James H. Nicholson

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Seattle, Washington, USA
One of the two founders of AIP (American International Pictures), James H. Nicholson was born in the Midwest in 1916. He was working as a promo man for Realart Pictures when, in 1955, he struck up a partnership with fellow Midwesterner (from Iowa) Samuel Z. Arkoff. They founded American Releasing Corp. (ARC), soon to become AIP, which would turn out 500 movies, over 60 of them produced by Nicholson. AIP discovered a niche that was being completely ignored by mainstream Hollywood--teenagers. It turned out movies about hot rods and rock 'n' roll, and the drive-ins filled with kids. Read more...