What does it exactly mean that a company "presents" a movie?

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What does it exactly mean that a company "presents" a movie? For example, for the movie, Inception (2010), while I suspect the production companies are two, Legendary Pictures and Syncopy - as per other sources such as wikipedia, I see that Warner Bro, which I thought would be the "Distributor" company, is listed at the top of the "Production companies" with the working "presents" on the IMDb Company Credits page. Even in the Submission Guide, it is stated that distribution companies should not be listed with production companies. I found this most confusing. Ultimately, a) what does it mean when a company on the production company list has the label, "presents", and b) "in association with"? Any thoughts on this would be super helpful...Thank you very much in advance.
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Hi Rosa,

Unfortunately there is no hard-and-fast rule as to what 'presents' means, but usually it refers to the studio or the distribution company of a film, not the production company (or course the studio/distributor in many cases may also be one of the production companies).

In Inception's case, we checked the credits - the opening credits show:

The Warner Bros. logo

The Legendary Pictures Logo

The Syncopy Logo

Then the film begins (there are no other credits, and there’s no ‘presents’ or any other attribute).

The end credits show this (each on an individual title card):

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation

In association with Legendary Pictures

A Syncopy Production

So it looks like our credits are correct: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/companycredits - with Warner Bros. listed in production companies and distributors.

Hope that helps.

Kind regards,
Tom
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