Hammer Films is a British film production company based in London. Founded in 1934 by William Hinds and James Carreras, it is best known for a series of Gothic "Hammer Horror" films made from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. Hammer also produced sci-fi, film noir, thrillers, and comedies and, in later years television series. During it's most succesful years, Hammer dominated the horror film market, enjoying worldwide distribution and considerable financial success. This success was due, in part, to distribution partnerships with major American studios such as Warner Bros.