David Ellison

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David Ellison
Born (1983-01-09) January 9, 1983 (age 35)
Santa Clara County, California, U.S.
Occupation Founder and CEO, Skydance Media, film producer
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Sandra Lynn Modic (m. 2011)
Parent(s) Larry Ellison
Barbara Boothe
Family Megan Ellison (sister)

David Ellison (born January 9, 1983) is an American film producer and the founder and CEO of Skydance Media.

Early life and education[edit]

David Ellison was born in Santa Clara County, California. He is the son of billionaire Oracle Corporation CTO Larry Ellison, and his ex-wife, Barbara Boothe Ellison. His paternal grandmother was of Jewish descent and his paternal grandfather was of Italian descent.[1] He has one sister, film producer Megan Ellison.[1] He dropped out of the University of Southern California in 2005.[2][3]


Ellison is the CEO and founder of Skydance Media. In 2010, Skydance raised $350 million with IJNR TRUST to co-finance and co-produce movies with Paramount.[4] He produced the reboot film Terminator Genisys (2015).[5] He will produce,[when?] with his Skydance Productions, a film adaptation of the Dark Horse comic The Strange Case of Hyde.[6]

Ellison was named to Variety's Dealmaker list for 2010[7] and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2011.[8] As an actor, Ellison has performed in the films Flyboys, Little Fish, Strange Pond and Hole in One.

In 2014, Ellison launched a new line of men's clothing, called the "LANAI Collection."[9]

Personal life[edit]

Ellison is an aerobatic, commercial, fixed-wing, multi-engine and helicopter licensed pilot with instrument ratings. In 2003, aged 20, he was selected to perform as part of Sean D. Tucker's "Stars of Tomorrow" aerobatic team at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.[10]

He married Sandra Lynn Modic, an actress and singer, on October 1, 2011 in Palm Springs, California.[11]


Year Title Director Notes
2010 True Grit Joel and Ethan Coen Executive producer
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Brad Bird Executive producer
2012 The Guilt Trip Anne Fletcher Executive producer
Jack Reacher Christopher McQuarrie Executive producer
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Jon M. Chu Executive producer
Star Trek Into Darkness J. J. Abrams Executive producer
World War Z Marc Forster Executive producer
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Kenneth Branagh Executive producer
2015 Terminator Genisys Alan Taylor Producer
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Christopher McQuarrie Producer
2016 Star Trek Beyond Justin Lin Executive producer
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Edward Zwick Executive producer
2017 Life Daniel Espinosa Producer
The Hitman's Bodyguard Patrick Hughes Producer
Geostorm Dean Devlin Producer
2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout Christopher McQuarrie Producer
2019 Untitled Terminator film Tim Miller Producer
Top Gun: Maverick Joseph Kosinski Producer
TBA Star Blazers[12] Christopher McQuarrie Executive producer
Untitled Star Trek film S. J. Clarkson Executive producer


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