Steven Spielberg resting his arms on film reel
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Date of Birth
Hometown
Cincinnati, Ohio
One of the industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers, STEVEN SPIELBERG (Executive Producer) 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 Pictures.

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 BAFTAs and three Golden Globe Awards, both including Best Picture and Best 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 domestic release of 1998. It was also one of the year’s most honored films, earning four additional Oscars®, as well as two Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture–Drama and Best Director–Motion Picture. It also won 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 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. He also earned DGA Award nominations for those films, as well as for Jaws, The Color Purple (his first DGA win), Empire of the Sun and Amistad. With 11 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 Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Kennedy Center Honors and numerous other career tributes.

In 2012, Spielberg directed Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. The DreamWorks Pictures/20th Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, garnered 12 Academy Award® nominations and earned $275 million worldwide. The film won two Oscars®, including Day-Lewis’ third Best Actor Oscar® for his portrayal of the iconic 16th president and for Best Production Design.

Spielberg’s 2015 dramatic thriller Bridge of Spies, which starred Tom Hanks, received six Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, with Mark Rylance winning for Best Supporting Actor. That same year, Spielberg was also an executive producer on Jurassic World, which earned over $1.6 billion worldwide. Directed by Colin Trevorrow and which starred Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, it was the fourth film in the Jurassic series.
In November 2017, The Post, a drama inspired by the Washington Post’s first female publisher, Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), and its driven editor, Ben Bradlee (Hanks), opened to wide critical and audience acclaim. Spielberg’s most recent film, Ready Player One, based on the popular science-fiction novel by Ernest Cline, was released in theaters on March 29, 2018 and is already considered a hit by global audiences and reviewers.
Spielberg’s career began with the 1968 short film Amblin, which led to his 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.

In 1984, Spielberg formed his own production company, Amblin Entertainment. Under the Amblin banner, he served as producer or executive producer on such hits as Gremlins, The Goonies, the Back to the Future franchise, 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. Artificial Intelligence.

Spielberg has not limited his success to the big screen. He was an executive producer on the long-running Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV drama ER, produced by his Amblin Entertainment company and Warner Bros. Television for NBC. On the heels of their experience on Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg and 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 during World War II. Among its many awards, the project won both Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Outstanding Miniseries. Spielberg and Hanks more recently reunited to executive produce the acclaimed 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, this time focusing on the Marines in World War II’s Pacific battle with the Japanese. The Pacific won eight Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries.

Spielberg also executive produced the Primetime Emmy Award-winning Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Taken, the TNT miniseries Into the West, the Showtime series United States of Tara, NBC’s Smash, TNT’s Falling Skies, CBS’ Under the Dome and Extant. He was also executive producer on the HBO Films movie All the Way, which starred Primetime Emmy Award 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 Primetime Emmy Award 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. The impact of his work on Schindler’s List led him to establish the Righteous Persons Foundation with all his profits from the film. He also founded Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which became the USC Shoah Foundation-Institute for Visual History and Education in 2006. The Institute has recorded nearly 55,000 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. In addition, Spielberg is the co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

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