Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC, doing business as Amblin Partners is a film and television 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.
|Founded||December 16, 2015|
Universal City, California,
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. 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.
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. The Girl on the Train was the first film released under the new agreement.
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. On February 15, 2017, Universal acquired a minority stake in Amblin Partners, strengthening the relationship between Universal and Amblin, and reuniting a minority percentage of the DreamWorks Pictures label with its former animation division DreamWorks Animation, which was acquired by Universal's parent company NBCUniversal in 2016.
|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|
|The Post||December 22, 2017||DreamWorks Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Reliance Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Pascal Pictures and Star Thrower Entertainment||20th Century Fox|
|7 Days in Entebbe||March 16, 2018||Participant Media||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.|
|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|
|Title||Release date||Co-production||Film distributor|
|A Dog's Journey||May 17, 2019||Amblin Entertainment, Walden Media, and Pariah Entertainment Group||Universal Pictures|
|The Turning||January 24, 2020||DreamWorks Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment|
|BIOS||October 2, 2020||Amblin Entertainment and ImageMovers|
|The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara||TBA||DreamWorks Pictures and Amblin Entertainment|
|Untitled Blackhawk film||Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, DC Entertainment||Warner Bros.|
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