Amblin Entertainment
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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' (1968), 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 Amblin is an independent production company, Universal 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 such as Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace), Robert Zemeckis (the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Matthew Robbins (*batteries not included ), Brad Silberling (Casper), Don Bluth (An American Tail, The Land Before Time), Clint Eastwood (The Bridges of Madison County, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Hereafter), Gil Kenan (Monster House), Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro, The Legend of Zorro), Richard Donner (The Goonies), Jan de Bont (Twister), Barry Sonnenfeld (the Men in Black trilogy), Martin Scorsese (Cape Fear), Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III), J. J. Abrams (Super 8), The Coen Brothers (True Grit), and Simon Wells (An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story).

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 (1993), which was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture. A companion study guide for it, 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, The Land Before Time and Men in Black: The Series . The animated title 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.

List of films
Men in Black III (2012)
Lincoln (2012)
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the unicorn (2011)
War Horse (2011)
Super 8 (2011)
Monster House (2006)
Flag of Our Fathers (2006)
Letters from IwoJima (2006)
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
War of the World (2005)
Munich (2005)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
The Terminal (2004)
Men in Black II (2002)
Catch Me if You Can (2002)
 Jurassic Park III (2001)
Artficial Intelligence (2001)
The Mask of Zooro (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Lost World :Jurassic Park (1997)
Men in Black (1997)
The Bridges of Madison Country (1995)
Casper (1995)
Schindle’s List (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial

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