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Mary quickly became Zukor's most effective box-office attraction, and her starting salary of 520,000 a year was raised to $1,000 a week. With Tess of the Storm Country in 1914, Mary Pickford became a household word. Her meteoric fame and salary caused trade practices of the industry to be revamped. Famous Players had been releasing through Paramount. Theater owners contracted for the entire Paramount program, which in- Artists in Business: 1919 [15 Mary Pickford eluded the Pickford pictures, in a block-booking arrangement.

In addition to Edison and Biograph, the others were Essanay, Kalem, Kleine Optical Company (a film importer), Lubin, Selig Polyscope Company, Vitagraph, and two French companies that had branches in America, Gaston Melies and Pathe Freres. The Trust issued licenses to produce pictures only to its members. Eastman Kodak colluded with the Patents Company in an attempt to drive all other producers out of the field by granting it the exclusive right to purchase film stock. On the distribution level, members agreed to lease pictures only to those exchanges that dealt in licensed film entirely and at stipulated prices.

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