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Amblin Entertainment is a United States based film and television production company founded by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall in 1982. Amblin was only a production studio, and never distributed its own movies. Its logo features the silhouette of E.T. riding in the basket on Elliot's bicycle flying in front of the moon from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the first movie produced by Amblin.
Amblin is named after Spielberg's first commercially-released film Amblin. Amblin, a short film about 30 minutes long, is about a man and woman thumbing through the desert in the late 1960's. The film, which cost $15,000 to produce was shown for Universal Studios and won Spielberg more directing roles. 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 including Joe Dante (the Gremlins movies, Innerspace, Small Soldiers), Robert Zemeckis (the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Don Bluth (An American Tail, The Land Before Time), and Barry Sonnenfeld (the Men in Black movies).
Amblin's most critically acclaimed production is Schindler's List (1993). The film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture. The movie has also become a teaching tool at high schools. A companion study guide, Facing History, was prepared through a grant from Amblin and Universal.
Amblin's television series credits include Amazing Stories, seaQuest DSV, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, ER, and Fievel's American Tails. Fievel's American Tails and others were produced by Amblin's animation division Amblimation, which was active from 1991 until about 1997.
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