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Amblin Entertainment
Industry Film
Founded 1981; 36 years ago (1981)
Founders Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Headquarters Universal City, California, U.S.
Key people
Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Products Motion pictures
Services Film production
Owner The Amblin Group (41%)
Participant Media (37%)
Reliance Entertainment (20%)
Entertainment One (2%)
Alibaba Pictures (minority owner)
NBCUniversal (minority owner)
Parent Amblin Partners
Divisions Amblin Television

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. The company's headquarters are located on the backlot of Universal Studios in Universal City, California.


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.

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.

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), Barry Levinson (Young Sherlock Holmes), 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).

Most of these directors are close friends of Spielberg, who has an executive producer or producer credit on many but not all of the films that Amblin's produced and were not directed by Spielberg. Amblin's most critically acclaimed production is Schindler's List (1993), which was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, winning 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, Lincoln, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Bridge of Spies, and The BFG.

Motion pictures

Title Release Date U.S Distributor International Distributor Other Production Companies
Continental Divide September 18, 1981 (1981-09-18) Universal Pictures
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial June 11, 1982 (1982-06-11)
Gremlins June 8, 1984 (1984-06-08) Warner Bros.
Fandango* January 25, 1985 (1985-01-25)
The Goonies June 7, 1985 (1985-06-07)
Back to the Future July 3, 1985 (1985-07-03) Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions
Young Sherlock Holmes December 4, 1985 (1985-12-04) Paramount Pictures
The Color Purple December 18, 1985 (1985-12-18) Warner Bros. The Guber-Peters Company
The Money Pit March 26, 1986 (1986-03-26) Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions
An American Tail November 21, 1986 (1986-11-21) Sullivan Bluth Studios
U-Drive Productions
Harry and the Hendersons* June 5, 1987 (1987-06-05) U-Drive Productions
Innerspace July 1, 1987 (1987-07-01) Warner Bros. The Guber-Peters Company
Empire of the Sun December 9, 1987 (1987-12-09)
*batteries not included December 18, 1987 (1987-12-18) Universal Pictures
Who Framed Roger Rabbit June 22, 1988 (1988-06-22) Touchstone Pictures Silver Screen Partners
The Land Before Time November 18, 1988 (1988-11-18) Universal Pictures Lucasfilm
Sullivan Bluth Studios
U-Drive Productions
Dad October 27, 1989 (1989-10-27) Ubu Productions
Back to the Future Part II November 22, 1989 (1989-11-22) U-Drive Productions
Always December 22, 1989 (1989-12-22) United Artists
Joe Versus the Volcano March 9, 1990 (1990-03-09) Warner Bros.
Back to the Future Part III May 25, 1990 (1990-05-25) Universal Pictures U-Drive Productions
Gremlins 2: The New Batch June 15, 1990 (1990-06-15) Warner Bros.
Arachnophobia July 18, 1990 (1990-07-18) Hollywood Pictures Tangled Web Productions
Cape Fear* November 13, 1991 (1991-11-13) Universal Pictures Cappa Films
TriBeCa Productions
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West November 22, 1991 (1991-11-22) credited under Amblimation
Hook December 11, 1991 (1991-12-11) TriStar Pictures
Noises Off* March 20, 1992 (1992-03-20) Touchstone Pictures Nothing On Productions
Touchwood Pacific Partners
A Far Off Place* March 12, 1993 (1993-03-12) Walt Disney Pictures Touchwood Pacific Partners
Jurassic Park June 11, 1993 (1993-06-11) Universal Pictures
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story November 24, 1993 (1993-11-24) credited under Amblimation
A Dangerous Woman* December 3, 1993 (1993-12-03) Gramercy Pictures (distributing label)
Island World
Rollercoaster Productions
Schindler's List December 15, 1993 (1993-12-15)
The Flintstones May 27, 1994 (1994-05-27) Hanna-Barbera Productions
The Little Rascals* August 5, 1994 (1994-08-05) King World Productions
Little Giants* October 14, 1994 (1994-10-14) Warner Bros.
Casper May 26, 1995 (1995-05-26) Universal Pictures The Harvey Entertainment Company
The Bridges of Madison County* June 2, 1995 (1995-06-02) Warner Bros. Malpaso Productions
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar* September 8, 1995 (1995-09-08) Universal Pictures
How to Make an American Quilt* October 6, 1995 (1995-10-06)
Balto December 22, 1995 (1995-12-22) credited under Amblimation
Twister May 17, 1996 (1996-05-17) Warner Bros. Universal Pictures Constant c Productions
The Trigger Effect* August 30, 1996 (1996-08-30) Universal Pictures Gramercy Pictures (distributing label)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park May 19, 1997 (1997-05-19)
Men in Black July 2, 1997 (1997-07-02) Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Small Soldiers* July 10, 1998 (1998-07-10) DreamWorks Universal Pictures
The Mask of Zorro July 17, 1998 (1998-07-17) TriStar Pictures
Saving Private Ryan July 24, 1998 (1998-07-24) DreamWorks Paramount Pictures Mark Gordon Productions
The Mutual Film Company
In Dreams*[1] January 15, 1999 (1999-01-15)
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas* April 28, 2000 (2000-04-28) Universal Pictures Hanna-Barbera Productions
A.I. Artificial Intelligence June 29, 2001 (2001-06-29) DreamWorks Warner Bros. Stanley Kubrick Productions
Jurassic Park III July 18, 2001 (2001-07-18) Universal Studios
Minority Report June 21, 2002 (2002-06-21) 20th Century Fox DreamWorks Blue Tulip Productions
Cruise/Wagner Productions
Men in Black II July 4, 2002 (2002-07-04) Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Catch Me If You Can December 25, 2002 (2002-12-25) DreamWorks Kemp Company
Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Splendid Pictures
The Terminal June 18, 2004 (2004-06-18) Parkes/MacDonald Productions
War of the Worlds June 29, 2005 (2005-06-29) Paramount Pictures Cruise/Wagner Productions
The Legend of Zorro October 28, 2005 (2005-10-28) Columbia Pictures Spyglass Entertainment
Tornado Productions
Memoirs of a Geisha December 9, 2005 (2005-12-09) DreamWorks Red Wagon Productions
Spyglass Entertainment
Munich December 23, 2005 (2005-12-23) Universal Pictures Alliance Atlantis
Barry Mendel Productions
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Peninsula Films
Monster House July 21, 2006 (2006-07-21) Columbia Pictures ImageMovers
Relativity Media
Flags of Our Fathers October 20, 2006 (2006-10-20) Warner Bros. DreamWorks Malpaso Productions
Letters from Iwo Jima December 20, 2006 (2006-12-20)
Hereafter October 22, 2010 (2010-10-22) Malpaso Productions
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Super 8 June 10, 2011 (2011-06-10) Paramount Pictures Bad Robot Productions
The Adventures of Tintin December 21, 2011 (2011-12-21) Columbia Pictures The Kennedy/Marshall Company
WingNut Films
Nickelodeon Movies
War Horse December 25, 2011 (2011-12-25) Touchstone Pictures DreamWorks Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Men in Black 3 May 25, 2012 (2012-05-25) Columbia Pictures Parkes/MacDonald ImageNation
Media Magik Entertainment
Hemisphere Media Capital
Lincoln Limited:
November 9, 2012 (2012-11-09)
November 16, 2012 (2012-11-16)
Touchstone Pictures 20th Century Fox DreamWorks Pictures
Participant Media
Reliance Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
The Hundred-Foot Journey August 8, 2014 (2014-08-08) Touchstone Pictures DreamWorks Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
Participant Media
Image Nation
Harpo Films
Jurassic World June 12, 2015 (2015-06-12) Universal Pictures Legendary Pictures
Bridge of Spies October 15, 2015 (2015-10-15) Touchstone Pictures 20th Century Fox DreamWorks Pictures
Participant Media
Reliance Entertainment
Marc Platt Productions
TSG Entertainment
Afterworks Limited
Studio Babelsberg
The BFG July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) Walt Disney Pictures Walt Disney Pictures
Walden Media
Reliance Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
A Dog's Purpose* January 27, 2017 (2017-01-27) Universal Pictures Reliance Entertainment
Walden Media
Pariah Entertainment Group
The Papers December 22, 2017 (2017-12-22) 20th Century Fox Pascal Pictures
Star Thrower Entertainment
Ready Player One March 30, 2018 (2018-03-30) Warner Bros. Reliance Entertainment
Village Roadshow Pictures
De Line Pictures
Farah Films & Management[2]
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom June 22, 2018 (2018-06-22) Universal Pictures The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Legendary Entertainment
  • Asterisked films indicate that Steven Spielberg is uncredited or uninvolved.

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.


  1. ^ Copyright Application for In Dreams (January 27, 1999). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Anita Busch. "Steven Spielberg To Direct 'Ready Player One'; Book Is Sci-Fi Cult Favorite - Deadline". Deadline. 

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