David Ellison

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David Ellison
Born (1983-01-09) January 9, 1983 (age 35)
Santa Clara County, California, U.S.
OccupationFounder and CEO, Skydance Media, film producer
Years active2006–present
Sandra Lynn Modic (m. 2011)
Parent(s)Larry Ellison
Barbara Boothe
FamilyMegan 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 father is of Italian and Jewish heritage.[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 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 Executive producer
2019 Untitled Terminator film Tim Miller Producer
2020 Top Gun: Maverick Joseph Kosinski Producer
TBA Star Blazers[12] Christopher McQuarrie Executive producer
Untitled Star Trek film S. J. Clarkson Executive producer


  1. ^ a b Matthew Symonds, Larry Ellison. Software: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle Simon and Schuster, 2004. pp332-333
  2. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/22/business/la-fi-0222-ct-ellison-20110222
  3. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-david-ellison-son-larry-162549?page=2
  4. ^ Claudia Eller (August 16, 2010). "David Ellison raises $350 million to co-fund movies with Paramount". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
  5. ^ Terminator Genisys
  6. ^ SD Comic-Con '10: Dark Horse Spins New Jekyll and 'Hyde' Tale
  7. ^ Lowry, Tom. "Paramount-Skydance deal: Dealmakers Impact Report 2010", Variety.com, 9 December 2010.
  8. ^ Dorothy Pomerantz, Michael K. Ozanian and David M. Ewalt. "Forbes 30 Under 30", "Forbes.com", December 19, 2011.
  9. ^ Bort, Julie (December 4, 2014). "Larry Ellison's Son Launches A Clothing Line Inspired By His Dad's Hawaiian Island". Business Insider. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  10. ^ EAA News; accessed October 26, 2015.
  11. ^ http://www.tmz.com/2011/10/06/tom-cruise-wedding-dance-battle-video-caught-on-tape-david-ellison-larry-ellison-ceo-oracle-mission-impossible-ghost-protocol/
  12. ^ Chris McQuarrie To Direct ‘Star Blazers’ From ’70s Sci-Fi Anime Series For Skydance

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