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Amblin Entertainment is an Americanmarker film and television production company founded by director, Steven Spielberg, and film producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall in 1981. Amblin is only a production company, and has never distributed its own movies, nor has it fully financed its productions, needing the help of the studios that distributed it. Its logo, first seen in complete form at the end of The Goonies, features the silhouette of E.T. riding in the basket on Elliot's bicycle flying in front of the moon from the movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. (The logo music was composed and conducted by John Williams.)

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 Spielberg owns shares in both Amblin and DreamWorks, it's Universal that distributes many Amblin productions and Amblin operates out of a building on the Universal lot.

In addition to various Spielberg films, Amblin has produced movies by other directors including Joe Dante (Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace, Small Soldiers), Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Brian Levant (the Flintstones duology), 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), 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 duology), Martin Scorsese (Cape Fear) and Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III). The majority of these directors are close friends of Spielberg , who has an executive producer or producer credit on many but not all of Amblin's non-Spielberg films (his name does not appear on the credits of Small Soldiers, The Little Rascals, Cape Fear, or the two Flintstones films - the "Steven Spielrock Presents" credit on the latter notwithstanding).

Amblin's most critically acclaimed production is Schindler's List (1993). The film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture. (However, the Amblin logo does not appear on the film itself.) A companion study guide, Facing History, was prepared through a grant from Amblin and Universal. Amblin's television series credits include Amazing Stories, seaQuest DSV, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid, Earth 2, Back to the Future: The Animated Series, ER, Family Dog , The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, Fievel's American Tails and The Land Before Time .

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. DreamWorksmarker (which was co-founded by Spielberg) has distributed a number of Amblin productions since 1994. The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group also has collaborated with Amblin in such films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Arachnophobia, Noises Off and A Far Off Place.

Motion pictures

Title Release Date Main Studio 1 Main Studio 2 Other Production Companies
Continental Divide Universal Studios
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Universal Studios
Gremlins Warner Bros.
Fandango* Warner Bros.
The Goonies Warner Bros.
Back to the Future Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
Young Sherlock Holmes Paramount Pictures
The Color Purple Warner Bros. The Guber-Peters Company
The Money Pit Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
An American Tail Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
Harry and the Hendersons* Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
Innerspace Warner Bros.
Universal Studios
Empire of the Sun Warner Bros.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Buena Vista Pictures (Walt Disney Pictures) Silver Screen Partners
Touchstone Pictures (distributing label)
The Land Before Time Universal Studios Lucasfilm
Sullivan Bluth Studios
U-Drive Productions

Dad Universal Studios Ubu Productions
Back to the Future Part II Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
Always Universal Studios United Artists U-Drive Productions
Joe Versus the Volcano Warner Bros.
Back to the Future Part III Universal Studios U-Drive Productions
Gremlins 2: The New Batch Warner Bros.
Arachnophobia Buena Vista Pictures Hollywood Pictures (distributing label)
Tangled Web Productions
A Brief History of Time* Triton Pictures Anglia Television
Channel Four Films
Tokyo Broadcasting Systemmarker

Cape Fear* Universal Studios Cappa Films
TriBeCa Productions
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Universal Studios
Hook Sony Pictures Entertainment TriStar Pictures (distributing label)
Noises Off...* Buena Vista Pictures Nothing On Productions
Touchstone Pictures (distributing label)
Touchwood Pacific Partners

A Far Off Place* Buena Vista Pictures Walt Disney Pictures (distributing label)
Touchwood Pacific Partners
Jurassic Park Universal Studios
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story Universal Studios
A Dangerous Woman* Universal Studios Gramercy Pictures (distributing label)
Island World
Rollercoaster Productions

Schindler's List Universal Studios
The Flintstones* Universal Studios Hanna-Barbera Productions
The Little Rascals* Universal Studios King World Productions
Little Giants* Warner Bros.
Casper Universal Studios The Harvey Entertainment Company
The Bridges of Madison County Warner Bros. Malpaso Productions
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar* Universal Studios
How to Make an American Quilt* Universal Studios
Balto Universal Studios
Twister Warner Bros. Universal Studios Constant c Productions
The Trigger Effect* Universal Studios Gramercy Pictures (distributing label)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal Studios
Men in Black Sony Pictures Entertainment Columbia Pictures (distributing label)
Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Small Soldiers* DreamWorksmarker Universal Studios
The Mask of Zorro Sony Pictures Entertainment David Foster Productions
Global Entertainment Productions
TriStar Pictures (distributing label)
Zorro Productions

Saving Private Ryan DreamWorksmarker Paramount Pictures Mark Gordon Productions
The Mutual Film Company
In Dreams DreamWorks
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas* Universal Studios Hanna-Barbera Productions
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Warner Bros. DreamWorks Stanley Kubrick Productions
Jurassic Park III Universal Studios
Minority Report 20th Century Fox DreamWorksmarker Blue Tulip Productions
Cruise/Wagner Productions
Men in Black II Sony Pictures Entertainment Columbia Pictures (distributing label)
Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Catch Me If You Can DreamWorks Kemp Company
Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Splendid Pictures

The Terminal DreamWorks Parkes/MacDonald Productions
War of the Worlds Paramount Pictures DreamWorksmarker Cruise/Wagner Productions
The Legend of Zorro Sony Pictures Entertainment Spyglass Entertainment
Tornado Productions
Memoirs of a Geisha Sony Pictures Entertainment DreamWorks Red Wagon Productions
Spyglass Entertainment
Munich Universal Studios DreamWorksmarker Alliance Atlantismarker
Barry Mendel Productions
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Peninsula Films

Monster House Sony Pictures Entertainment ImageMovers
Relativity Media
Flags of Our Fathers DreamWorks Warner Bros. Malpaso Productions
Letters from Iwo Jima Warner Bros. DreamWorks Malpaso Productions
The Trial of the Chicago 7 DreamWorks Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Lincoln DreamWorks The Kennedy/Marshall Company
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Paramount Pictures Sony Pictures Entertainment Columbia Pictures
Hergé Studios
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
WingNut Films

Interstellar Paramount Pictures Lynda Obst Productions
Roger Rabbit 2 Buena Vista Pictures (Walt Disney Pictures) Touchstone Pictures (distributing label)

Asterisked films indicate Spielberg is uncredited.

Television shows


With DreamWorks Television

With Universal Television

With Warner Bros. Television

  • ER (1994-2009 in a volume 1) production with John Wells Productions


With Universal Animation Studios

With Warner Bros. Television Animation

With Universal, WB and Nelvana

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