Michael Wright is stepping down as chief executive officer of Amblin Partners and becoming executive producer of two of the company's forthcoming films, the company said Tuesday.Steven Spielberg, chairman of the company, will step into the CEO role after Wright's exit. Wright oversaw films like "The Girl on the Train" and "A Dog's Purpose" while at Amblin.“I have always enjoyed working with Michael and the unique creative collaboration we’ve shared going back to his days at Turner Broadcasting," Spielberg said...
Up until his departure in September 2017, Michael Wright was CEO of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners after it was launched by DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One in 2015. He previously held the role of CEO at DreamWorks Studios, succeeding Stacey Snider; he will stay in business with Spielberg by becoming executive producer on two upcoming Amblin films.
Wright played a crucial part in facilitating the company’s distribution deal with Universal Pictures after the company’s previous longtime partnership with Disney ended. He oversaw the three brands that fall under the Amblin Partners umbrella: Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media. Projects include the upcoming “Jurassic World” sequel and “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” with Oscar Isaac and Mark Rylance.
Prior to joining DreamWorks in 2014, Wright was president and head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. During this time, TNT and TBS landed at the top of the cable charts for 10 straight years. Wright oversaw series including “The Closer,” “Southland” and “Falling Skies,” as well as the “Conan” talk show following the comedian’s NBC exit. He was also responsible for TCM’s expansion into original programming, including the “Night at the Movies” franchise.
Wright previously served as vice president of movies and miniseries for CBS and CBS Entertainment. He’s on the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute in addition to his role as a board member for both the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He graduated from the UCLA College of Fine Arts with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts.