TriStar Pictures, Inc. (spelled Tri-Star until 1991) is a Film subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, itself a subdivision of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, which is owned by Sony Pictures. }} Columbia Pictures Industries Inc is an American Film production and distribution company }} Columbia Pictures Industries Inc is an American Film production and distribution company Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc ( SPE) is the television and Film production/distribution unit of Japanese Media conglomerate Sony It was founded in 1982.
The concept for TriStar came about in 1982 when Columbia (then a subsidiary of Coca-Cola), HBO, and CBS decided to pool resources to split the ever-growing costs of making movies. The Coca-Cola Company ( is the world's largest beverage company largest manufacturer distributor and marketer of non-alcoholic beverage concentrates and Syrups in the world CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Their first release, in 1984, was The Natural. The Natural is a 1984 film adaptation of Bernard Malamud 's 1952 baseball novel of the same name. Their second movie was a flop remake of the 1960 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picture Where the Boys Are. Where the Boys Are ( is an American Coming-of-age Comedy film, written by George Wells based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout
CBS dropped out of the venture in 1984. In April 1987, Tri-Star entered into the television business as TriStar Television. TriStar Television (first spelled Tri-Star) was an American television Production company that was In December 1987, HBO dropped out of the Tri-Star venture and Columbia Pictures bought their venture shares and merged Columbia and Tri-Star into Columbia Pictures Entertainment. Both companies continued to produce and distribute films under their separate names.
In 1989, all of Coke's entertainment holdings were acquired by Sony Corporation of Japan, who merged Columbia and TriStar, but continued to use the separate names. is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato Tokyo, Japan, and one of the world's largest Media conglomerates with Sony Pictures Entertainment later revived TriStar Television as a television production banner in 1991 and co-launched Columbia TriStar Television in 1994 with its sister television studio Columbia Pictures Television. Columbia TriStar Television Inc was the third name of the Television studio Screen Gems, adopted with the Columbia-TriStar merger of 1991 Columbia Pictures Television (CPT was the second name of the Columbia Pictures television division Screen Gems (SG Around summer 1998, Sony Pictures Entertainment merged Columbia and TriStar to form Columbia TriStar Pictures (or Columbia TriStar Entertainment, Inc. ) but just like Columbia Pictures Entertainment, both divisions continued producing and distributing films under their own names.
TriStar was relaunched in 2004 as a marketing and acquisitions unit that will have a "particular emphasis on genre films". 
TriStar was the theatrical distributor for many films produced by Carolco Pictures (the rights to only one of their films, Cliffhanger, has been retained by TriStar). Carolco Pictures Inc Carolco International NV or Anabasis Investments was an independent production company that within a decade went from producing such blockbuster successes as Cliffhanger is a 1993 Action film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow.