Amblin Entertainment

This article is about the company. For the movie, see Amblin'.

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

Short films


Television shows

Main article: Amblin Television

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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