Gaumont Film Company is a French mini-major film studio founded by the engineer-turned-inventor Léon Gaumont (1864–1946). It is the first and oldest continuously operating film company in the world, founded before other studios such as Pathé, founded in 1896, as well as Nordisk Film, founded in 1906, and Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures, which were both founded in 1912. Gaumont predominantly produces, co-produces, and distributes films. (95% of Gaumont's 2011 consolidated revenues came from the film division.) However, the company is increasingly becoming a TV series producer with its new American subsidiary Gaumont International Television as well as its existing French production features. It's the world's seventh largest mini-major film studio.