Amblin Television

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Amblin Television
Division
IndustryTelevision
PredecessorDreamWorks Television
FoundedJuly 31, 1984; 36 years ago (1984-07-31)
FoundersSteven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
Justin Falvey
(Co-President)
Darryl Frank
(Co-President)
ProductsTelevision series
ParentAmblin Partners
DivisionsAmblin Entertainment

Amblin Television is the television production division of Amblin Partners. It was established in 1984 by Amblin Entertainment as a small-screen production arm for Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories anthology series for NBC.[1] The company has produced television series including Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, SeaQuest DSV, ER, Falling Skies, and The Americans.

In 2012, DreamWorks Television, producer of such series as Spin City, Taken, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, United States of Tara, Smash, and the HBO film All the Way, was merged into Amblin Television.[2] Since then, the combined company has produced television shows including The Borgias, Under the Dome, The Haunting and Roswell, New Mexico.

History[edit]

In the 1980s and 1990s, Amblin Television produced television series, specials, made-for-TV and cable films, and animated children's programming such as Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs, along with television series adaptations based around Amblin's popular feature films such as Back to the Future, An American Tail, Casper, and Men in Black.[3] In the 1990s, they also ventured into live-action series production with Harry and the Hendersons, seaQuest DSV and Earth 2. The long-running cornerstone television series ER, produced by Amblin Television and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, first aired in 1994 and ran for 15 seasons until 2009.[4] The company also entered the streaming television market with specials and series including the documentary Five Came Back and The Haunting, both for Netflix.

Merger with DreamWorks Television[edit]

In 2012, DreamWorks Television was merged into Amblin Television, the former having been founded by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks SKG partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in 1996.[5] Soon after the DreamWorks merger, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey were named co-presidents of Amblin Television.[6] Under their leadership, the company would develop and produce several series including The Americans, The Haunting, and Smash.

Current television series[edit]

Title Years Network Notes
The Haunting 2018–present Netflix co-production with FlanaganFilm / Intrepid Pictures and Paramount Television Studios
Roswell, New Mexico 2019–present The CW co-production with CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television
Amazing Stories 2020–present Apple TV+ co-production with ABC Studios, Kitsis/Horowitz and Universal Television
Brave New World Peacock co-production with Universal Content Productions

Future television series[edit]

Title Years Network Notes
Animaniacs 2020 Hulu co-production with Warner Bros. Animation[7]
Halo TBA Showtime co-production with 343 Industries[8]
Resident Alien Syfy co-production with Universal Content Productions and Dark Horse Entertainment[9]
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai HBO Max co-production with Warner Bros. Animation[10]
Masters of the Air Apple TV+ co-production with Playtone[11]
Spielberg's After Dark Quibi

Former television series[edit]

Title Years Network Notes
Amazing Stories 1985–1987 NBC co-production with Universal Television
Tiny Toon Adventures 1990–1992 Fox Kids co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
Harry and the Hendersons 1991–1993 Syndication distributed by MCA TV
Back to the Future: The Animated Series 1991–1992 CBS co-production with Universal Cartoon Studios
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles 1992–1993 ABC co-production with Paramount Television and Lucasfilm
Fievel's American Tails 1992 CBS co-production with Universal Cartoon Studios and Nelvana
The Plucky Duck Show 1992 Fox Kids co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
Family Dog 1993 CBS co-production with Universal Television, Warner Bros Television, Tim Burton Productions and Nelvana
seaQuest DSV 1993–1996 NBC co-production with Universal Television
Animaniacs 1993–1998 Fox Kids/Kids' WB co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
ER 1994–2009 NBC co-production with Warner Bros. Television and Constant C Productions
Earth 2 1994–1995 NBC co-production with Universal Television
Fudge 1995–1996 ABC/CBS co-production with MTE, 1996–1997 as UTE
Freakazoid! 1995–1997 Kids' WB co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
Pinky and the Brain 1995–1998 Kids' WB co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
Casper 1996–1998 Fox Kids co-production with Universal Cartoon Studios and The Harvey Entertainment Company
Men in Black: The Series 1997–2001 Kids' WB co-production with Columbia TriStar Television and Adelaide Productions
Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain 1998–1999 Kids' WB co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
The Land Before Time 2007–2008 Cartoon Network co-production with Universal Animation Studios
On the Lot 2007 Fox co-production with DreamWorks Television and Mark Burnett Productions
Falling Skies 2011–2015 TNT distributed by Warner Bros. Television; previously produced by DreamWorks Television in seasons 1–3
The Borgias 2011–2013 Showtime produced by Showtime Networks, distributed by CBS (Season 2-3)
Terra Nova 2011 Fox co-production with 20th Century Fox Television
The River 2012 ABC co-production with DreamWorks Television, ABC Studios and Blumhouse Productions
The Americans 2013–2018 FX co-production with Nemo Films, Fox 21 Television Studios and FXP; Amblin replaced DreamWorks Television in season 2 following the latter's dissolution
Under the Dome 2013–2015 CBS co-production with CBS Television Studios and Baer Bones
Lucky 7 2013 ABC co-production with ABC Studios
Extant 2014–2015 CBS co-production with CBS Television Studios
Red Band Society 2014–2015 Fox co-production with ABC Studios
The Whispers 2015 ABC co-production with ABC Studios
Public Morals 2015 TNT distributed by Warner Bros. Television; co-production with TNT
Minority Report 2015 Fox co-production with Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox Television
American Gothic 2016 CBS co-production with CBS Television Studios Full Fathom Five and Hyla Regilla Productions
Bull 2016–2019[12] CBS co-production with CBS Television Studios
Five Came Back 2017 Netflix
Reverie 2018 NBC co-production with Universal Television
All About the Washingtons 2018 Netflix Co-production with ABC Signature Studios
Why We Hate 2019 Discovery co-production with Jigsaw Productions[13]
Tommy 2020 CBS co-production with Atelier Paul Attanasio and CBS Television Studios
Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind 2020 HBO co-production with HBO Films[14]
Laurel Canyon 2020 Epix co-production with Jigsaw Productions, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Warner Music Group and MGM Television

Television specials[edit]

Airdate Title Network Notes
December 18, 1991 A Wish for Wings That Work CBS co-production with Universal Cartoon Studios

Television films[edit]

Airdate Title Network Notes
August 24, 1992 The Water Engine TNT co-production with Brandman Productions, Majestic Films International and Planet Productions
January 26, 1993 Cooperstown TNT co-production with Brandman Productions
April 12, 1993 Class of '61 ABC co-production with Universal Television
August 23, 1993 Arthur Miller's The American Clock TNT co-production with Brandman Productions
September 7, 1993 Percy & Thunder TNT co-production with Brandman Productions
October 15, 1994 Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies The Family Channel co-production with Lucasfilm and Paramount Television[15]
January 15, 1995 Young Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Peacock's Eye The Family Channel co-production with Lucasfilm
October 8, 1995 Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen The Family Channel co-production with Lucasfilm
June 16, 1996 Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father The Family Channel co-production with Lucasfilm
May 21, 2016 All the Way HBO co-production with HBO Films, Moon Shot Entertainment and Tale Told Productions

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennetts, Leslie (July 31, 1984). "Spielberg to Produce Adventure Series for Nbc". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 19, 2013). "Steven Spielberg: Tackling TV on His Own Terms". Variety. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "History of Amblin Entertainment – FundingUniverse". www.fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Bowes, Danny (April 15, 2013). "20 Years of TV: How 'ER' Was the Last Great Drama in Which the Show Itself Was the Star". IndieWire. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (January 20, 1997). "Despite a Sluggish Beginning, Dreamworks Is Viewed as a Potential Hollywood Power". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Amblin TV Chiefs on Spielberg's 'Minority Report' Reboot, 'Extant' Changes and Their Message to Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "'Animaniacs' Reboot Lands Two-Season Straight-to-Series Order at Hulu". Variety.
  8. ^ Tuttle, Will (June 28, 2018). "SHOWTIME, Amblin Television and 343 Industries Bring Halo to Television". Xbox Wire. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Weiss, Josh (May 31, 2018). "Dark Horse's Resident Alien comic crash-lands a pilot order at SYFY". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  10. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 25, 2019). "'Gremlins' Animated Series in the Works at WarnerMedia Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (October 11, 2019). "'Masters of the Air' from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks lands at Apple". CNN. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  12. ^ Porter, Rick (May 9, 2019). "Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV Leaves CBS' 'Bull' Over Harassment Scandal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney's Docuseries 'Why We Hate' Gets Premiere Date From Discovery (Exclusive)". TheWrap. August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  14. ^ "Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind | Documentaries". HBO. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  15. ^ Sandler, Adam (October 14, 1994). "Young Indiana Jones & the Hollywood Follies". Variety. Retrieved December 10, 2019.

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