Amblin Partners

Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC, d/b/a Amblin Partners, is a production company, led by Steven Spielberg, that develops and produces films using the Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media banners and includes Amblin Television. The company's investment partners include Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Entertainment One, Alibaba Pictures and Universal Pictures.[3]

Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC
Amblin Partners
Joint venture
FoundedDecember 16, 2015
Universal City, California
United States
Area served
Key people
  • Steven Spielberg
  • (Chairman and CEO)
  • Jeff Small
  • (President and Co-CEO)
  • Holly Bario
  • (President of Production)
ProductsMotion pictures


Amblin Partners was founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeff Skoll of Participant Media, Anil Ambani of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group and Darren Throop of Entertainment One on December 16, 2015. The company will primarily focus on producing and distributing films and television using the DreamWorks Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Participant Media brands.[4] For films, it will use the DreamWorks label for mature content, Amblin label for family-friendly content, and Participant label for social justice content, although the latter will remain a separate company.[5]

On the same day as the company's formation, Amblin Partners announced that it entered into a five-year distribution deal with Universal Pictures by which the films will be distributed and marketed by either the main Universal label or its specialty label, Focus Features.[6][7] The Girl on the Train was the first film released under the new agreement.[8]

On October 9, 2016, Amblin Partners struck a deal with China's Alibaba Pictures, in which Alibaba acquired a minority equity stake in the company and will handle marketing, distribution support and merchandising of Amblin Partners films in China in addition to co-financing Amblin and DreamWorks films worldwide.[1][9] On February 15, 2017, Universal acquired a minority stake in Amblin Partners,[10] strengthening the relationship between Universal and Amblin,[2] and reuniting a minority percentage of the DreamWorks Pictures label with its former animation division DreamWorks Animation,[11] which was acquired by Universal's parent company NBCUniversal in 2016.[12]

In December 2017, Amblin Partners signed a music publishing deal with BMG Rights Management, covering music from its films and TV series.[13]

On August 22, 2019, Hasbro announced that it will adquire Entertainment One for at least $4 billion,[14]becoming a part of Amblin part of their entertainment brand Allspark



Title Release date Co-production Film distributor
The BFG July 1, 2016 Walt Disney Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Walden Media and Reliance Entertainment Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The Light Between Oceans September 2, 2016 Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media and Heyday Films
The Girl on the Train October 7, 2016 DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment and Marc Platt Productions Universal Pictures
Office Christmas Party December 9, 2016 DreamWorks Pictures, Entertainment 360 and Bluegrass Films Paramount Pictures
A Dog's Purpose January 27, 2017 Amblin Entertainment, Walden Media and Pariah Entertainment Group Universal Pictures
Ghost in the Shell March 31, 2017 DreamWorks Pictures, Grosvenor Park Productions and Seaside Entertainment Paramount Pictures
Thank You for Your Service October 27, 2017 DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One Universal Pictures[15]
The Post December 22, 2017 DreamWorks Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Reliance Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Pascal Pictures and Star Thrower Entertainment 20th Century Fox[15]
7 Days in Entebbe March 16, 2018 Participant Media[15] Focus Features
Ready Player One March 30, 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, De Line Pictures and Farrah Films & Management Warner Bros.[15]
The House with a Clock in Its Walls September 21, 2018 Amblin Entertainment Universal Pictures
First Man October 12, 2018 DreamWorks Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment and Perfect World Pictures
Green Book November 16, 2018 DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media
Welcome to Marwen December 21, 2018 DreamWorks Pictures, ImageMovers and Perfect World Pictures
On the Basis of Sex December 25, 2018 Participant Media and Robert Cort Productions Focus Features
Captive State March 15, 2019 Participant Media[15]
A Dog's Journey May 17, 2019 Amblin Entertainment, Walden Media and Pariah Entertainment Group Universal Pictures


Title Release date Co-production Film distributor
1917 December 25, 2019 DreamWorks Pictures and Neal Street Productions Universal Pictures
The Turning[16] January 24, 2020 DreamWorks Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment
BIOS October 2, 2020 Amblin Entertainment and ImageMovers
West Side Story December 18, 2020 20th Century Fox and Amblin Entertainment Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara[17] TBA DreamWorks Pictures and Amblin Entertainment[18] Universal Pictures
Untitled Blackhawk film[19] Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, DC Entertainment Warner Bros.
Larry[20] The Picture Company


  1. ^ a b Frater, Patrick (October 9, 2016). "Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners Inks Strategic Pact With Alibaba Pictures". Variety. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Perry, Spencer (February 15, 2017). "Universal Studios Buys a Minority Stake in Amblin Partners". Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One Form Amblin Partners, a New Film, Television and Digital Content Creation Company". Participant Media. December 16, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Cieply, Michael (December 16, 2015). "Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios in Deal to Form New Company". The New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Relaunches as Amblin Partners". The Wall Street Journal. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  6. ^ Lang, Brent (December 16, 2015). "Steven Spielberg, Jeff Skoll Bring Amblin Partners to Universal". Variety. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Busch, Anita (December 16, 2015). "It's Official: Spielberg, DreamWorks, Participant, eOne, Others Pact For Amblin Partners". Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  8. ^ Pamela McClintock; Gregg Kilday (December 16, 2015). "Steven Spielberg, Jeff Skoll Team to Form Amblin Partners, Strike Distribution Deal With Universal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  9. ^ Faughnder, Ryan. "Universal buys minority stake in Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  10. ^ Lieberman, David (February 15, 2017). "Universal Buys Minority Stake In Amblin Partners". Deadline. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "Universal Acquires Minority Stake in Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners". TheWrap. February 15, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (August 22, 2016). "Comcast Completes $3.8 Billion Purchase of DreamWorks Animation".
  13. ^ Staff, Variety (December 18, 2017). "Amblin Partners Inks Exclusive Music-Publishing Deal With BMG".
  14. ^ Low, Elaine (August 22, 2019). "Hasbro Adquires Entertainment One in $4 Billion All-Cash Deal". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Film releases". Variety Insight. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  16. ^ Hermanns, Grant (September 27, 2018). "How to Train Your Dragon 3 Release Date Moved Up One Week". Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  17. ^ Masters, Kim (June 16, 2016). "Steven Spielberg on DreamWorks' Past, Amblin's Present and His Own Future". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 11, 2016). "Mark Rylance to Reteam With Steven Spielberg in 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  19. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 17, 2018). "Steven Spielberg Set To Produce His First DC Film 'Blackhawk' With Eye On Directing". Deadline. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  20. ^ Douglas, Edward (February 12, 2018). "Amblin Partners, Picture Co. Turning Jacob Chase Horror Short "Larry" into Feature". The Tracking Board. Retrieved June 26, 2019.

External links

Alibaba Pictures

Alibaba Pictures Group is a Chinese film company under Alibaba Group. The film company was formerly ChinaVision Media, of which Alibaba Group bought a majority stake in late 2014. It subsequently was renamed from ChinaVision to Alibaba Pictures Group. By April 2015, it was the largest Chinese film company by worth, with a market value of US$8.77 billion and by June of the same year it was worth US$9.6 billion.

Amblin Entertainment

Amblin Entertainment 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 on the backlot of Universal Studios in Universal City, California. The company distributes all of the films from Amblin Partners under the Amblin Entertainment name.

Amblin Television

Amblin Television is the television production division of Amblin Partners. It was established in 1985 by Amblin Entertainment as a small-screen production arm for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories anthology for NBC. 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. Since then, the combined company has produced television shows including The Borgias, Under the Dome, The Haunting of Hill House and Roswell, New Mexico.

Darren Throop

Darren Throop is a Canadian businessman who is the Founder, President & CEO of Entertainment One (eOne), a global independent entertainment studio. Through corporate acquisitions and partnerships, Throop has expanded Entertainment One’s global footprint and network which includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.Prior to Entertainment One he was the CEO of ROW Entertainment Income Fund.Throop sits on the IMAX Corporation Board of Directors. He was recently inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, and recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year at the Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards.

DreamWorks Pictures

DreamWorks Pictures (also known as DreamWorks SKG or DreamWorks Studios, commonly referred to as DreamWorks) is an American film production label of Amblin Partners. It was founded in 1994 as a film studio by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen (together, SKG), of which they owned 72%. The studio was formerly distributing its own and third-party films by itself. It has produced or distributed more than ten films with box-office grosses of more than $100 million each.

In December 2005, the founders agreed to sell the studio to Viacom, parent of Paramount Pictures. The sale was completed in February 2006 (this version is now named DW Studios). In 2008, DreamWorks announced its intention to end its partnership with Paramount and signed a $1.5 billion deal to produce films with India's Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, re-creating DreamWorks Pictures into an independent entity. The following year, DreamWorks entered into a distribution agreement with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, wherein Disney would distribute DreamWorks films through Touchstone Pictures; the deal continued until 2016. As of October 2016, DreamWorks' films are marketed and distributed by Universal Pictures. Currently, DreamWorks operates out of offices at Universal Studios.

DreamWorks' former feature animation unit, now known as DreamWorks Animation (which currently owns the DreamWorks trademarks), was spun off in 2004, and as of August 2016 is a subsidiary of NBCUniversal. Spielberg's company continues to use the DreamWorks trademarks under license from DreamWorks Animation.

Entertainment One

Entertainment One (also simply known as eOne, stylized as entertainment One) is a publicly traded Canadian multinational mass media and entertainment company. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the company is primarily involved in the acquisition, distribution, and production of music, films, and television series. The company became a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index in 2013.Founded in 1970 as retail music distributor Records on Wheels, by 2003 the company had begun to expand into home entertainment distribution, and international film and television acquisition and production through the acquisition of Alliance Films, along with other distributors and studios.

Entertainment One Films

Entertainment One Films is one of several divisions of Entertainment One.

Gotham Group

The Gotham Group is an American diversified management and production company in the entertainment industry. Goldsmith-Vein and her company have produced such projects as The Spiderwick Chronicles and the Maze Runner franchise. The company was founded by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein in 1994.

Into the Water

Into the Water (2017) is a thriller novel by British author Paula Hawkins. It is Hawkins' second full-length thriller following the success of The Girl on the Train.

Although the novel performed well, becoming a Sunday Times best seller and featuring on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2017, critical reception was generally not as positive as it had been for her debut thriller. Several critics were confused by the myriad of characters (the story is told from the viewpoint of 11 characters) and the similarity of their voices.

In February 2017, before the book was first published, Variety reported that DreamWorks' parent Amblin Partners purchased the film rights, with La La Land's Marc Platt and Jared LeBoff proposed as producers.

Jeff Small

Jeff Small (born 1973) is an American film studio executive who is the Co-Chief Executive Officer and President of Amblin Partners and DreamWorks Pictures.He is a native of Marietta, Georgia and graduated from Stanford University. He lives in Los Angeles.

Small was previously an executive with the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group and with Universal Studios who played key roles in mergers & acquisitions including of Polygram and the USA Network. Subsequently he transferred to Universal Pictures where he was director of business development. In 2000 he joined Revolution Studios, eventually serving as Chief Operating Officer.

Larry (film)

Larry is an upcoming horror thriller directed by Jacob Chase.

Les Films Séville

Headquartered in Montréal, Les Films Séville is a distributor of film content in Québec. A subsidiary of Entertainment One. Seville International is the company’s Montreal-based international film distribution boutique specializing in independent films.

Leslee Feldman

Leslee Feldman is the Head of Casting at Amblin Partners and is the former Head of Casting at DreamWorks, the studio which produced such films as Shrek, The Prince of Egypt, Road to Perdition, Old School, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, among others. Feldman's old DreamWorks position is currently held by her former colleague Christi Soper Hilt. This change came soon after NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks in 2016.

She was Casting Director for the following movies:

Trolls Holiday (2017)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

The Boss Baby (2017)

Trolls (2016)

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

Home (2015)

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

Turbo (2013)

Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy (Documentary) (2013)

The Croods (2013)

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

Puss in Boots (2011)

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010)

Megamind (2010)

Shrek Forever After (2010)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Merry Madagascar (2009)

Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (2009)

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Shrek the Halls (2007)

Bee Movie (2007)

Shrek the Third (2007)

Flushed Away (2006)

Over the Hedge (2006)

Madagascar (2005)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Shark Tale (2004)

Shrek 2 (2004)

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

Old School (2003)

Road to Perdition (2002)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Shrek (2001)

Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)

The Road to El Dorado (2000)

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

Antz (1998)

The Computeropolis Movie (1994)

List of DreamWorks Pictures films

This page is a list of films released by DreamWorks Pictures.

Matt Charman

Matt Charman is a British screenwriter, playwright, and producer. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his 2015 film Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg and co-written with Joel and Ethan Coen. Charman started out writing for theatre, making his breakthrough as writer-in-residence at London's National Theatre, where then director Nicholas Hytner described Charman as having "a priceless nose for a story." He recently wrote the pilot episode of Oasis, a sci-fi drama for Amazon Video adapting Michel Faber's The Book of Strange New Things, and is working on a second movie for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners, based on Walter Cronkite’s 1968 visit to Vietnam.

Pearl Street Films

Pearl Street Films is an American motion picture production company. The company was founded by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. In October 2012, Jennifer Todd was named president of the company. Pearl Street Films is based at Warner Bros.In March 2018, Pearl Street announced that it would be adopting inclusion riders for all future projects.

The Girl on the Train (2016 film)

The Girl on the Train is a 2016 American mystery thriller drama film directed by Tate Taylor and written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on British author Paula Hawkins' popular 2015 debut novel of the same name. The film stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Édgar Ramírez, and Lisa Kudrow. The film follows an alcoholic divorcée named Rachel who becomes involved in a missing person’s investigation.

Principal photography began on November 4, 2015, in New York City. Produced by Marc Platt and DreamWorks Pictures, The Girl on the Train was the first film to be distributed by Universal Pictures as part of DreamWorks' new distribution deal via the company Amblin Partners.The film premiered in London on September 20, 2016, before it was theatrically released in the United States on October 7, 2016. The film was a box office success, grossing $173 million worldwide, but received mixed reviews. Blunt's performance received praise and gained a nomination at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, as well as a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 70th British Academy Film Awards.

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures (also known as Universal Studios, formerly Universal Film Manufacturing Company) is an American film studio owned by Comcast through the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group division of its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal. Founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles O. Baumann, Adam Kessel, Pat Powers, William Swanson, David Horsley, Robert H. Cochrane, and Jules Brulatour, it is the oldest surviving film studio in the United States, the world's fifth oldest after Gaumont, Pathé, Titanus, and Nordisk Film, and the oldest member of Hollywood's "Big Five" studios in terms of the overall film market. Its studios are located in Universal City, California, and its corporate offices are located in New York City.

Universal Pictures is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and was one of the "Little Three" majors during Hollywood's golden age.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is an American film distributor owned by The Walt Disney Company. It handles theatrical distribution, marketing and promotion for films produced and released by the Walt Disney Studios, including Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures and Blue Sky Studios.

The company was originally established in 1953 as Buena Vista Film Distribution Company, Inc. (later renamed to Buena Vista Distribution Company, Inc. and Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.) It took on its current name in April 2007.

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