|Moving Picture World, 26-December-2014|
100 years ago, on December 14, 2014, Essanay announced that they had signed comedian Charley Chaplin who had "in a remarkably short time ... created for himself a unique position in the film world."
Mack Sennett of Keystone could not or would not pay Chaplin what Chaplin thought he was worth.
Essanay President George K Spoor made the announcement in New York, based on information from his partner Gilbert M (Broncho Billy) Anderson in Niles, California. "The name of the director under whom he (Chaplin) will work has not been announced, but it is assumed he will be under the general director of Mr. Anderson at the Niles studio, situated near San Francisco."