Amblin Television is the television production division of Amblin Partners. It was established in 1984 by Amblin Entertainment as a small-screen production arm for Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories anthology series for NBC.[1] The company has produced television series including Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, SeaQuest DSV, ER, Falling Skies, and The Americans.

Amblin Television
Company typeDivision
IndustryTelevision
PredecessorDreamWorks Television
FoundedJuly 31, 1984; 39 years ago (1984-07-31)
Founders
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
  • Justin Falvey (co-president)
  • Darryl Frank (co-president)
ProductsTelevision series
ParentAmblin Partners
Websiteamblin.com/tv/

In 2013, 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.[2] Since then, the combined company has produced television shows including The Borgias, Under the Dome, The Haunting and Roswell, New Mexico.

History edit

In the 1980s and 1990s, Amblin Television produced television series, specials, made-for-TV and cable films, and animated children's programming such as Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs, along with television series adaptations based around Amblin's popular feature films such as Back to the Future, An American Tail, Casper, and Men in Black.[3] In the 1990s, they also ventured into live-action series production with Harry and the Hendersons, seaQuest DSV and Earth 2. Its longest running television series is ER, which aired from 1994 until 2009 for 15 seasons.[4] The company also entered the streaming television market with specials and series including the documentary Five Came Back and The Haunting, both for Netflix.

In 2013, DreamWorks Television was merged into Amblin Television, the former having been founded by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks SKG partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in 1996.[5] Soon after the DreamWorks merger, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey were named co-presidents of Amblin Television.[6] Under their leadership, the company would develop and produce several series including The Americans, The Haunting, and Roswell, New Mexico.

Current television series edit

Title Years Network Notes
Resident Alien 2021–present Syfy co-production with Jocko Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal Content Productions
Halo 2022–present Paramount+ co-production with Chapter Eleven (season 1), David Wiener (season 2), One Big Picture, 343 Industries and Showtime Networks
Billy the Kid Epix (season 1) / MGM+ (season 2) co-production with One Big Picture (season 1), De Line Pictures, MGM Television and MGM+ Studios
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai 2023–present Max
Cartoon Network
co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
Tiny Toons Looniversity
Encounters Netflix co-production with Boardwalk Pictures, Vice Studios and Motherboard
Life on Our Planet co-production with Silverback Films
Masters of the Air 2024 Apple TV+ co-production with Playtone and Apple Studios[7][8]

Future television series edit

Title Years Network Notes
Jurassic World: Chaos Theory 2024 Netflix co-production with Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation Television
credited as Amblin Entertainment[9]
Cape Fear TBA TBA co-production with Eat the Cat and Universal Content Productions[10]
Easy Rawlins co-production with B.O.B FilmHouse, Inc. and JB Pictures[11]
Friends Like These [12]
Our Time Disney+ co-production with Warner Bros. Television, The Jackal Group and The Donners' Company[13]
Rashomon Max co-production with Opus7 Entertainment and Atmosphere Entertainment[14]
Signs of Survival: A Memory of the Holocaust TBA co-production with Scholastic Entertainment and Solo One Productions[15]
The Afghanistan Papers co-production with Jigsaw Productions[16]
The Talisman Netflix co-production with Upside Down Pictures and Paramount Television Studios[17][18]
The Woman's Hour The CW co-production with Warner Bros. Television[19]

Former television series edit

# Title Years Network Notes
1 Amazing Stories 1985–1987 NBC co-production with Universal Television
credited as Amblin Entertainment
2 Tiny Toon Adventures 1990–1995 CBS (episode 1) / Syndication (seasons 1 and 2) / Fox Kids (season 3) co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
credited as Amblin Entertainment
3 Harry and the Hendersons 1991–1993 Syndication credited as Amblin Entertainment in season 1
4 Back to the Future 1991–1992 CBS co-production with Universal Cartoon Studios, Zaloom/Mayfield Productions and BIG Pictures
5 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles 1992–1993 ABC co-production with Lucasfilm and Paramount Television
6 Fievel's American Tails 1992 CBS co-production with Nelvana and Universal Cartoon Studios
7 The Plucky Duck Show Fox Kids co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
credited as Amblin Entertainment
8 Family Dog 1993 CBS co-production with Tim Burton Productions, Nelvana, Universal Television and Warner Bros. Television
9 seaQuest DSV 1993–1996 NBC co-production with Universal Television
10 Animaniacs 1993–1998 Fox Kids (seasons 1 and 2) / Kids' WB (seasons 3–5) co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
credited as Amblin Entertainment
11 ER 1994–2009 NBC co-production with Constant C Productions and Warner Bros. Television
12 Earth 2 1994–1995 co-production with Universal Television
13 Fudge 1995–1996 ABC (season 1) / CBS (season 2) co-production with Kevin Slattery Productions and MCA Television Entertainment
14 Freakazoid! 1995–1997 Kids' WB co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
credited as Amblin Entertainment
15 Pinky and the Brain 1995–1998
16 The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper 1996–1998 Fox Kids co-production with Harveytoons and Universal Cartoon Studios
17 Men in Black: The Series 1997–2001 Kids' WB co-production with Adelaide Productions and Columbia TriStar Television
credited as Amblin Entertainment
18 Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain 1998–1999 co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
credited as Amblin Entertainment
19 The Land Before Time 2007–2008 Cartoon Network co-production with Universal Animation Studios
credited as Amblin Entertainment
20 On the Lot 2007 Fox co-production with Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks Television
21 The Borgias 2011–2013 Showtime co-production with CTV (season 1), Bell Media (seasons 2 and 3), Myriad Pictures, ImageMovers, Take 5 Productions, Octagon Films and Showtime Networks
22 Terra Nova 2011 Fox co-production with Chernin Entertainment, Kapital Entertainment, Siesta Productions and 20th Century Fox Television
23 The River 2012 ABC co-production with Haunted Movies, J.A. Green Construction Corp. and ABC Studios
24 The Americans 2013–2018 FX co-production with Nemo Films, Fox Television Studios (seasons 1 and 2), Fox 21 Television Studios (seasons 3–6) and FX Productions
previously produced by DreamWorks Television in the pilot
25 Under the Dome 2013–2015 CBS co-production with Baer Bones and CBS Television Studios
26 Lucky 7 2013 ABC co-production with Remainder Men, The Beekeeper's Apprentice Productions and ABC Studios
27 Falling Skies 2014–2015 TNT co-production with Invasion Productions and TNT Original Productions
seasons 4–5 only; previously produced by DreamWorks Television in seasons 1–3
28 Extant CBS co-production with 22 Plates Productions (season 1) and CBS Television Studios
29 Red Band Society Fox co-production with Filmax and ABC Studios
30 The Whispers 2015 ABC co-production with Clickety-Clack Productions and ABC Studios
31 Public Morals TNT co-production with Marlboro Road Gang Productions and TNT Original Productions
32 Minority Report Fox co-production with Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox Television
33 American Gothic 2016 CBS co-production with Full Fathom Five, Hyla Regilla Productions and CBS Television Studios
34 Bull 2016–2019 co-production with Atelier Paul Attanasio, Picturemaker Productions (seasons 2 and 3), Stage 29 Productions and CBS Television Studios
seasons 1–3 only[20]
35 Five Came Back 2017 Netflix co-production with Scott Rudin Productions, IACF Productions, Passion Pictures and Rock Paper Scrissors Entertainment
36 Reverie 2018 NBC co-production with Extant Storytech, Cheap Theatrics Inc., Energy Entertainment and Universal Television
37 All About the Washingtons Netflix co-production with Simmons/Lehman Productions and ABC Signature Studios
38 The Haunting 2018–2020 co-production with FlanaganFilm (season 1), Intrepid Pictures (season 2) and Paramount Television Studios
39 Roswell, New Mexico 2019–2022 The CW co-production with My So-Called Company, Bender Brown Productions, CBS Studios and Warner Bros. Television
40 Why We Hate 2019 Discovery Channel co-production with Jigsaw Productions and Escape Artists[21]
41 Tommy 2020 CBS co-production with Atelier Paul Attanasio and CBS Television Studios
42 Amazing Stories Apple TV+ co-production with ABC Studios, Kitsis/Horowitz and Universal Television
43 Laurel Canyon Epix co-production with Jigsaw Productions, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Warner Music Entertainment and MGM Television
44 Brave New World Peacock co-production with David Wiener and Universal Content Productions
45 Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous 2020–2022 Netflix co-production with Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation Television
credited as Amblin Entertainment
46 Animaniacs 2020–2023 Hulu co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
47 Fatal Attraction 2023 Paramount+ co-production with Nutmegger and Paramount Television Studios
48 San Francisco Sounds: A Place in Time MGM+ co-production with Jigsaw Productions, K/M Documentaries, FourScore Productions, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Entertainment and MGM+ Studios
49 Big Vape: The Rise and Fall of Juul Netflix co-production with This Machine Filmworks and Time Studios

Television specials edit

Airdate Title Network Notes
December 18, 1991 A Wish for Wings That Work CBS co-production with Universal Cartoon Studios
March 27, 1994 Tiny Toon Spring Break Fox co-production with Warner Bros. Animation
credited as Amblin Entertainment
May 28, 1995 Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery
April 2, 2009 Previously on ER NBC co-production with John Wells Productions, Constant C Productions and Warner Bros. Television
Retrospective special of ER
June 21, 2020 Why We Hate: The Reckoning Discovery Channel co-production with Jigsaw Productions[22]
November 15, 2022 Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Hidden Adventure[23] Netflix co-production with Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation Television
credited as Amblin Entertainment
Interactive special

Television films edit

Airdate Title Network Notes
August 24, 1992 The Water Engine TNT co-production with Brandman Productions, Majestic Films International and Planet Productions
January 26, 1993 Cooperstown co-production with Brandman Productions
April 12, 1993 Class of '61 ABC co-production with Universal Television
August 23, 1993 Arthur Miller's The American Clock TNT co-production with Brandman Productions
September 7, 1993 Percy & Thunder
October 15, 1994 Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies The Family Channel co-production with Lucasfilm and Paramount Television
credited as Amblin Entertainment[24]
January 15, 1995 Young Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Peacock's Eye co-production with Lucasfilm
credited as Amblin Entertainment
October 8, 1995 Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen
June 16, 1996 Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father
May 21, 2016 All the Way HBO co-production with HBO Films, Moon Shot Entertainment, Tale Told Productions and Everyman Pictures
May 5, 2020 Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind HBO Max co-production with Nedland Media and HBO Documentary Films[25]
October 18, 2022 Mama's Boy[26] HBO
HBO Max
co-production with LD Entertainment, Playtone, Nedland Media and HBO Documentary Films
November 4, 2022 Good Night Oppy[27] Amazon Prime Video co-production with Amazon Studios, Film 45 and Tripod Media
credited as Amblin Entertainment

Future television films edit

Airdate Title Network Notes
March 15, 2024 The Bloody Hundredth[28] Apple TV+ co-production with Playtone and Apple Studios
TBA Untitled John Williams documentary[29] TBA co-production with Imagine Documentaries and Nedland Media

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