By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 17, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we celebrate the birth of a film industry giant…and its familiar lion.

The Roar

The long and winding road of the iconic entertainment company started 100 years ago today, on April 17, 1924 upon the merger of three studios.  The name of the new company combined the three founding studios and thus Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) was born.  Leo the Lion has been used as the logo for MGM since day one.

The founders were central and east European immigrants, Goldwyn from Poland and Mayer, who also founded Metro, from the Ukraine.   Oh, and yes, the Lion logo was created by another Polish immigrant.

MGM ruled Hollywood in the 1930s through the 1950s.  They owned studios, movie lots and theaters.  Then in the late 1950s it divested movie theaters (Loews) but added TV productions.

Investor Kerkorian gained control of MGM in 1969, and things changed dramatically.  In the next two decades changes included downsizing, but buying United Artists, adding MGM Resorts and selling and then buying back the remnants of MGM. It became part of a consortium that included Sony, and a few years later filed for bankruptcy.  After the dust settled, MGM became part of Amazon in 2022.  That is now the home of Ben Hur, Rocky and James Bond.

City of Los Angeles (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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