David Ellison
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United States
2018

Skydance Media

David
Ellison

CEO

The son of billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison has been making his mark since forming Skydance Media in 2010. He shows an instinct for creative commercial projects, from the Coen brothers’ surprise 2010 hit “True Grit,” which overtook their 2008 Oscar winner “No Country for Old Men,” to such straightforward blockbusters as “Mission: Impossible —Ghost Protocol” and “Star Trek: Beyond.” Skydance’s first 10 features have cumulatively grossed around $4 billion globally. In 2013, Ellison unveiled Skydance Television, followed in 2016 by Skydance Interactive, set up after the acquisition of The Workshop Entertainment to create original and IP-based VR experiences. Skydance’s 2018 releases include “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” which has grossed $650 million.

Career

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

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 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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