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Skydance Media (formerly known as Skydance Productions) is an American production company based in Santa Monica, California. Founded by David Ellison in 2006, the company raised $350 million to co-produce and co-finance films with Paramount Pictures since 2009 and has been renewed twice out to 2021. The company specializes in film, animation, TV and video games.

Skydance Productions, LLC[1]
Formerly
Skydance Productions (2006-2016)
Private
IndustryEntertainment
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
FounderDavid Ellison
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California, United States
Area served
Global
Key people
  • David Ellison (CEO)
  • Dana Goldberg (CCO)
  • Jesse Sisgold (President and COO)
  • Larry Wasserman (CFO)
Products
BrandsUncharted (label)
Owner
Subsidiaries
  • Skydance Pictures, LLC
  • Skydance Animation, LLC
  • Skydance Interactive, LLC
  • Skydance Television, LLC
  • Skydance Development, LLC
  • Skydance Productions, LLC
  • [1]
Websitewww.skydance.com

Skydance is responsible for feature-length films including True Grit, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Terminator Genisys, Star Trek Beyond, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Life, Baywatch, Geostorm, Annihilation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Skydance's future feature film slate includes Top Gun: Maverick, Terminator: Dark Fate, 6 Underground and Gemini Man.

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HistoryEdit

Skydance Productions was formed in 2006 by David Ellison. The firm's first film was Flyboys in 2006, starring Ellison and co-financed with MGM.[3]

In the fall of 2009, Skydance and Paramount Pictures signed a four-year co-financing, production and distribution agreement. While Paramount would also have the additional option of distribution. Before August 2010, Skydance hired Dana Goldberg, formerly of Village Roadshow Pictures, to oversee development and production. In August 2010, Ellison raised $150 in equity and a four-year, $200-million revolving credit facility led by JPMorgan Chase. One of the equity investors was David's dad, Larry Ellison. Plans were for producing four to six films a year.[3]

On May 1, 2013, Skydance launched Skydance Television, hiring Marcy Ross as division president.[4] Skydance renewed it slate deal with Paramount in the summer of 2013 for four more years.[5]

In March 2014, Don Granger joined the company as the newly created post EVP Feature Productions, and he would report to Dana Goldberg, company's chief creative officer.[6]

In 2016, Skydance raised $700 million in new financing. The refinancing included $200 million in equity from a group of investors, and a $500 million line of credit from J.P. Morgan Chase.[5] On May 3, 2016, Skydance Media used part of its new financing to purchase game developer The Workshop Entertainment, Inc. The Workshop Entertainment was renamed and organized as Skydance Interactive, LLC.[7] David Ellison's company also created a production label named Uncharted in December 2016 in order to house content that falls outside of the action, sci-fi or fantasy genre.[8]

On March 16, 2017, Skydance launched the Skydance Animation division by forming a multi-year partnership with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios. Two projects are already in the works, with one of them originally eyeing a March 2021 release.[9] In August 2017, Skydance and Paramount renewed their slate deal for another four years to 2021, with the addition of Skydance's animated films for distribution.[10]

On January 25, 2018, Tencent bought a 5% to 10% minority stake.[2][11] Jun Oh was hired by Skydance Media as head of theatrical, interactive and legal affairs in October 2018.[12]

FilmsEdit

ReleasedEdit

Release Title Production Distribution
September 22, 2006 Flyboys Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Ingenious Film Partners, and Electric Entertainment MGM Distribution Co.
December 22, 2010 True Grit Mike Zoss Productions, Scott Rudin Productions Paramount Pictures
December 21, 2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Bad Robot Productions, TC Productions
December 19, 2012 The Guilt Trip Michaels/Goldwyn
December 21, 2012 Jack Reacher TC Productions
March 28, 2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Hasbro Studios, and Di Bonaventura Pictures
May 16, 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Bad Robot Productions, K/O Paper Products
June 21, 2013 World War Z Plan B Entertainment, GK Films
January 17, 2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Di Bonaventura Pictures
July 1, 2015 Terminator Genisys China Movie Channel
July 31, 2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Bad Robot Productions, Alibaba Pictures, China Movie Channel, TC Productions
July 22, 2016 Star Trek Beyond Alibaba Pictures, Huahua Media, Bad Robot Productions, Sneaky Shark, and Perfect Storm Entertainment
October 21, 2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back TC Productions, Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media
March 24, 2017 Life Columbia Pictures, Mockingbird Pictures Sony Pictures Releasing
May 25, 2017 Baywatch under Uncharted; Shanghai Film Group, Huahua Media, Seven Bucks Productions (uncredited), The Montecito Picture Company, Fremantle Productions and Flynn Picture Company Paramount Pictures
October 20, 2017 Geostorm Electric Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment Warner Bros. Pictures
February 23, 2018 Annihilation Scott Rudin Productions, DNA Films Paramount Pictures
July 27, 2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout Alibaba Pictures, Bad Robot Productions, TC Productions

UpcomingEdit

Release Title Production Distribution
October 11, 2019 Gemini Man[13] Alibaba Pictures, Fosun Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films Paramount Pictures
November 1, 2019 Terminator: Dark Fate 20th Century Fox, Tencent Pictures, Lightstorm Entertainment Paramount Pictures
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
June 26, 2020 Top Gun: Maverick Jerry Bruckheimer Films, TC Productions and Tencent Pictures Paramount Pictures
March 19, 2021 Luck[14] Paramount Animation, Ilion Animation Studios and Nickelodeon Movies
TBA The Old Guard[15] Denver and Delilah Productions Netflix
TBA 6 Underground Platinum Dunes, Maximum Effort

TelevisionEdit

Television seriesEdit

First Broadcast Last Broadcast Title Network Seasons Episodes Production
July 27, 2014 December 15, 2015 Manhattan WGN America 2 23 Skydance Television
May 8, 2015 TBA Grace and Frankie Netflix 5 65 Okay Goodnight!, Skydance Television
October 1, 2017 January 6, 2018 Ten Days in the Valley ABC Network 1 10 Skydance Television
February 2, 2018 TBA Altered Carbon Netflix 2 18
June 4, 2018 July 30, 2018 Dietland AMC 1 10
June 6, 2018 TBA Condor Audience Network 1 10 MGM Television, Skydance Television, Paramount Television
August 31, 2018 TBA Jack Ryan Amazon 2 16 Paramount Television, Skydance Television, Platinum Dunes
TBA TBA Untitled Miraculous live-action TV series[16] TBA TBA TBA ZAG Inc.
TBA TBA Foundation Series Apple TBA TBA Skydance Television

Skydance InteractiveEdit

Skydance Interactive is a game studio focused on developing ambitious titles, managing projects licenses to other developers, and developing innovative game mechanics and software for VR and emerging platforms. The division of Skydance Media was launched in 2016[17]. In 2017, its first VR game, Archangel was launched. The game recently expanded into an online multiplayer upgrade, Archangel: Hellfire[18].

In 2017, Skydance Interactive partnered with Skybound Entertainment to develop a number of original virtual reality video games based on the expansive world of The Walking Dead universe[19]. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners will be the inaugural title co-developed by the two companies. The studio is located in Marina del Rey, CA.

GamesEdit

Release Title Production
April 6, 2018 PWND Skydance Interactive

VR GamesEdit

Release Title Production
July 18, 2017 Archangel Skydance Interactive
TBA The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners

Skydance AnimationEdit

Skydance Animation
Subsidiary
Industry
Founded2017; 2 years ago (2017)
Headquarters
United States
Key people
ParentSkydance Media
Websitewww.skydance.com/  

Skydance formed a multi-year partnership in March 2017 with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios and in July, announced its first two animated feature films — Luck, which opens on March 19, 2021, and Split. On October 10, 2017, Bill Damaschke was hired to head the division as president of animation and family entertainment.[20]

Skydance Animation has signed on directors Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) to direct Luck, Vicky Jenson (Shrek) to direct Split, and Nathan Greno (Tangled) to helm Powerless.[21]

Skydance Animation hired former Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios CCO John Lasseter as Head of Animation starting in late January 2019, supplanting Damaschke.[22] This decision has been met with disapproval from contributors to some Skydance projects, owing to prior allegations of sexual harassment against Lasseter during his time with Pixar.[23] Emma Thompson was to voice a character in Luck but left the project after learning of Lasseter being hired.[24]

Holly Edwards, who previously served as Skydance Animation’s Head of Production, has been promoted to the position of president at Skydance Animation.[25]

Animated filmsEdit

Release Title Production Distribution
March 19, 2021 Luck Ilion Animation Studios

Paramount Animation

Paramount Pictures
TBA Split (Working Title)
TBA Powerless (Working Title)
TBA The Fourteenth Goldfish[26]

ReferencesEdit

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