Amblin Partners

Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC, doing business as Amblin Partners, is an American entertainment company that is the successor to the live-action counterpart of DreamWorks and a production company, led by Steven Spielberg, that develops and produces films under the Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures banners, as well as television series through Amblin Television. The company's investment partners include Reliance Group's Reliance Entertainment, Hasbro's Entertainment One, Alibaba Group's Alibaba Pictures and NBCUniversal/Comcast's Universal Pictures.[3] Films produced by Amblin Partners are mostly distributed by Universal in North America and select international territories and by third-party distributors through Mister Smith Entertainment in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.[4][5]

Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC
Amblin Partners
TypeJoint venture
FoundedDecember 16, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-12-16)
Universal City, California
United States
Area served
Key people
  • Steven Spielberg
  • (Chairman)
  • Jeff Small
  • (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.[6] For films, it uses the original DreamWorks label for mature content, Amblin label for family-friendly content, and Participant label for social justice content, although the latter remains a separate company.[7]

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 would be distributed and marketed by either the main Universal banner or its specialty label, Focus Features.[4][8] The Girl on the Train was the first film released under the deal.[9] Mister Smith Entertainment, which began its international distribution deal with DreamWorks in 2012,[10] continues to handle distribution sales for Amblin Partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.[5]

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][11] On February 15, 2017, Comcast's Universal acquired a minority stake in Amblin Partners,[12] strengthening the relationship between Universal and Amblin.[2]

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 would acquire Entertainment One for at least $4 billion. The acquisition was completed on December 30, 2019, resulting in the toy company inheriting eOne's stake in Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures.[14] On May 5, 2020, Amblin renewed its deal with Nordisk Film.[15] In November 2020, Amblin Partners renewed its distribution deal with Universal, which continues to be an equity stake holder.[16] That same month however, Participant terminated its equity stake in Amblin Partners, ending its relationship with the company.[16]



Title Release date Label Other production companies Film distributor
The BFG July 1, 2016 Amblin Entertainment Walt Disney Pictures, Walden Media and Reliance Entertainment Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The Light Between Oceans September 2, 2016 DreamWorks Pictures Touchstone 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, Seaside Entertainment and Arad Productions Paramount Pictures
Thank You for Your Service October 27, 2017 Reliance Entertainment and Rahway Road Productions Universal Pictures[17]
The Post December 22, 2017 Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures Reliance Entertainment, Pascal Pictures and Star Thrower Entertainment 20th Century Fox[17]
7 Days in Entebbe March 16, 2018 Participant Media[17] Working Title Films Focus Features
Ready Player One March 30, 2018 Amblin Entertainment Village Roadshow Pictures, De Line Pictures and Farah Films & Management Warner Bros. Pictures[17]
The House with a Clock in Its Walls September 21, 2018 Reliance Entertainment and Mythology Entertainment Universal Pictures
First Man October 12, 2018 DreamWorks Pictures Temple Hill Entertainment, Phantasma and Perfect World Pictures
Green Book November 16, 2018 Participant Media, Innisfree Pictures and Cinetic Media
Welcome to Marwen December 21, 2018 ImageMovers and Perfect World Pictures
On the Basis of Sex December 25, 2018 Participant Media Robert Cort Productions Focus Features
Captive State March 15, 2019 N/A[17]
A Dog's Journey May 17, 2019 Amblin Entertainment Walden Media and Pariah Entertainment Group Universal Pictures
Dark Waters November 22, 2019 Participant Media Killer Films Focus Features
1917 December 25, 2019 DreamWorks Pictures New Republic Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Mogambo Universal Pictures
The Turning January 24, 2020 Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures Vertigo Entertainment[18]
The Trial of the Chicago 7 September 25, 2020 DreamWorks Pictures Cross Creek Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Marc Platt Productions Netflix
Come Play October 30, 2020 Reliance Entertainment The Picture Company Focus Features[19]


Title Release date Label Other production companies Film distributor
Stillwater[20][21][22] July 30, 2021 DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media Anonymous Content, Slow Pony and 3dot Productions Focus Features
BIOS August 20, 2021 Amblin Entertainment ImageMovers, Dutch Angle, Playtone, Alibaba Pictures, and Misher Films Universal Pictures
West Side Story December 10, 2021 Amblin Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment N/A 20th Century Studios
The Color Purple[23][24] December 20, 2023 Amblin Entertainment Harpo Films and Scott Sanders Productions Warner Bros. Pictures
Distant[25] TBA TBA Automatik TBA
Easter Sunday[26][27] Rideback Universal Pictures
The Good House[28] TriBeCa Productions and FilmNation Entertainment
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara[29] DreamWorks Pictures and Amblin Entertainment[30] TBA
Last Voyage of the Demeter[31] TBA TBA

In developmentEdit

Title Label Other production companies Film distributor
Blackhawk[32] Amblin Entertainment DC Films Warner Bros. Pictures
Cheshire Crossing[33] TBA Michael De Luca Productions TBA


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  11. ^ Faughnder, Ryan. "Universal buys minority stake in Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  12. ^ Lieberman, David (February 15, 2017). "Universal Buys Minority Stake In Amblin Partners". Deadline. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
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  14. ^ Low, Elaine (August 22, 2019). "Hasbro Acquires Entertainment One in $4 Billion All-Cash Deal". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
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  19. ^ Douglas, Edward (February 12, 2018). "Amblin Partners, Picture Co. Turning Jacob Chase Horror Short "Larry" into Feature". The Tracking Board. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  20. ^ Matt Damon To Star In ‘Stillwater’ Film With Tom McCarthy Attached To Direct
  21. ^ Abigail Breslin Joins Matt Damon in ‘Stillwater’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  22. ^ Participant Media Ups Jeannine Tang To General Counsel
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  25. ^ "Naomi Scott to Star in Sci-Fi Amblin Movie 'Distant'". The Hollywood Reporter. August 4, 2020. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  26. ^ Galuppo, Mia (February 18, 2020). "Amblin and Rideback Team for Jo Koy Comedy 'Easter Sunday' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  27. ^ Kit, Borys (February 16, 2021). "Jay Chandrasekhar to Direct Family Comedy 'Easter Sunday' for Amblin (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  28. ^ Sigourney Weaver & Kevin Kline Reteam For Amblin Partners' 'The Good House'
  29. ^ Masters, Kim (June 16, 2016). "Steven Spielberg on DreamWorks' Past, Amblin's Present and His Own Future". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  30. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 11, 2016). "Mark Rylance to Reteam With Steven Spielberg in 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  31. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 27, 2021). "Corey Hawkins To Star In 'Last Voyage Of The Demeter' For Amblin And André Øvredal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  32. ^ 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.
  33. ^ Kit, Borys (November 15, 2019). "Amblin, Michael De Luca Tackling 'Martian' Author's Fantasy Graphic Novel 'Cheshire Crossing' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 15, 2019.

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