One of the original companies to release anime in America when the company debuted in 1988 and infamous for having many of their video releases being dub-only compared to other distributors in the time they formed.
Streamline Pictures was one of the first major anime distributors in America to emerge in 1988. Founded in Los Angeles by Carl Macek, who had worked on Harmony Gold USA's popular work Robotech, and animation historian/ film distribution veteran Jerry Beck, the company was notable for its original dub releases of then popular anime films like Akira and My Neighbor Totoro. But unlike other anime companies of the time that released subbed and dubbed releases of their acquired titles on VHS, Streamline only released dubbed versions of most of their anime which earned the company a great amount of infamy from fans of subbed anime. Streamline stopped releasing new anime in 1996 where they allowed distribution of their anime library to be handled by Orion Pictures and later MGM, until the company's closure in 2002. Much of Streamline's anime library would later be acquired by other anime companies such as Bandai Entertainment, Discotek and Geneon who chose to either re-dub the titles or retain Streamline's dub for them.
|Company Name||Streamline Pictures|
|Date Founded||Jan. 1, 1988, midnight|