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Amblin Entertainment
Founded1981; 40 years ago (1981)
FoundersSteven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Area served
Key people
Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
ProductsMotion pictures
ServicesFilm production
ParentAmblin Partners
DivisionsAmblin Television
Amblin Entertainment logo, appeared in some of the company's film ending credits.

Amblin Entertainment, Inc. is an American film production company founded by director and producer Steven Spielberg, and film producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall in 1981. The company's headquarters are located in Bungalow 477 of the Universal Studios backlot in Universal City, California. The company distributes all of the films from Amblin Partners under the Amblin Entertainment banner.[1]


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.[2] Although Amblin is an independent production company, Universal distributes many Amblin productions, and Amblin operates out of a building on the Universal lot.[3]

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 first produced its film Continental Divide in 1981, with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer.[4] Founding partners Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall of Amblin caught the attention of film producer Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1982, of which they both produced Poltergeist, which was directed by filmmaker Tobe Hooper.[5] The following week, Kathleen Kennedy, another founding partner of Amblin produced the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which ended up being the highest-grossing film of the year.[6] In 1983, one of the founding partners produced Twilight Zone: The Movie.[7] Amblin went on to produce the most successful films, like Gremlins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and the Back to the Future trilogy.[8] In 1991, founding partner Frank Marshall left the company after 10 years.[9] The next year, Kathleen Kennedy left the company.[10]

In 1989, they set up an animated unit Amblimation.[11] It was defunct in 1997 and was transferred to DreamWorks Animation.[12] In 1993, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald joined the company.[13]

Motion pictures

Title Release date U.S. distributor Co-production companies
Continental Divide September 18, 1981 Universal Pictures as Amblin Productions
Poltergeist June 4, 1982 MGM/UA Entertainment Co. as Steven Spielberg Productions
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial June 11, 1982 Universal Pictures as Amblin Productions
Gremlins June 8, 1984 Warner Bros. Pictures
Fandango January 25, 1985
The Goonies June 7, 1985
Back to the Future July 3, 1985 Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions
Young Sherlock Holmes December 4, 1985 Paramount Pictures
The Color Purple December 18, 1985 Warner Bros. The Guber-Peters Company
The Money Pit March 26, 1986 Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions
An American Tail November 21, 1986 Sullivan Bluth Studios
David Krischner Productions
U-Drive Productions
Harry and the Hendersons June 5, 1987 U-Drive Productions
Innerspace July 1, 1987 Warner Bros. The Guber-Peters Company
Empire of the Sun December 9, 1987
Batteries Not Included December 18, 1987 Universal Pictures
Who Framed Roger Rabbit June 22, 1988 Buena Vista Pictures Touchstone Pictures

Silver Screen Partners III

The Land Before Time November 18, 1988 Universal Pictures Lucasfilm
Sullivan Bluth Studios
U-Drive Productions
Dad October 27, 1989 Ubu Productions
Back to the Future Part II November 22, 1989 U-Drive Productions
Always December 22, 1989 United Artists
U-Drive Productions
Joe Versus the Volcano March 9, 1990 Warner Bros.
Back to the Future Part III May 25, 1990 Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions
Gremlins 2: The New Batch June 15, 1990 Warner Bros.
Arachnophobia July 18, 1990 Buena Vista Pictures Hollywood Pictures

Tangled Web Productions

Cape Fear November 13, 1991 Universal Pictures Cappa Films
TriBeCa Productions
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West November 22, 1991 credited under Amblimation
Hook December 11, 1991 TriStar Pictures
Noises Off* March 20, 1992 Buena Vista Pictures Touchstone Pictures

Nothing On Productions
Touchwood Pacific Partners

A Far Off Place* March 12, 1993 Walt Disney Pictures

Touchwood Pacific Partners

Jurassic Park June 11, 1993 Universal Pictures
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story November 24, 1993 credited under Amblimation
A Dangerous Woman* December 3, 1993 Gramercy Pictures (distributing label)
Island World
Rollercoaster Productions
Schindler's List December 15, 1993
The Flintstones May 27, 1994 Hanna-Barbera Productions
The Little Rascals* August 5, 1994 King World Productions
Little Giants* October 14, 1994 Warner Bros.
Casper May 26, 1995 Universal Pictures The Harvey Entertainment Company
The Bridges of Madison County* June 2, 1995 Warner Bros. Malpaso Productions
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar* September 8, 1995 Universal Pictures
How to Make an American Quilt* October 6, 1995
Balto December 22, 1995 credited under Amblimation
Twister May 17, 1996 Warner Bros.
Universal Pictures
Constant c Productions
The Trigger Effect* August 30, 1996 Universal Pictures Gramercy Pictures (distributing label)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park May 19, 1997
Men in Black July 2, 1997 Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Small Soldiers July 10, 1998 DreamWorks Pictures
Universal Pictures
The Mask of Zorro July 17, 1998 TriStar Pictures
Saving Private Ryan July 24, 1998 DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Mark Gordon Productions
The Mutual Film Company
In Dreams*[14] January 15, 1999 DreamWorks Pictures
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas* April 28, 2000 Universal Pictures Hanna-Barbera Productions
A.I. Artificial Intelligence June 29, 2001 Warner Bros. Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Stanley Kubrick Productions
Jurassic Park III July 18, 2001 Universal Pictures
Minority Report June 21, 2002 20th Century Fox
DreamWorks Pictures
Blue Tulip Productions
Cruise/Wagner Productions
Men in Black II July 4, 2002 Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Catch Me If You Can December 25, 2002 DreamWorks Pictures Kemp Company
Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Splendid Pictures
The Terminal June 18, 2004 Parkes/MacDonald Productions
War of the Worlds June 29, 2005 Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Cruise/Wagner Productions
The Legend of Zorro October 28, 2005 Columbia Pictures Spyglass Entertainment
Tornado Productions
Memoirs of a Geisha December 9, 2005 Red Wagon Productions
Spyglass Entertainment
Munich December 23, 2005 Universal Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Alliance Atlantis
Barry Mendel Productions
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Peninsula Films
Monster House July 21, 2006 Columbia Pictures ImageMovers
Relativity Media
Flags of Our Fathers October 20, 2006 Warner Bros. Pictures Malpaso Productions
Letters from Iwo Jima December 20, 2006
Hereafter (credit only) October 22, 2010 Malpaso Productions
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Super 8 June 10, 2011 Paramount Pictures Bad Robot Productions
The Adventures of Tintin December 21, 2011 Paramount Pictures
Columbia Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
WingNut Films
Nickelodeon Movies
War Horse December 25, 2011 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures DreamWorks Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Men in Black 3 May 25, 2012 Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald ImageNation
Media Magik Entertainment
Hemisphere Media Capital
Lincoln November 16, 2012 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
20th Century Fox
DreamWorks Pictures
Participant Media
Reliance Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
The Hundred-Foot Journey August 8, 2014 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures DreamWorks Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
Participant Media
Image Nation
Harpo Films
Jurassic World June 12, 2015 Universal Pictures Legendary Pictures
Bridge of Spies October 15, 2015 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
20th Century Fox
DreamWorks Pictures
Participant Media
Reliance Entertainment

Fox 2000 Pictures
Marc Platt Productions
TSG Entertainment
Afterworks Limited
Studio Babelsberg

The BFG July 1, 2016 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Walt Disney Pictures
Walden Media
Reliance Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
A Dog's Purpose* January 27, 2017 Universal Pictures Reliance Entertainment
Walden Media
Pariah Entertainment Group
The Post December 22, 2017 20th Century Fox DreamWorks Pictures
Participant Media
Pascal Pictures
Star Thrower Entertainment
Ready Player One March 29, 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures Village Roadshow Pictures
De Line Pictures
Farah Films & Management[15]
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom June 22, 2018 Universal Pictures The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Legendary Entertainment
The House with a Clock in Its Walls* September 21, 2018 Mythology Entertainment
A Dog's Journey* May 17, 2019 Walden Media
Men in Black: International June 14, 2019 Columbia Pictures Parkes+MacDonald Productions
Image Nation Abu Dhabi
Cats December 20, 2019 Universal Pictures Monumental Pictures
The Really Useful Group
Working Title Films
The Turning January 24, 2020 DreamWorks Pictures
Vertigo Entertainment
Bios April 16, 2021 Dutch Angle
Alibaba Pictures
Misher Films
West Side Story[16] December 10, 2021[17] Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 20th Century Studios
Jurassic World: Dominion June 10, 2022[18][19][20] Universal Pictures
Distant*[21] TBD Automatik

Note: The films marked with "*" are ones that Spielberg had no involvement with.

Short films


Television shows

Theme park attractions

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


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