STEVEN SPIELBERG (Director/Producer), one of the industry's most successful and
influential filmmakers, is Chairman of Amblin Partners. Formed in 2015,
Spielberg leads the content creation company in partnership with Participant
Media, Reliance Entertainment, entertainment One, Alibaba Pictures and Universal
Spielberg is also, collectively, the top-grossing director of all time, having
helmed such blockbusters as Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones
franchise, and Jurassic Park. Among his myriad honors, he is a three-time
Academy Award winner.
Spielberg took home his first two Oscars, for Best Director and Best Picture,
for the internationally lauded Schindler's List, which received a total of seven
Oscars. The film was also named the Best Picture of 1993 by many of the major
critics organizations, in addition to winning seven BAFTA Awards and three
Golden Globe Awards, both including Best Picture and Director. Spielberg also
won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for his work on the film.
Spielberg won his third Academy Award, for Best Director, for the World War II
drama Saving Private Ryan, which was the highest-grossing release (domestically)
of 1998. It was also one of the year's most honored films, earning four
additional Oscars, as well as two Golden Globe Awards, for Best Picture - Drama
and Best Director, and numerous critics groups awards in the same categories.
Spielberg also won another DGA Award, and shared a Producers Guild of America
(PGA) Award with the film's other producers. That same year, the PGA also
presented Spielberg with the prestigious Milestone Award for his historic
contribution to the motion picture industry.
He has also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director for Lincoln,
Munich, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters
of the Third Kind. Additionally, he earned DGA Award nominations for those
films, as well as Amistad, Empire of the Sun, The Color Purple and Jaws. With
eleven to date, Spielberg has been honored by his peers with more DGA Award
nominations than any other director. In 2000, he received the DGA's Lifetime
Achievement Award. He is also the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Award from
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press's
Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Kennedy Center Honor, and numerous other career
In 2012, Spielberg directed Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln,
based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, with a screenplay by
Tony Kushner. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association
with Participant Media, garnered 12 Academy Award nominations and earned $275
million worldwide. The film won two Oscars, including Daniel Day-Lewis' third
Oscar for Best Actor playing the iconic 16th President, as well as Best
Spielberg's 2015 dramatic thriller Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks received
six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture with Mark Rylance winning
for Best Supporting Actor. That same year, he was also an executive producer on
Jurassic World, which earned over $1.6 billion worldwide. Directed by Colin
Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, it was the fourth
film in the Jurassic series. A follow-up to the blockbuster, directed by J.A.
Bayona, will be released on June 22, 2018.
Following The Post, he has Ready Player One based on the popular science-fiction
novel by Ernest Cline which will be released in theaters on March 30, 2018.
Spielberg's career began with the 1968 short film Amblin, which led to him
becoming the youngest director ever signed to a long-term studio deal. He
directed episodes of such TV shows as Night Gallery, Marcus Welby, M.D. and
Columbo, and gained special attention for his 1971 telefilm Duel. Three years
later, he made his feature film directorial debut on The Sugarland Express, from
a screenplay he co-wrote. His next film was Jaws, which was the first film to
break the $100 million mark at the box office.
In 1984, Spielberg formed his own production company, Amblin Entertainment.
Under the Amblin Entertainment banner, he served as producer or executive
producer on such hits as Gremlins, Goonies, Back to the Future I, II, and III,
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, An American Tail, Twister, The Mask of Zorro and the
Men in Black films. In 1994, Spielberg partnered with Jeffrey Katzenberg and
David Geffen to form the original DreamWorks Studios. The studio enjoyed both
critical and commercial successes, including three consecutive Best Picture
Academy Award winners: American Beauty, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind. In its
history, DreamWorks has also produced or co-produced a wide range of features,
including the Transformers blockbusters, Clint Eastwood's World War II dramas
Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, the latter earning a Best
Picture Oscar nomination, Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, and The Ring,
to name only a few. Under the DreamWorks banner, Spielberg also directed such
films as War of the Worlds, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can and A.I.
Spielberg has not limited his success to the big screen. He was an executive
producer on the long-running Emmy-winning TV drama E.R. produced by his Amblin
Entertainment company and Warner Bros. Television for NBC. On the heels of their
experience on Saving Private Ryan, he and Tom Hanks teamed to executive produce
the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, based on Stephen Ambrose's book about
a U.S. Army unit in Europe in World War II. Among its many awards, the project
won both Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Outstanding Miniseries. He and Hanks
more recently reunited to executive produce the acclaimed 2010 HBO miniseries
The Pacific, this time focusing on the Marines in WWII's Pacific theatre. The
Pacific won eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries.
Among the shows Spielberg also executive produced were the Emmy-winning Sci-Fi
Channel miniseries Taken, the TNT miniseries Into the West, the Showtime series
The United States of Tara, NBC's Smash, TNT's Falling Skies, as well as CBS'
Under the Dome and Extant. He was also executive producer on the HBO Films'
movie All The Way starring Emmy winner Bryan Cranston and the Netflix docuseries
Five Came Back. He is currently executive producer on CBS's Bull which was
renewed for a second season. His Amblin Television is a producer of FX's The
Americans, which has received several Emmy nominations including two wins for
Margo Martindale for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. The series
also won a Peabody Award in 2015.
Apart from his filmmaking work, Spielberg has also devoted his time and
resources to many philanthropic causes. He established The Righteous Persons
Foundation using all his profits from Schindler's List. He also founded the
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which in 2006 became the USC
Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education. The Institute
has recorded more than 53,000 interviews with survivors and other witnesses of
the Holocaust and other genocides and is dedicated to making the testimonies a
compelling voice for education and action. Additionally, Spielberg is the
Chairman Emeritus of the Starlight Children's Foundation.
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