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Ian Jane
01-05-2018, 11:25 AM
The man behind Crown International has passed away.

"His indie company found a profitable niche in the 1970s and '80s with exploitative flicks like 'The Pom Pom Girls,' 'The Van' and 'My Tutor.'

Mark Tenser, the savvy movie executive who transformed Crown International Pictures from an unremarkable independent film company into an exploitation powerhouse in the 1970s and '80s, has died."

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mark-tenser-dead-was-president-ceo-1970s-indie-powerhouse-crown-international-pictures-1071665?facebook_20180104

Jobla
01-05-2018, 04:42 PM
Sorry to hear that. The studio's films, especially THE YOUNG GRADUATES, THE BABYSITTER, and CINDY AND DONNA have afforded me many hours of pleasure over the decades, starting in the early 1970's. it's a wonderfully eclectic library of pictures.

Ian Miller
01-05-2018, 07:41 PM
Just the fact that the article shows an apparent awareness (whether based on the writer actually viewing the film or not) of the true nature of MALIBU HIGH is kind of startling.

Newt Cox
01-05-2018, 08:38 PM
I didn't discover Crown until the dying days of BCI. Feel in love with a few of the Crown features, with Van Nuys BLVD being my favorite.

Jobla
01-06-2018, 04:37 PM
I think there have been about 20 books about Roger Corman and/or AIP. I wish somebody would do a book about Crown International Pictures.

Randy G
01-06-2018, 07:55 PM
Just the fact that the article shows an apparent awareness (whether based on the writer actually viewing the film or not) of the true nature of MALIBU HIGH is kind of startling.

I find film writers are much more knowledgable of genre and exploition films these days, they grew up in the same video stores stocked with B-classics that we did afterall.

Mark C.
01-06-2018, 09:21 PM
I think there have been about 20 books about Roger Corman and/or AIP. I wish somebody would do a book about Crown International Pictures.

I think a fellow member was writing one, Mike Howlett who wrote The Weird world of Eerie publications.

Mike Howlett
01-12-2018, 09:14 PM
I think a fellow member was writing one, Mike Howlett who wrote The Weird world of Eerie publications.

I had put my Crown project on the back burner a few years ago to work on other things and have yet to dust it off and start again. Perhaps with the passing of Tenser (who never returned queries or took phone calls from me) I will get back in the groove.

Jobla
01-13-2018, 04:57 PM
The story of Crown International really hasn't been told. I hope very much that you resurrect this project.

Mark C.
01-13-2018, 08:01 PM
I had put my Crown project on the back burner a few years ago to work on other things and have yet to dust it off and start again. Perhaps with the passing of Tenser (who never returned queries or took phone calls from me) I will get back in the groove.

That's unfortunate Mike, I've always kept that bit of info in the back of my mind hoping one day we would see a book on the subject from you. Hopefully you can find the energy to get back to it one day.