David Ellison
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United States
2019

Skydance Media

David
Ellison

CEO

Ellison’s Skydance Media has a big footprint on the movie release schedule, with a trio of tentpoles this fall: the Michael Bay vigilante movie “6 Underground,” starring Ryan Reynolds; Ang Lee’s sci-fi actioner “Gemini Man,” with Will Smith; the franchise reboot “Terminator: Dark Fate”; and the sequel “Top Gun: Maverick,” due next June. The son of billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison, he formed the company in 2010 and backed a pair of winners straight out of the gate — the Coen Bros. remake of “True Grit” and “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.” In recent years, his Skydance Television has taken flight, producing series including Amazon’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and Netflix’s “Altered Carbon” and “Grace & Frankie,” recently renewed for a seventh and final season.

Career

  • NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
  • TRUE GRIT
  • MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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China's Tencent Invests in David Ellison's Skydance

China's Tencent Invests in David Ellison's Skydance

Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings has made an investment in David Ellison's Skydance Media as part of a strategic partnership.According to an industry source, the investment is for less than 10% of Skydance.The alliance will give Skydance access to Tencent's expertise in Asia and gaming to further build out its presence in these markets, and allow Tencent to co-finance Skydance films, as well as to market, distribute, and merchandise in China. The partnership also supports collaboration in television, and interactive...

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