Amblin Television

Amblin Television is the television production division of Amblin Partners. It was established in 1981 by Amblin Entertainment as a small-screen production arm for Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories anthology for NBC.[1] The company has produced television series including Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, SeaQuest DSV, ER, Falling Skies, and The Americans.

Amblin Television
Founded1981 (1981)
FoundersSteven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
United States
Key people
Justin Falvey
Darryl Frank
ProductsTelevision series
ParentAmblin Partners

In 2012, 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 of Hill House and Roswell, New Mexico.


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. The long-running cornerstone television series ER, produced by Amblin Television and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, first aired in 1994 and ran for 15 seasons until 2009.[4] The company also entered the streaming television market with specials and series including the documentary Five Came Back and The Haunting of Hill House, both for Netflix.

Merger with DreamWorks Television

In 2012, 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 of Hill House, and Smash.

Current television series

Title Years Network Notes
The Haunting of Bly Manor2018–presentNetflixco-production with Paramount Television[7]
Roswell, New Mexico2019–presentThe CWco-production with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios

Future television series

Title Years Network Notes
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous2020Netflixco-production with DreamWorks Animation Television and Legendary Television[8]
Animaniacs2020Huluco-production with Warner Bros. Animation[9]
Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind2020HBOco-production with HBO Films[10]
Tommy2020CBSco-production with CBS Television Studios[11]
Amazing StoriesTBAApple TV+co-production with Universal Television and Kitsis/Horowitz[12]
Brave New World Peacockco-production with Universal Content Productions[13]
HaloShowtimeco-production with 343 Industries[14]
Resident AlienSyfyco-production with Universal Content Productions and Dark Horse Entertainment[15]
Gremlins: Secrets of the MogwaiHBO Maxco-production with Warner Bros. Animation[16]
Masters of the AirApple TV+co-production with Playtone[17]

Former television series

Title Years Network Notes
Amazing Stories1985–1987NBCco-production with Universal Television
Tiny Toon Adventures1990–1992Fox Kidsco-production with Warner Bros. Animation
Harry and the Hendersons1991–1993Syndicationdistributed by MCA TV
Back to the Future: The Animated Series1991–1992CBSco-production with Universal Cartoon Studios
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles1992–1993ABCco-production with Paramount Television and Lucasfilm
Fievel's American Tails1992CBSco-production with Universal Cartoon Studios and Nelvana
The Plucky Duck Show1992Fox Kidsco-production with Warner Bros. Animation
Family Dog1993CBSco-production with Universal Television, Warner Bros Television, Tim Burton Productions and Nelvana
seaQuest DSV1993–1996NBCco-production with Universal Television
Animaniacs1993–1998Fox Kids/Kids' WBco-production with Warner Bros. Animation
ER1994–2009NBCco-production with Warner Bros. Television and Constant C Productions
Earth 21994–1995NBCco-production with Universal Television
Fudge1995–1996ABC/CBSco-production with MTE, 1996–1997 as UTE
Freakazoid!1995–1997Kids' WBco-production with Warner Bros. Animation
Pinky and the Brain1995–1998Kids' WBco-production with Warner Bros. Animation
Casper1996–1998Fox Kidsco-production with Universal Cartoon Studios and The Harvey Entertainment Company
Men in Black: The Series1997–2001Kids' WBco-production with Columbia TriStar Television and Adelaide Productions
Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain1998–1999Kids' WBco-production with Warner Bros. Animation
The Land Before Time2007–2008Cartoon Networkco-production with Universal Animation Studios
On the Lot2007Foxco-production with DreamWorks Television and Mark Burnett Productions
Falling Skies2011–2015TNTdistributed by Warner Bros. Television; previously produced by DreamWorks Television in seasons 1–3
The Borgias2011–2013Showtimeproduced by Showtime Networks, distributed by CBS (Season 2-3)
Terra Nova2011Foxco-production with 20th Century Fox Television
The River2012ABCco-production with DreamWorks Television, ABC Studios and Blumhouse Productions
The Americans2013–2018FXco-production with Nemo Films, Fox 21 Television Studios and FXP; Amblin replaced DreamWorks Television in season 2 following the latter's dissolution
Under the Dome2013–2015CBSco-production with CBS Television Studios and Baer Bones
Lucky 72013ABCco-production with ABC Studios
Extant2014–2015CBSco-production with CBS Television Studios
Red Band Society2014–2015Foxco-production with ABC Studios
The Whispers2015ABCco-production with ABC Studios
Public Morals2015TNTdistributed by Warner Bros. Television; co-production with TNT
Minority Report2015Foxco-production with Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox Television
American Gothic2016CBSco-production with CBS Television Studios Full Fathom Five and Hyla Regilla Productions
Bull2016-2019[18]CBSco-production with CBS Television Studios
Five Came Back2017Netflix
Reverie2018NBCco-production with Universal Television
All About the Washingtons2018NetflixCo-production with ABC Signature Studios
Why We Hate2019Discoveryco-production with Jigsaw Productions[19]

Television specials

Airdate Title Network Notes
December 18, 1991A Wish for Wings That WorkCBSco-production with Universal Cartoon Studios

Television films

Airdate Title Network Notes
August 24, 1992The Water EngineTNTco-production with Brandman Productions, Majestic Films International and Planet Productions
January 26, 1993CooperstownTNTco-production with Brandman Productions
April 12, 1993Class of '61ABCco-production with Universal Television
August 23, 1993Arthur Miller's The American ClockTNTco-production with Brandman Productions
October 15, 1994Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood FolliesThe Family Channelco-production with Lucasfilm and Paramount Television[20]
January 15, 1995Young Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Peacock's EyeThe Family Channelco-production with Lucasfilm
October 8, 1995Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the HawkmenThe Family Channelco-production with Lucasfilm
June 16, 1996Young Indiana Jones: Travels with FatherThe Family Channelco-production with Lucasfilm
May 21, 2016All the WayHBOco-production with HBO Films, Moon Shot Entertainment and Tale Told Productions


  1. Bennetts, Leslie (July 31, 1984). "Spielberg to Produce Adventure Series for Nbc". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  2. Littleton, Cynthia; Littleton, Cynthia (June 19, 2013). "Steven Spielberg: Tackling TV on His Own Terms". Variety. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  3. "History of Amblin Entertainment – FundingUniverse". Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  4. Bowes, Danny; Bowes, Danny (April 15, 2013). "20 Years of TV: How 'ER' Was the Last Great Drama in Which the Show Itself Was the Star". IndieWire. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  5. Fabrikant, Geraldine (January 20, 1997). "Despite a Sluggish Beginning, Dreamworks Is Viewed as a Potential Hollywood Power". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  6. "Amblin TV Chiefs on Spielberg's 'Minority Report' Reboot, 'Extant' Changes and Their Message to Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  7. "Everything You Should Know About 'The Haunting of Bly Manor'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. "'Jurassic World' Animated Series Set at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. "'Animaniacs' Reboot Lands Two-Season Straight-to-Series Order at Hulu". Variety.
  10. "Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind | Documentaries". HBO. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  11. "CBS Picks Up Edie Falco Cop Drama 'Tommy' for 2019-2020 Season". Variety.
  12. "Steven Spielberg Bringing Reboot of "Amazing Stories" to New Apple TV+ Streaming Service". Bloody Disgusting.
  13. "'Brave New World' Ordered Straight-to-Series at USA Network". Variety.
  14. Tuttle, Will; Editor-in-Chief, Xbox Wire (June 28, 2018). "SHOWTIME, Amblin Television and 343 Industries Bring Halo to Television". Xbox Wire. Retrieved June 26, 2019.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  15. Weiss, Josh (May 31, 2018). "Dark Horse's Resident Alien comic crash-lands a pilot order at SYFY". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  16. Otterson, Joe (February 25, 2019). "'Gremlins' Animated Series in the Works at WarnerMedia Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  17. Gonzalez, Sandra (October 11, 2019). "'Masters of the Air' from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks lands at Apple". CNN. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  18. Porter, Rick (May 9, 2019). "Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV Leaves CBS' 'Bull' Over Harassment Scandal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  19. "Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney's Docuseries 'Why We Hate' Gets Premiere Date From Discovery (Exclusive)". TheWrap. August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  20. Sandler, Adam (October 14, 1994). "Young Indiana Jones & the Hollywood Follies". Variety. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.