Happy Madison Productions is an American film and television production company founded in 1999 by Adam Sandler who is best known for his comedy films. Happy Madison takes its name from the films Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, two box office successes starring Sandler himself, both produced by Robert Simonds. The elderly man depicted in the logo is Sandler's late father, Stanley.
In addition to various Sandler-produced films, the company has also released films produced by others, such as Steven Brill (Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds), Dennis Dugan (The Benchwarmers, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2), Frank Coraci (Click, Zookeeper, Blended), Fred Wolf (Strange Wilderness, The House Bunny), Tom Brady (The Animal, The Hot Chick, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star), Peter Segal (Anger Management, >50 First Dates, The Longest Yard), and Nicholaus Goossen (A Day with the Meatball, Grandma's Boy, The Shortcut).
The 1998 films The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer helped jump start Sandler's movie career and production company. He produced The Waterboy and co-wrote the script with Tim Herlihy. The film was extremely profitable, earning over $160 million in the United States alone and made Sandler a successful actor with The Waterboy becoming his second $100 million film in a year, along with The Wedding Singer.
The company's production office is located in the Judy Garland building on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California while its corporate and parent company offices (Happy Madison, Inc.) are located in Manchester, New Hampshire run by Adam's brother Scott.
The company used to have a subsidiary, Madison 23 Productions, which was aimed towards the drama genre. The only production under Madison 23 was Reign Over Me, starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. This studio company on the trailer of Funny People and the poster and trailer for Reign Over Me is also known as "Mr. Madison Productions". However, after the financial failure of Reign Over Me, the "Madison 23" label was shut down. Upcoming films include Pixels, a feature film based on the internet short by Patrick Jean (scheduled for release on May 15, 2015); Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said?, a biography about the comedian; as well as others in development including Golddiggers 101 and The Gilmores of Beverley Hills, according to IMDB and Movie Insider.
Happy Madison's films have, for the most part, received mixed to negative reviews from critics. The production company has put out three films considered to be some of the worst ever made. As of June 2012, the only films to have received a 'fresh' rating are Reign Over Me and Funny People. Happy Gilmore received a 'fresh' rating, but was not an official Happy Madison production. Yet most movies, as per the table above, have been commercial successes relative to their production costs.
NOTE: Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes scores are out of 100.
- Rules of Engagement (2007â"13) (with Game Six Productions, CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television)
- The Gong Show with Dave Attell (2008)
- Nick Swardson's Pretend Time (2010â"11) (with Culver Entertainment)
- Breaking In (2011â"12) (with Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Sony Pictures Television)
- The Goldbergs (2013) (with Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Sony Pictures Television)
- Nick Swardson - Party (CD/DVD) (2007)
- Nick Swardson - Seriously, Who Farted? (2009)
- Happy Madison page on Sandler's website
- Happy Madison at the Internet Movie Database