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Anil Ambani, Spielberg join hands for new entertainment company

business Updated: Dec 17, 2015 23:45 IST
HT Correspondent
Anil Ambani

File photo of Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment and acclaimed Hollywood director Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks on Thursday announced formation of Amblin Partners — a film, television and digital content-creation company.

Participant Media led by Jeff Skoll and Entertainment One, a leading US-based media company, are also part of the joint venture.

“Together with Reliance Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures, they will work closely with Amblin Partners to develop and produce specific content for the new venture, in addition to exploring opportunities for co-productions and other content,” Reliance Entertainment said.

Amblin Partners has a mandate to develop and produce films using Amblin, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant banners as well as Amblin Television.

Spielberg, announcing the joint venture, said: “We are honoured to continue our long-term association with our dear friend, Anil Ambani and his team at Reliance. We have had the opportunity to develop and produce wonderful films, thanks to their ongoing support.”

“We are delighted to continue our now seven-year-strong relationship with our valued partner, Steven Spielberg and extend this alliance to the formation of Amblin Partners with Jeff Skoll,” Ambani said.

DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have collaborated on many Academy Award-nominated films such as Lincoln’ and The Help as well as the critically-acclaimed The Hundred-Foot Journey, and the recently released Bridge of Spies.

Amblin Partners’ film projects include The BFG, and The Light Between Oceans, scheduled for release by Disney in 2016; The Girl on the Train, (October 2016); A Dog’s Purpose (first quarter of 2017) and Ready Player One, scheduled to be released in December 2017.