DreamWorks Television

DreamWorks Television (or DWTV) was a television distribution and production company that was a division of DreamWorks. It folded into Amblin Television in 2013.

DreamWorks Television
IndustryTelevision production
Television syndication
FateFolded into Amblin Television
SuccessorAmblin Television
OwnerThe Amblin Group (41%)
Participant Media (37%)
Reliance Entertainment (20%)
Entertainment One (2%)
Alibaba Pictures (minority owner)
NBCUniversal (minority owner)
ParentAmblin Partners


DreamWorks SKG Television was formed in December 1994 as DreamWorks Studios agreed to a $200 million seven-year TV production joint venture with the Capital Cities/ABC.[1] The company was set up to produce series for broadcast networks, cable channels and first run syndication with no first look for the ABC Network, but financial incentives favored ABC.[2] The first show, Champs, was scheduled as a mid-season replacement for the ABC network. Dan McDermott was named division chief executive in June 1995.[3] DWTV's first success was Spin City on ABC.[2] The Walt Disney Company bought Capital Cities/ABC in February 1996.[4]

In 2002, the company's joint venture agreement with ABC ended. This agreement was replaced by a development agreement with NBC with a first look clause, financing for series pickups by the network while taking a financial stake in the show. DreamWorks TV may finance shows sold to other outlets, and NBC paid an annual fee to it.[2]

TV shows

The entire pre-2008 DWTV catalogue is currently owned and distributed worldwide by Paramount Television with the exception of the programs Line of Fire, Carpoolers and Oliver Beene (distributed by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution), Las Vegas (distributed in North America by NBCUniversal Television Distribution and internationally by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution), Father of the Pride (distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution), Off Centre (distributed by Warner Bros. Television), Band of Brothers (distributed by HBO Enterprises), Miracle Workers (distributed by Entertainment One), and Rescue Me (distributed by Sony Pictures Television); Paramount also co-distributes the following DWTV programs including The Job (with Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution), Boomtown (with NBCUniversal Television Distribution in North America and MGM Worldwide Television Distribution outside North America) and Alienators: Evolution Continues (North American joint distribution with DHX Media; international joint distribution to the series has been held by Sony Pictures Television and DHX Media).

TV series produced by DWTV


Title Years Network Notes
High Incident1996–1998ABC
Majority Rules1996–1997NBC
Spin City1996–2002ABCwith Ubu Productions and LotteryHill Entertainment
Toonsylvania1998FOXproduced by DreamWorks Television Animation
Invasion America1998The WBproduced by DreamWorks Television Animation
Anna Says1999
It's Like, You Know...1999–2000ABC
Freaks and Geeks1999–2000NBCwith Apatow Productions


Title Years Network Notes
The Others2000NBCwith NBC Studios and Delusional Films
Battery Park2000NBCwith Ubu Productions
The Job2001–2002ABCco-production with The Cloudland Company, Apostle and Touchstone Television
Band of Brothers2001HBOminiseries; co-production with Playtone
Alienators: Evolution Continues2001–2002Fox Kidsproduced by DreamWorks Television Animation in North America and Columbia TriStar Television outside North America with DIC Entertainment and The Montecito Picture Company
Undeclared2001–2002FOXco-production with Apatow Productions
Off Centre2001–2002The WBwith Weitz, Weitz & Zuker and Warner Bros. Television
Boomtown2002–2003NBCwith Nemo Films and NBC Studios
Oliver Beene2003–2004FOXwith Steven Levitan Productions, ge.wirtz Films and Twentieth Century Fox Television
Las Vegas2003–2008NBCwith Gary Scott Thompson Productions and NBC Studios, later NBC Universal Television Studio and later Universal Media Studios
Line of Fire2003–2004ABCwith Battle Plan Productions, Steven Bochco Productions and Touchstone Television
Rescue Me2004–2011FXwith The Cloudland Company, Apostle and Sony Pictures Television
Father of the Pride2004–2005NBCproduced by DreamWorks Television Animation
The Contender2005–2008NBC/ESPN/Versuswith Mark Burnett Productions and ESPN Original Entertainment (seasons 2–3; 2006–07)
Into the West2005TNTminiseries
Miracle Workers2006ABC
Dog Bites Man2006Comedy Central
On the Lot2007FOXin association with Amblin Entertainment and Mark Burnett Productions
Carpoolers2007–2008ABCwith T.R.O.R.T., 3 Arts Entertainment and ABC Studios
United States of Tara2009–2011Showtimewith Showtime Networks
Wedding Day2009TNT


Title Years Network Notes
The Pacific2010HBOminiseries; with Playtone
Falling Skies2011–2015TNTSeason 1–3 produced by DreamWorks Television; Seasons 4–5 produced by Amblin Television
Smash2012–2013NBCwith Universal Television and Madwoman in the Attic, Inc.
The Americans[5]2013FXpilot; with Fox Television Studios and FX Productions

TV specials produced by DWTV

TV specials produced by DreamWorks Television:

  • The Secret World of "Antz" (1998)
  • When You Believe: Music From "The Prince of Egypt" (1998)
  • Galaxy Quest: 20th Anniversary: The Journey Continues (1999)
  • The Hatching of "Chicken Run" (2000)
  • Gladiator Games: The Roman Bloodsport (2000)
  • We Stand Alone Together (2001)
  • What Lies Beneath: Constructing the Perfect Thriller (2001)
  • Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002)

TV series produced by DreamWorks Animation SKG

These are TV series produced by DreamWorks Animation (DWA) that were distributed by DWTV around the world. In 2004, the animation division of DreamWorks was spun off as a separate company (and now bought by NBCUniversal in 2016) and thus animated shows after 2004 do not apply here.


  1. McClellan, Steve. (December 5, 1994). "ABC makes high-profile production leap." Broadcasting & Cable. 1994. HighBeam Research. Accessed on December 27, 2013.
  2. Kunz, William M. (2007). "2". Culture Conglomerates: Consolidation in the Motion Picture and Television Industries. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 49, 50. ISBN 9780742540668. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  3. Hofmeister, Sallie (June 20, 1995). "Company Town : Fox Executive Dan McDermott Named to Head DreamWorks SKG Television". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  4. Fabrikant, Geraldine. THE MEDIA BUSINESS;Disney and ABC Shareholders Solidly Approve Merger Deal January 05, 1996. The New York Times. Accessed July 8, 2013.
  5. Molloy, Tim (December 16, 2011). "FX Orders Cold War Pilot 'The Americans'". The Wrap. Retrieved May 26, 2014. DreamWorks Television is also credited as an executive producer on the pilot, which is being produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions.
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