Amblin Entertainment

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Amblin Entertainment
Type Private
Industry Film
Television
Founded 1981
Headquarters Universal City, California, United States
Key people Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Products Motion pictures
Services Film production

Amblin Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded by director and producer Steven Spielberg and film producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall in 1981.

Overview

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 1982 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 Amblin is an independent production company, Universal 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 such as 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), Matthew Robbins (*batteries not included), 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, Hereafter), 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 trilogy), Martin Scorsese (the remake of Cape Fear), Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III), J. J. Abrams (Super 8), The Coen Brothers (True Grit), and Simon Wells (An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, Balto).

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. Amblin's most critically acclaimed production is Schindler's List (1993), which was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture. A companion study guide for it, 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 2, Pinky and the Brain, ER, Freakazoid!, Back to the Future, Family Dog, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, Fievel's American Tails, The Land Before Time and Men in Black: The Series . The animated title 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 Studios has also collaborated with Amblin in such films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Arachnophobia, Noises Off, A Far Off Place, War Horse and Lincoln (the latter two of which are DreamWorks productions but released by Disney`s Touchstone Pictures label as part of a 30-picture distribution deal between Disney and DreamWorks).

In 2011 in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox, the Terra Nova television series was released.

Motion pictures

Title Release Date Main Studio 1 Main Studio(s) 2 Other Production Companies Budget Gross Worldwide RT IMDb Runtime
(minutes)
Continental Divide 09-18-1981 Universal Pictures N/A $15,578,237 78% 5.9 103
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 06-11-1982 Universal Pictures $10,500,000 $792,910,554 98% 7.9 115
Gremlins 06-08-1984 Warner Bros. $11,000,000 $153,083,102 79% 7.1 106
Fandango 01-25-1985 Warner Bros. $4,000,000 $91,666 50% 6.2 91
The Goonies 06-07-1985 Warner Bros. $19,000,000 $61,389,680 63% 7.6 114
Back to the Future 07-03-1985 Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions $19,000,000 $381,109,710 97% 8.4 116
Young Sherlock Holmes 12-04-1985 Paramount Pictures $18,000,000 (estimated) $19,739,575 65% 6.6 109
The Color Purple 12-18-1985 Warner Bros. The Guber-Peters Company $15,000,000 $142,000,000 88% 7.6 154
The Money Pit 03-26-1986 Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions $24,000,000 $54,999,651 (worldwide) 47% 5.9 91
An American Tail 11-21-1986 Universal Pictures Sullivan Bluth Studios
U-Drive Productions
unknown $84,542,002 64% 6.7 80
Harry and the Hendersons 06-05-1987 Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions $16,000,000 $49,998,613 (worldwide) 44% 5.6 110
Innerspace 07-01-1987 Warner Bros. The Guber-Peters Company unknown $25,893,810 (domestic) 80% 6.6 120
Empire of the Sun 12-09-1987 Warner Bros. $35,000,000 $66,240,000 81% 7.7 154
*batteries not included 12-18-1987 Universal Pictures $25,000,000 (est.) $65,088,797 64% 6.2 106
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 06-22-1988 Touchstone Pictures Silver Screen Partners
Walt Disney Feature Animation
$70,000,000 $329,803,958 98% 7.6 104
The Land Before Time 11-18-1988 Universal Pictures Lucasfilm
Sullivan Bluth Studios
U-Drive Productions
$12,500,000 $84,460,846 73% 7.1 69
Dad 10-27-1989 Universal Pictures Ubu Productions $19,000,000 $27,503,037 56% 5.9 117
Back to the Future Part II 11-22-1989 Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions $40,000,000 $331,950,002 64% 7.6 108
Always 12-22-1989 Universal Pictures United Artists U-Drive Productions $29,500,000 $43,858,790 61% 6.2 122
Joe Versus the Volcano 03-09-1990 Warner Bros. $45,000,000 $39,404,261 (USA) 56% 5.4 102
Back to the Future Part III 05-25-1990 Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions $40,000,000 $244,527,583 71% 7.2 118
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 06-15-1990 Warner Bros. $50,000,000 $41,482,207 (United States) 67% 6.1 106
Arachnophobia 07-18-1990 Hollywood Pictures Tangled Web Productions $31,000,000 $53,208,180 88% 6.2 109
Cape Fear 11-13-1991 Universal Pictures Cappa Films
TriBeCa Productions
$35,000,000 $182,291,969 76% 7.3 127
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 11-22-1991 Universal Pictures unknown $65,435,625 40% 6.1 74
Hook 12-11-1991 TriStar Pictures $70,000,000 $300,854,823 29% 6.3 144
Noises Off* 03-20-1992 Touchstone Pictures Nothing On Productions
Touchwood Pacific Partners
$19,000,000 $2,280,148 57% 7.1 103
A Far Off Place* 03-12-1993 Walt Disney Pictures Touchwood Pacific Partners unknown $12,890,752 33% 6.4 107
Jurassic Park 06-11-1993 Universal Pictures $63,000,000 $914,691,118 89% 7.9 127
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 11-24-1993 Universal Pictures unknown $9,315,576 (USA) 27% 5.5 73
A Dangerous Woman* 12-03-1993 Universal Pictures Gramercy Pictures (distributing label)
Island World
Rollercoaster Productions
unknown $1,497,222 (United States) 67% 5.8 93
Schindler's List 12-15-1993 Universal Pictures $22,000,000 $321,000,000 97% 8.9 195
The Flintstones 05-27-1994 Universal Pictures Hanna-Barbera Productions $46,000,000 $341,631,208 22% 4.6 91
The Little Rascals* 08-05-1994 Universal Pictures King World Productions unknown $67,308,282 27% 5.7 82
Little Giants* 10-14-1994 Warner Bros. $20,000,000 $19,306,362 40% 5.8 106
Casper 05-26-1995 Universal Pictures The Harvey Entertainment Company $55,000,000 $287,928,194 43% 5.7 100
The Bridges of Madison County* 06-02-1995 Warner Bros. Malpaso Productions $22,000,000 $182,016,617 90% 7.3 135
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar* 09-08-1995 Universal Pictures unknown $47,774,193 42% 5.8 109
How to Make an American Quilt* 10-06-1995 Universal Pictures unknown $41,600,020 55% 5.9 117
Balto 12-22-1995 Universal Pictures unknown $11,348,324 50% 6.7 78
Twister 05-17-1996 Warner Bros. Universal Pictures Constant c Productions $92,000,000 $494,471,524 59% 6.1 113
The Trigger Effect* 08-30-1996 Universal Pictures Gramercy Pictures (distributing label) $8,000,000 $3,594,848 75% 5.6 94
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 05-19-1997 Universal Pictures $73,000,000 $618,638,999 52% 6.1 129
Men in Black 07-02-1997 Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald Productions $90,000,000 $589,390,539 91% 7.1 98
Deep Impact 05-08-1998 Paramount Pictures DreamWorks Zanuck/Brown Company $75,000,000 $349,000,000 46% 6.0 121
Small Soldiers* 07-10-1998 DreamWorks Universal Pictures $40,000,000 $54,682,547 45% 5.9 110
The Mask of Zorro 07-17-1998 TriStar Pictures $96,000,000 $250,288,523 82% 6.7 136
Saving Private Ryan 07-24-1998 DreamWorks Paramount Pictures Mark Gordon Productions
The Mutual Film Company
$70,000,000 $481,840,909 93% 8.5 169
In Dreams*[1] 01-15-1999 DreamWorks $30,000,000 $12,017,369 22% 5.3 98
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas* 04-28-2000 Universal Pictures Hanna-Barbera Productions $83,000,000 $59,468,275 25% 3.3 90
A.I. Artificial Intelligence 06-29-2001 DreamWorks Warner Bros. Stanley Kubrick Productions $100,000,000 $235,926,552 73% 7.0 146
Jurassic Park III 07-18-2001 Universal Studios $93,000,000 $368,780,809 50% 5.8 94
Minority Report 06-21-2002 20th Century Fox DreamWorks Blue Tulip Productions
Cruise/Wagner Productions
$102,000,000 $358,372,926 92% 7.7 145
Men in Black II 07-04-2002 Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald Productions $140,000,000 $441,818,803 39% 5.7 88
Catch Me If You Can 12-25-2002 DreamWorks Kemp Company
Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Splendid Pictures
$52,000,000 $352,114,312 96% 7.8 141
The Terminal 06-18-2004 Parkes/MacDonald Productions $60,000,000 $219,417,255 60% 7.2 128
War of the Worlds 06-29-2005 DreamWorks Paramount Pictures Cruise/Wagner Productions $132,000,000 $591,745,550 74% 6.5 112
The Legend of Zorro 10-28-2005 Columbia Pictures Spyglass Entertainment
Tornado Productions
$75,000,000 $142,400,065 26% 5.8 129
Memoirs of a Geisha 12-09-2005 Columbia Pictures DreamWorks Red Wagon Productions
Spyglass Entertainment
$85,000,000 $162,242,962 35% 7.1 145
Munich 12-23-2005 Universal Pictures DreamWorks Pictures Alliance Atlantis
Barry Mendel Productions
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Peninsula Films
$77,000,000 $130,358,911 78% 7.7 163
Monster House 07-21-2006 Columbia Pictures ImageMovers
Relativity Media
$75,000,000 $140,175,006 74% 6.7 91
Flags of Our Fathers 10-20-2006 Warner Bros. DreamWorks Malpaso Productions $55,000,000 $65,900,249 73% 7.1 132
Letters from Iwo Jima 12-20-2006 Warner Bros. DreamWorks Malpaso Productions $19,000,000 $68,673,228 91% 8.0 141
Hereafter 10-15-2010 Warner Bros. Malpaso Productions
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
$50,000,000 $105,197,635 46% 6.6 129
True Grit 12-22-2010 Paramount Pictures $38,000,000 $251,123,791 96% 7.8 111
Super 8 06-10-2011 Paramount Pictures Bad Robot Productions $50,000,000 $259,422,500 82% 7.3 112
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn 12-21-2011 Paramount Pictures Columbia Pictures The Kennedy/Marshall Company
WingNut Films
Nickelodeon Movies
$135,000,000 $373,993,951 75% 7.7 107
War Horse 12-25-2011 DreamWorks Pictures Touchstone Pictures The Kennedy/Marshall Company $66,000,000 $177,059,441 76% 7.3 146
Men in Black 3 05-25-2012 Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald ImageNation
Media Magik Entertainment
$215,000,000 $615,685,795 69% 7.0 106
Lincoln Limited:
11-9-2012
Wide:
11-16-2012
DreamWorks SKG Touchstone Pictures
20th Century Fox
Participant Media
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
$65,000,000 $263,651,736 89% 8.4 150
  • Asterisked films indicate that Steven Spielberg is uncredited or uninvolved.

Short films

Direct to Video

Television films

Television shows

Live-action

With DreamWorks Television

With Universal Television

With Warner Bros. Television

  • ER (1994–2009) production with Constant C Productions

With Paramount Television and Lucasfilm

With 20th Century Fox Television

With Showtime Television

With CBS

Animated

With Universal Animation Studios

With Warner Bros. Animation

With Universal, WB and Nelvana

With Columbia Tristar Television

Theme park attractions

While Amblin has never had its own theme park, theme parks have made rides based on Amblin films and co-productions.

References

  1. ^ Copyright Application for In Dreams (January 27, 1999). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved November 8, 2012.

External links