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Amblin Entertainment (1981)

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Amblin Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded by director and producer Steven Spielberg and film producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall in 1981. Amblin is only a production company, and has never distributed its own movies, nor has it fully financed its productions, needing the help of the studios that distributed it. Its logo features the silhouette of E.T. riding in the basket on Elliott's bicycle flying in front of the moon from the 1982 movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Amblin is named after Spielberg's first commercially released film, Amblin' , a short independent film about a man and woman hitchhiking through the desert. The film, which cost $15,000 to produce, was shown for Universal Studios and won Spielberg more directing roles. Although Spielberg owns shares in both Amblin and DreamWorks, it is Universal that distributes many Amblin productions and Amblin operates out of a building on the Universal lot.

In addition to various Spielberg films, Amblin has produced movies by other directors including Joe Dante , Robert Zemeckis , Brian Levant , Penelope Spheeris , Brad Silberling , Don Bluth , Clint Eastwood (The Bridges of Madison County, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima - the Amblin logo does not appear on Eastwood's films, or on Schindler's List), Gil Kenan , Martin Campbell , Richard Donner , Jan de Bont , Barry Sonnenfeld , Martin Scorsese , Joe Johnston , J. J. Abrams and Simon Wells (An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story and Balto).

The majority of these directors are close friends of Spielberg, who has an executive producer or producer credit on many but not all of Amblin's non-Spielberg films . Amblin's most critically acclaimed production is Schindler's List . The film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture. A companion study guide, Facing History, was prepared through a grant from Amblin and Universal.

Amblin's television series credits include Amazing Stories, Tiny Toon Adventures, seaQuest DSV, Animaniacs, Earth 2, Pinky and the Brain, ER, Freakazoid, Back to the Future, Family Dog, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, Fievel's American Tails and The Land Before Time. Fievel's American Tails and others were produced by Amblin's animation division Amblimation, which was active from 1991 until 1995. Another studio which has distributed many Amblin productions is Warner Bros. Entertainment. DreamWorks (which was co-founded by Spielberg) has distributed a number of Amblin productions since 1994. The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group has also collaborated with Amblin in such films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Arachnophobia, Noises Off, A Far Off Place and War Horse (which is a DreamWorks production but released by Disney`s Touchstone Pictures as part of a 30-picture distribution deal between Disney and DreamWorks) . In 2011 in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox the Terra Nova television series was released.

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