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Amblin Entertainment
Type Production company
Founded 1981
Headquarters Universal City, California, U.S.
Key people Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Industry Film, Television

Amblin Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded by director, Steven Spielberg, and film producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall in 1981. Amblin is only a production company, and has never distributed its own movies, nor has it fully financed its productions, needing the help of the studios that distributed it. Its logo features the silhouette of E.T. riding in the basket on Elliott's bicycle flying in front of the moon from the movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Amblin is named after Spielberg's first commercially-released film, Amblin' (1968), a short independent film about a man and woman hitchhiking through the desert. The film, which cost $15,000 to produce, was shown for Universal Studios and won Spielberg more directing roles. Although Spielberg owns shares in both Amblin and DreamWorks, it's Universal that distributes many Amblin productions and Amblin operates out of a building on the Universal lot.

In addition to various Spielberg films, Amblin has produced movies by other directors including Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace), Robert Zemeckis (the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Brian Levant (the Flintstones duology), Penelope Spheeris (the 1994 film remake of The Little Rascals), Brad Silberling (Casper), Don Bluth (An American Tail, The Land Before Time), Clint Eastwood (The Bridges of Madison County, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima), Gil Kenan (Monster House), Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro, The Legend of Zorro), Richard Donner (The Goonies), Jan De Bont (Twister), Barry Sonnenfeld (the Men in Black duology), Martin Scorsese (Cape Fear) and Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III). The majority of these directors are close friends of Spielberg , who has an executive producer or producer credit on many but not all of Amblin's non-Spielberg films (his name does not appear on the credits of Small Soldiers, The Little Rascals, Cape Fear, or the two Flintstones films - the "Steven Spielrock Presents" credit on the latter notwithstanding).

Amblin's most critically acclaimed production is Schindler's List (1993). The film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture. (However, the Amblin logo does not appear on the film itself.) A companion study guide, Facing History, was prepared through a grant from Amblin and Universal. Amblin's television series credits include Amazing Stories, Tiny Toon Adventures, seaQuest DSV, Animaniacs, Earth, Pinky and the Brain, ER, Freakazoid, Back to the Future, Family Dog, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, Fievel's American Tails and The Land Before Time. Fievel's American Tails and others were produced by Amblin's animation division Amblimation, which was active from 1991 until 1995. Another studio which has distributed many Amblin productions is Warner Bros. Entertainment. DreamWorks (which was co-founded by Spielberg) has distributed a number of Amblin productions since 1994. The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group also has collaborated with Amblin in such films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Arachnophobia, Noises Off and A Far Off Place.


Motion pictures

Title Release Date Main Studio 1 Main Studio 2 Other Production Companies
Continental Divide 09-18-1981 Universal Studios
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 06-11-1982 Universal Studios
Gremlins 06-08-1984 Warner Bros.
Fandango* 01-25-1985 Warner Bros.
The Goonies 06-07-1985 Warner Bros.
Back to the Future 07-03-1985 Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
Young Sherlock Holmes 12-04-1985 Paramount Pictures
The Color Purple 12-18-1985 Warner Bros. The Guber-Peters Company
The Money Pit 03-26-1986 Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
An American Tail 11-21-1986 Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
Harry and the Hendersons* 06-05-1987 Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
Innerspace 07-01-1987 Warner Bros.
*batteries not included 12-18-1987 Universal Studios
Empire of the Sun 12-25-1987 Warner Bros.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 06-22-1988 Touchstone Pictures Silver Screen Partners
The Land Before Time 11-18-1988 Universal Studios Lucasfilm
Sullivan Bluth Studios
U-Drive Productions
Dad 10-27-1989 Universal Studios Ubu Productions
Back to the Future Part II 11-22-1989 Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
Always 12-22-1989 Universal Studios United Artists U-Drive Productions
Joe Versus the Volcano 03-09-1990 Warner Bros.
Back to the Future Part III 05-25-1990 Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 06-15-1990 Warner Bros.
Arachnophobia 07-18-1990 Hollywood Pictures Tangled Web Productions
A Brief History of Time* 10-16-1991 Triton Pictures Anglia Television
Channel Four Films
Tokyo Broadcasting System
Cape Fear* 11-13-1991 Universal Studios Cappa Films
TriBeCa Productions
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 11-22-1991 Universal Studios
Hook 12-11-1991 TriStar Pictures
Noises Off...* 03-20-1992 Touchstone Pictures Nothing On Productions
Touchwood Pacific Partners
A Far Off Place* 03-12-1993 Walt Disney Pictures Touchwood Pacific Partners
Jurassic Park 06-11-1993 Universal Studios
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 11-24-1993 Universal Studios
A Dangerous Woman* 12-03-1993 Universal Pictures Gramercy Pictures (distributing label)
Island World
Rollercoaster Productions
Schindler's List 12-15-1993 Universal Studios
The Flintstones* 05-27-1994 Universal Studios Hanna-Barbera Productions
The Little Rascals* 08-05-1994 Universal Studios King World Productions
Little Giants* 10-14-1994 Warner Bros.
Casper 05-26-1995 Universal Studios The Harvey Entertainment Company
The Bridges of Madison County 06-02-1995 Warner Bros. Malpaso Productions
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar* 09-08-1995 Universal Studios
How to Make an American Quilt* 10-06-1995 Universal Studios
Balto 12-22-1995 Universal Studios
Twister 05-17-1996 Warner Bros. Pictures Universal Pictures Constant c Productions
The Trigger Effect* 08-30-1996 Universal Studios Gramercy Pictures (distributing label)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 05-19-1997 Universal Studios
Men in Black 07-02-1997 Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Small Soldiers* 07-10-1998 DreamWorks Universal Studios
The Mask of Zorro 07-17-1998 TriStar Pictures David Foster Productions
Global Entertainment Productions
Zorro Productions
Saving Private Ryan 07-24-1998 DreamWorks Paramount Pictures Mark Gordon Productions
The Mutual Film Company
In Dreams 01-15-1999 DreamWorks
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas* 04-28-2000 Universal Pictures Hanna-Barbera Productions
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence 06-29-2001 DreamWorks Pictures Warner Bros. Stanley Kubrick Productions
Jurassic Park III 07-18-2001 Universal Studios
Minority Report 06-21-2002 DreamWorks Pictures 20th Century Fox Blue Tulip Productions
Cruise/Wagner Productions
Men in Black II 07-04-2002 Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Catch Me If You Can 12-25-2002 DreamWorks Kemp Company
Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Splendid Pictures
The Terminal 06-18-2004 DreamWorks Parkes/MacDonald Productions
War of the Worlds 06-29-2005 DreamWorks Paramount Pictures Cruise/Wagner Productions
The Legend of Zorro 10-28-2005 Columbia Pictures Spyglass Entertainment
Tornado Productions
Memoirs of a Geisha 12-09-2005 Columbia Pictures DreamWorks Red Wagon Productions
Spyglass Entertainment
Munich 12-23-2005 Universal Pictures DreamWorks Alliance Atlantis
Barry Mendel Productions
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Peninsula Films
Monster House 07-21-2006 Columbia Pictures ImageMovers
Relativity Media
Flags of Our Fathers 10-20-2006 DreamWorks Warner Bros. Malpaso Productions
Letters from Iwo Jima 01-27-2007 Warner Bros. DreamWorks Malpaso Productions

Upcoming films

Title Release Date Main Studio 1 Main Stuido 2 Other Production Companies
The Trial of the Chicago 7 XX-XX-2010 DreamWorks Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Lincoln XX-XX-2010 DreamWorks The Kennedy/Marshall Company
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn 12-23-2011 Paramount Pictures Columbia Pictures Hergé Studios
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
WingNut Films
Interstellar XX-XX-2011 Paramount Pictures Lynda Obst Productions
Roger Rabbit 2 XX-XX-2012 Buena Vista Pictures (Walt Disney Pictures) Touchstone Pictures (distributing label)

Asterisked films indicate Spielberg is uncredited.

Television shows



With DreamWorks Television

With Universal Television

With Warner Bros. Television

  • ER (1994-2009 in a volume 1) production with John Wells Productions


With Universal Animation Studios

With Warner Bros. Television Animation

With Universal, WB and Nelvana

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