Amblin Partners

Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC, d/b/a Amblin Partners, is a production company, led by Steven Spielberg, that develops and produces films using the Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant banners and includes Amblin Television. The company's investment partners include Participant, Reliance Entertainment, Entertainment One, Alibaba Pictures and Universal Pictures.[3]

Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC
Amblin Partners
Joint venture
FoundedDecember 16, 2015 (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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6][7] The Girl on the Train was the first film released under the new agreement.[8]

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][9] On February 15, 2017, Universal acquired a minority stake in Amblin Partners,[10] strengthening the relationship between Universal and Amblin,[2] and reuniting a minority percentage of the DreamWorks Pictures label with its former animation division DreamWorks Animation,[11] which was acquired by Universal's parent company NBCUniversal in 2016.[12]

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 will acquire Entertainment One for at least $4 billion.[14]



Title Release date Co-production Film distributor
The BFGJuly 1, 2016Walt Disney Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Walden Media and Reliance Entertainment Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The Light Between OceansSeptember 2, 2016Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media and Heyday Films
The Girl on the TrainOctober 7, 2016DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment and Marc Platt ProductionsUniversal Pictures
Office Christmas PartyDecember 9, 2016DreamWorks Pictures, Entertainment 360 and Bluegrass Films Paramount Pictures
A Dog's PurposeJanuary 27, 2017Amblin Entertainment, Walden Media and Pariah Entertainment GroupUniversal Pictures
Ghost in the ShellMarch 31, 2017DreamWorks Pictures, Grosvenor Park Productions and Seaside EntertainmentParamount Pictures
Thank You for Your ServiceOctober 27, 2017DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment OneUniversal Pictures[15]
The PostDecember 22, 2017DreamWorks Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Reliance Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Pascal Pictures and Star Thrower Entertainment20th Century Fox[15]
7 Days in EntebbeMarch 16, 2018Participant Media[15]Focus Features
Ready Player OneMarch 30, 2018Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, De Line Pictures and Farrah Films & ManagementWarner Bros.[15]
The House with a Clock in Its WallsSeptember 21, 2018Amblin Entertainment Universal Pictures
First ManOctober 12, 2018DreamWorks Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment and Perfect World Pictures
Green BookNovember 16, 2018DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media
Welcome to MarwenDecember 21, 2018DreamWorks Pictures, ImageMovers and Perfect World Pictures
On the Basis of SexDecember 25, 2018Participant Media and Robert Cort ProductionsFocus Features
Captive StateMarch 15, 2019Participant Media[15]
A Dog's JourneyMay 17, 2019Amblin Entertainment, Walden Media and Pariah Entertainment GroupUniversal Pictures
Dark WatersNovember 22, 2019Participant and Killer FilmsFocus Features


Title Release date Co-production Film distributor
1917December 25, 2019DreamWorks Pictures and Neal Street ProductionsUniversal Pictures
The Turning[16]January 24, 2020DreamWorks Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment
The Trial of the Chicago 7September 25, 2020DreamWorks Pictures and Cross Creek PicturesParamount Pictures
BIOSOctober 2, 2020Amblin Entertainment and ImageMoversUniversal Pictures
West Side StoryDecember 18, 202020th Century Fox and Amblin Entertainment20th Century Fox
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara[17]TBADreamWorks Pictures and Amblin Entertainment[18]Universal Pictures
Untitled Blackhawk film[19]Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, DC EntertainmentWarner Bros.
Larry[20]Amblin Partners and The Picture CompanyAmblin Partners


  1. Frater, Patrick (October 9, 2016). "Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners Inks Strategic Pact With Alibaba Pictures". Variety. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  2. Perry, Spencer (February 15, 2017). "Universal Studios Buys a Minority Stake in Amblin Partners". Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  3. "DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One Form Amblin Partners, a New Film, Television and Digital Content Creation Company". Participant Media. December 16, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  4. Cieply, Michael (December 16, 2015). "Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios in Deal to Form New Company". The New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  5. "Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Relaunches as Amblin Partners". The Wall Street Journal. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  6. Lang, Brent (December 16, 2015). "Steven Spielberg, Jeff Skoll Bring Amblin Partners to Universal". Variety. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  7. Busch, Anita (December 16, 2015). "It's Official: Spielberg, DreamWorks, Participant, eOne, Others Pact For Amblin Partners". Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  8. Pamela McClintock; Gregg Kilday (December 16, 2015). "Steven Spielberg, Jeff Skoll Team to Form Amblin Partners, Strike Distribution Deal With Universal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  9. Faughnder, Ryan. "Universal buys minority stake in Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  10. Lieberman, David (February 15, 2017). "Universal Buys Minority Stake In Amblin Partners". Deadline. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  11. "Universal Acquires Minority Stake in Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners". TheWrap. February 15, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  12. McNary, Dave (August 22, 2016). "Comcast Completes $3.8 Billion Purchase of DreamWorks Animation".
  13. Staff, Variety (December 18, 2017). "Amblin Partners Inks Exclusive Music-Publishing Deal With BMG".
  14. Low, Elaine (August 22, 2019). "Hasbro Adquires Entertainment One in $4 Billion All-Cash Deal". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  15. "Film releases". Variety Insight. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  16. Hermanns, Grant (September 27, 2018). "How to Train Your Dragon 3 Release Date Moved Up One Week". Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  17. Masters, Kim (June 16, 2016). "Steven Spielberg on DreamWorks' Past, Amblin's Present and His Own Future". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  18. Kroll, Justin (April 11, 2016). "Mark Rylance to Reteam With Steven Spielberg in 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  19. 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.
  20. Douglas, Edward (February 12, 2018). "Amblin Partners, Picture Co. Turning Jacob Chase Horror Short "Larry" into Feature". The Tracking Board. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
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