained renown for restoring and preserving classic films, such as the Star Wars trilogy and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Classic main titles include The Jazz Singer, Gone with the Wind, Ben Hur. More recent work includes main titles for David Lynch’ Lost Highway, XXX – State of the Nation, USA Network’s The Starter Wife and Little Miss Sunshine.
On June 8th, 2009, Variety posted a short story about the financial problems threatening Pacific Title & Art Studio. (Read the story on Variety)
Variety quotes PacTitle’s CEO David McCarthy who said that “tax incentives in other locales and general economic conditions have all combined to create an excessively harsh industry situation that Pac Title could not escape.”
Pretty bad news that illustrates the title and VFX industry’s slowdown caused by the 2008-2009 recession. Although it seems that other forces have contributed to the company’s demise.