A Brief History
Martin J. Quigley was a twenty five-year-old drama critic for a major Chicago newspaper in 1915 when he went to the D.W. Griffith's Theatre to see "The Birth of A Nation." He was so enthralled by this new medium and art form that he quit his job and started a publishing company dedicated to the Film Industry. He started publishing a weekly, Exhibitors Herald, that year. By 1930 he acquired the other two major weeklies in the industry, Moving Picture World and Motion Picture News and merged them into Motion Picture Herald.
Martin J. Quigley was a trusted confidant to all the early moguls including Cecil B. de Mille, Howard Hughes, Samuel Goldwyn, Darryl F. Zanuck, Walt Disney, Louis B. Mayer, Irving Thalberg, Harry Cohn, and Jack and Harry Warner. He authored the Motion Picture Production Code. He was the publisher of all the Quigley Publications from the Company founding in 1915 to his death in 1964. His intimate knowledge of the Business and the players is reflected in the millions of words of editorial that he wrote personally as well as the writings of the employees of the Company through the years.
Martin Quigley Jr. started to work for the Company in 1939. He is the author of Magic Shadows-The Story of The Origin of Motion PictureS and co-wrote Films in America. He was editor of new Screen Techniques. Initially a reporter and film reviewer, he was editor of the Motion Picture Herald from 1949 to 1966. From then to 1972 he was editorial director of Motion Picture Daily. He has been the editor and publisher of the International Motion Picture Almanac and International Television and Video Almanac for three decades and President and Publisher of the Company from 1964 through 2001. Martin Quigley Jr. is the dean of American film journalists and historians.
His son, William J. Quigley, became the third President of the Company in 2001 and merged Quigley Publishing Company into QP Media, Inc.. He has more than 35 years experience in the Industry, including production, distribution and exhibition. He has served as Vice President of Film for the Walter Reade Organization and as President of Vestron Pictures, which produced and distributed 43 films including Dirty Dancing and John Huston’s, The Dead. He has also been Senior Vice President of Marketing and New Business at United Artists Theatre Circuit, Senior Vice President of Mann Theatres and a member of the Board of Directors of Nato. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The International Motion Picture Almanac is often referred to as "The Bible" in the Industry and contains over 400 pages of biographies and 500 pages of reference material. From 1928 to the present day, the complete set contains the biography of everyone who has ever been of importance to the Industry. Each edition includes thousands of company listings, credits for current films and films released in the prior ten years, statistics and awards, and complete coverage of all aspects of the Industry, including production, distribution and exhibition.
The International Television and Video Almanac is the companion to the International Motion Picture Almanac. This book has been published since 1955. Each edition contains over 400 pages of biographies and an additional 500 pages of reference material on television programs, broadcast, cable and satellite, production services, the video industry, statistics and awards. Included are detailed listings for thousands of companies, as well as coverage outside the United States.
Further information may be obtained by contacting Bill Quigley.