We are excited to be celebrating the Pacific Title Family’s 100th anniversary this year! Learn more about our story, how Pacific Title came to be and the family that proudly carries on its legacy.
Pacific Title was founded in 1919 by Leon Schlesinger, who was joined by Larry Glickman in its early years. The company first began as a main and end title curator for movies as well as creating subtitles for silent films. The titles were created by putting all the information on one card, sometimes a piece of hard finished wood.
After nine years of business, Pacific Title created its first well-known title in 1928. The movie was called “The Barker,” and garnered Oscar attention as well as helped Betty Compson snag a Best Actress nomination.
Larry Glickman’s passion for Pacific Title was undeniable. In 1935, he purchased Pacific Title from Leon Schlesinger. After the change in ownership, the company went on to create motion picture titles and opticals for all the major film studios.
During these early years, titles were hand-painted on large pieces of glass. Then, as technology progressed, titles were hot pressed onto animation cells using lead typefaces. Eventually, titles were generated on high-end computers as they are today.
As technology improved, Pacific Title grew. Larry’s son-in-law, Gordon Hubbard, and son, Jerry Glickman, started working at Pacific Title in 1948. The three worked closely together and it was obvious that family was a core value at Pacific Title, as it still is today.
As time went on, Gordon Hubbard and Jerry Glickman took over the day-to-day tasks of the company when Larry passed away in 1962. Eventually, Gordon took over and ran the day-to-day operations until he retired. When he retired, his wife, Shirley Hubbard, took over.
Pacific Title started Pacific Title Archives in 1978. Pacific Title Archives became a division of Pacific Title and Art Studio. Pacific Title continued to create main titles, opticals and end titles, and Pacific Title Archives managed a storage facility for films, tapes, business records and film libraries in temperature and humidity-controlled warehouses, as it does today.
In 1986, Pacific Title started Pacific Title Digital. The division was housed in the Historic Carnation Building on the corner of Wilshire and Highland in Los Angeles.
Pacific Title Digital created digital visual effects for major motion pictures until the sale of the company in 1997.
Peter Hubbard took over the family business after his mother, Shirley Hubbard, passed away in 1989. His sister, Jennifer Hubbard, and brother-in-law, Ken Smith, were also very active in the business, as they still are to this day.
The family sold Pacific Title to an east coast technology company, Safeguard Scientific, in 1997. The ownership of Pacific Title Archives remains in the family.
Today, Pacific Title Archives is still owned and run by the third generation of the Hubbard family! Peter Hubbard is the CEO, Jennifer Hubbard is the Director of Social Media and Ken Smith is the Director of Client services. The entire Pacific Title family thanks everyone for all their support over the last 100 years!