David Ellison
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United States
2020

Skydance Media

David
Ellison

CEO

The pandemic hit one of Ellison’s big movies, “Top Gun: Maverick,” which was pushed back from June 2020 to next July, joining a 2021 slate for his Skydance Media that includes “The Tomorrow War,” “Snake Eyes” and “Mission: Impossible 7.” Nonetheless, Skydance had a big presence in 2020 with projects such as the Netflix movie “The Old Guard,” seen in at least 72 million households in its first four weeks, as well as Skydance Television series including Amazon’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and Netflix’s “Altered Carbon” and “Grace & Frankie.” Skydance secured a $275 million equity capital expansion from South Korea’s CJ Entertainment (“Parasite”) and private equity firm RedBird Capital, increasing its valuation to some $2.3 billion.

Career

  • TOP GUN: MAVERICK
  • MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT
  • THE OLD GUARD

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Apple and Skydance Animation Formally Announce Multi-Year Partnership

Apple and Skydance Animation Formally Announce Multi-Year Partnership

Following Variety's exclusive report in December, Apple is officially announcing its multi-year content partnership with David Ellison's Skydance Animation.The agreement, which includes the previously announced feature films "Luck" and "Spellbound," will also include what Apple billed as "first-ever theatrical-quality animated television series" for Apple TV Plus subscribers.Skydance Animation is a division of Ellison’s Skydance Media, which is run by John Lasseter and president Holly Edwards. The deal reunites Lasseter with the Cupertino giant decades after he founded Pixar with the...

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