Illustrious Industries (simply known as Illustrious) is a Canadian-American holding firm founded by OWL Ventures founder Oliver Watson to personally hold and control assets that Watson has a personal investment in, it also serves as a firm for companies that him and his team at OWL believe would be better under his control, and not OWL's. Watson described it as "his own attempt at running a Vuori like company".

In September 2020, it was announced that Illustrious would fully merge with OWL Ventures, and as such, the new company would divest various assets to raise capital, and the OWL "eyecon" would be added to Illustrious's corporate logo and branding, to signify the merger.

Assets

Illustrious was originally formed to be the holding company for Watson's production company, Studio Watson, Watson's controlling stake in OWL Ventures, and a 50% stake in Salovaara Watson, but has also come to be the holding company for assets such as:

  • Illustrious Entertainment
    • Sony Pictures Entertainment
    • Sony Music Group
    • Sony Entertainment Japan (a merger of Sony Pictures Japan and Sony Music Japan respectively)
    • Litton Entertainment
    • Almost Music
    • Studio Watson
    • Salovaara Watson (50%)
  • The Times-Tribune Company
    • LA and NY Times
    • The San Diego Union-Tribune
    • The Dow Jones Company
    • Tribune Publishing
    • Gannett
  • Illustrious Digital Media
    • G/O Media
    • Bustle Digital Group
    • Mansueto Ventures
    • Cycle Media/Laundry Service
    • Some Spider Studios
    • Complexly
    • First Media
    • Minute Media
    • Verizon Media
    • Monitor (formerly Cheddar, Whistle, Barcroft Media, Local Now and Newsy)
    • Storyful
    • Slate Group
    • CNet Media Group
    • Tentpole (minority stake)
    • IAC/CollegeHumor
  •  Illustrious Retail
    • Moviepass (formerly Redbox)
      • Showpass
      • Gamepass
      • Musicpass
      • Bookpass
      • GamePass
    • GSBB Holdings
    • shopCulture
    • Seeso
  • Illustrious Publishing
    • Conde Nast
    • Meredith Corporation
    • Hearst Communications
    • Future plc
    • Hubert Burda Media
    • Editis
    • Simon and Schuster
    • HarperCollins
    • Lagardere Publishing International (assets outside UK, USA and France)
    • Polarity (JV with The Eclipse Group)
  • Illustrious Sports and Experiences
  • Illustrious Media
    • Illustrious Broadcasting
      • E.W. Scripps Company
      • Tegna
      • Cox Media Group
      • Meredith Broadcasting
      • Hearst Television
      • various stations from Nexstar Media
    • CityMedia
    • Bloomberg
    • Anthem Sports and Entertainment
    • Stats Perform
    • Thomson Reuters
    • The Weather Company
    • Bandlab Technologies
    • AccuWeather
    • Pelmorex Group
    • Stingray Group
    • Pinewood Group
    • Tee Media
    • Matador
      • Toros - Spanish TV channel
    • Ripley Entertainment
    • Guinness World Records
    • Newsfeed Media
  • Illustrious Theaters
    • CJ CGV
    • AMC Theaters
    • Styhon Battersea Theaters
  • Illustrious Capital
  • Vuori (20% stake)
  • OWL Ventures (controlling stake)

Corporate affairs

Illustrious is headquartered at 299 Queen Street West in Toronto. The company has several US offices, including:

  • 1211 Avenue of the Americas
  • 51 West 52nd Street
  • 435 North Michigan Avenue
  • 620 Eighth Avenue
  • 1 CNN Center
  • 3400 West Olive Avenue
  • 1241 East Main Street
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