(written from a Production point of view)
Cinema International Corporation (often abbreviated to CIC) was a film distribution company, founded in 1971. Originally created as a joint venture of Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios, the company was responsible for the distribution of the studios' theatrical releases outside North America.
In 1981, CIC was reorganized into United International Pictures. The home video division became a joint venture of the home video divisions of Paramount and Universal, and went on to release the various Star Trek series on VHS.