The brainchild of media moguls Creator/StevenSpielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen (hence the SKG at the end of the studio's name), founded in 1994. It is best known for launching Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, one of the biggest animation studios in the world.

Located on the [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Studios]] lots that had previously housed the offices of Spielberg's Creator/AmblinEntertainment, [=DreamWorks=] came into being as a result of Katzenberg's firing from Creator/{{Disney}} after a ten-year run as the president of their studio. He approached Spielberg and Geffen about the possibility of setting up a studio in Hollywood where the three of them could create entertainment independently from the larger studios. At its founding, [=DreamWorks=] became the first major independent Hollywood studio (and the first major studio founded by creators, not executives) since the birth of Creator/UnitedArtists in [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfHollywood 1919]].

At its peak in the late 1990s/early 2000s, it arguably qualified as a seventh major film studio (having out-grossed Creator/{{Paramount}}). In 1999, 2000 and 2001, [=DreamWorks=] won three consecutive Academy Awards for Best Picture for ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' and ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' (the latter two with Creator/{{Universal}}). [=DreamWorks=] has produced or distributed more than ten films with box-office grosses totaling more than $100 million each.

However, by 2005 the studio was about $400 million in debt, so the founders agreed to a deal to sell [=DreamWorks=] to Viacom subsidiary Creator/{{Paramount}} for $1.6 billion (sans Katzenberg's Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, which had been spun off into its own company in 2004). The sale was completed in February 2006, and in March of that same year Viacom sold the rights to [=DreamWorks=]' pre-2006 film library to Soros Strategic Partners for $900 million (only to purchase it back in 2010 for $400 million, making a $500 million profit on the arrangement).

The Paramount-[=DreamWorks=] merger wasn't a successful one, and after only two years [=DreamWorks=] announced its intention to end its partnership with Viacom, and was sold to newly-formed holding company DW II Management in September 2008. That same month India's Reliance ADA Group signed a $1.5 billion deal to purchase a 50% stake in the studio, and Spielberg entered into negotiations with Creator/{{Universal}} (who had distributed [=DreamWorks=]' films on home video prior to the Viacom deal, although they tried to acquire the studio around the time of the deal) to release their films. These negotiations fell through and in February 2009 the studio signed a deal with Creator/{{Disney}} (through Creator/TouchstonePictures) to handle distribution worldwide (initially) except for India (which Reliance handles), in a roundabout way bringing [=DreamWorks=] full-circle. With the new partnerships with Disney and Reliance, [=DreamWorks=] hoped that they would return to its prosperity years.

Unfortunately, those hopes were never realized. By the year 2012, [=DreamWorks=] ended up getting dissatisfied with the Disney deal, as shortly after the agreement Disney began putting more focus on distributing content from its newest acquisitions (Creator/MarvelComics and ''Franchise/StarWars''), and rarely promoted films from [=DreamWorks=][[note]]This could also have been affected by the departure of then-studio head Dick Cook, who was the architect of the [=DreamWorks=] deal, in September 2009 and his subsequent replacement by Rich Ross[[/note]]. In addition, [=DreamWorks=] had financial issues with underperforming releases (such as ''Film/IAmNumberFour'', ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'', ''Film/FrightNight'' and ''Film/TheFifthEstate'') and exhausted financing lines, and not only did they have to seek co-productions and international distribution sales with others like Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox (which would distribute ''Lincoln'' and ''Bridge of Spies'' internationally) to generate funds, but they were never able to deliver the full 30 film slate initially contracted for distribution by Disney. The situation culminated in 2015, when [=DreamWorks=] had a falling out with Disney executives and the studios decided against renewing their distribution pact (both sides claimed they parted "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial amiably]]").

On December 11, 2015, ''Variety'' magazine reported that, after several months of negotiations, [=DreamWorks=] had reconciled with Universal Studios and reached a distribution deal, reuniting Spielberg with his longtime film partner. Coinciding with the confirmation of the agreement five days later, on December 16, it was announced that [=DreamWorks=] and Amblin Entertainment would be reorganized under the new private joint venture, '''Amblin Partners''', as part of an investment deal that involved film financing firms Participant Media and Entertainment One, with Reliance remaining on board as a 20% stakeholder (Alibaba Pictures, part of China-based Alibaba Group, joined the pact in October 2016). With this reorganization, [=DreamWorks=] was relegated to a label focused on adult-themed films, while Amblin was relegated to a label for family movies, ultimately bringing [=DreamWorks=] and [=Amblin=] under one roof. (The use of the Amblin name was required by [=DreamWorks=] Animation, who ended up owning the DW trademark and claims exclusive rights to use it on family films). Disney would acquire the rights to all twelve films under their expiring deal with [=DreamWorks=] as part of the severance agreement. ''The Light Between Oceans'' was the last film released under the Disney deal, and as a final insult to [=DreamWorks=], [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Disney released it before a Labor Day weekend to ensure its failure]].

Universal began its deal with [=DreamWorks=] with ''Film/TheGirlOnTheTrain'', which despite mixed reviews was a surprising SleeperHit[[note]]By contrast, DW's first film with Disney, ''I Am Number Four'', was a critical dud and a box office disappointment[[/note]], and followed it up with ''Film/ADogsPurpose'', which was moderately successful despite similarly mixed reviews (plus a behind-the-scenes controversy that harmed its marketing campaign). The modest success of these films convinced Universal to become a minority stakeholder of Amblin Partners, making them one of ''six'' companies[[note]]The Amblin Group (owned primarily by Spielberg), Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Entertainment One, Alibaba Pictures and Universal[[/note]] under the joint venture and giving Universal partial ownership of both [=DreamWorks=] and Amblin. This had the effect of fully bringing the [=DreamWorks=] banner under one roof once again, as Universal's parent company [=NBCUniversal=] had purchased [=DreamWorks=] Animation in August 2016. With [=DreamWorks=] now receiving financial backing from a major film studio for the first time in nearly a decade whilst remaining creatively independent (something that wasn't the case during its years with Paramount), and reunited with its former animation division, the studio is seeing bright days ahead of them.

[=DreamWorks=] operated a television distribution and production division called [=DreamWorks=] Television. Originally known for sitcoms like ''Series/SpinCity'' and ''Arsenio'', it shifted its focus to drama at the TurnOfTheMillennium with series like ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' and ''Series/RescueMe'', along with miniseries such as ''Series/BandOfBrothers''. In TheNewTens the division had almost exclusively focused its attention on cable programming, with series like ''Series/UnitedStatesOfTara'', ''Series/FallingSkies'' and ''Series/TheAmericans''. [=DreamWorks=] Television also collaborated with [=DreamWorks=] Animation prior to the division's 2004 spin-off, with series such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Toonsylvania}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride''. With the reorganization of [=DreamWorks=] and Amblin into Amblin Partners, [=DreamWorks=] Television was absorbed into Amblin Entertainment's television division. Amblin Television maintains autonomy from the respective television operations of Participant Media and Entertainment One.

Between 1996 and 2005, [=DreamWorks=] owned a record label called, naturally, Creator/DreamWorksRecords. The roster included Music/GeorgeMichael, Music/PapaRoach, Music/JimmyEatWorld, Music/{{Eels}}, Music/HenryRollins, Music/ElliottSmith, Music/{{Powerman 5000}}, Music/RufusWainwright, Music/RandyNewman, and Creator/JimmyFallon, plus a CountryMusic arm whose main hitmakers were Music/TobyKeith, Music/RandyTravis, and Darryl Worley. Except for their country artists, they were all later acquired by [[Creator/GeffenRecords Geffen's old label]] [[{{Irony}} that he stepped down from]]. The label's logo was designed by Creator/RoyLichtenstein (it was his last commission).

The company also had a video game division in its early years, [=DreamWorks Interactive=], which was sold to Creator/ElectronicArts in 1999 not long before the release of its most successful game, ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', where it is currently named DICE Los Angeles.

Its VanityPlate (with accompanying music by Music/JohnWilliams) features a young boy sitting on a crescent moon while fishing. WordOfGod states it was made by some employees of Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic. Also popularized the marketing term known as "DreamWorksFace".

See also Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, a separate entity (since 2004) that was founded by the same people, which is well known for giving Disney and Creator/{{Pixar}} a run for their money where animated films are concerned. As stated above, [=NBCUniversal=]'s purchase of that studio and the investment in Amblin Partners have, in a way, reunited the two companies once again.

* Creator/DreamWorksAnimation (for animated films)
* Creator/DreamWorksInteractive (for video games)

!!Index of [=DreamWorks=] films with Wiki/TVTropes pages:

* ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'' (with Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/AlmostFamous'' (with Creator/ColumbiaPictures)
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty''
* ''Film/{{Amistad}}'' (with {{Creator/HBO}} Films)
* ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy''
* ''Film/AnythingElse''
* ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'' (with Creator/{{MTV}} Films)
* ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'' (With Creator/TouchstonePictures and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox)
* ''Film/CastAway'' (with Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox)
* ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' (with Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}})
* ''Film/TheContender''
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' (with Creator/{{Universal}}, Creator/{{Paramount}} and Creator/RelativityMedia)
* ''Film/TheCurseOfTheJadeScorpion''
* ''Film/DearDiary'' -- won the studio's first Oscar, for best live-action short film of 1996
* ''Film/DeepImpact'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}})
* ''Film/DinnerForSchmucks'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}})
* ''Film/{{Disturbia}}''
* ''Film/{{Dreamgirls}}'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}})
* Creator/DreamWorksAnimation films (1998-2006; spun off from [=DreamWorks=] in 2004)
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''
** ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' (with Creator/AardmanAnimations and Pathé)
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron''
** ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''
** ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2''
** ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''
** ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'': ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' (with Aardman Animations)
* ''Film/EagleEye''
* ''Film/{{Envy}}'' (with Creator/ColumbiaPictures)
* ''Film/EuroTrip''
* ''Film/{{Evolution}}'' (with Creator/ColumbiaPictures)
* ''Film/FlagsOfOurFathers'' (with Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
** ''Film/LettersFromIwoJima'' (with Creator/WarnerBros, Creator/{{Paramount}} and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/FrightNight2011'' (with Creator/TouchstonePictures)
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest''
* ''Film/GhostInTheShell2017'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}})
* ''Film/GhostTown''
* ''Literature/TheGirlOnTheTrain'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
* ''Film/{{The Haunting 1999}}''
* ''Film/HeadOfState''
* ''Film/TheHeartbreakKid2007''
* ''Film/TheHelp'' (with Creator/TouchstonePictures)
* ''Film/HollywoodEnding''
* ''Film/HotelForDogs'' (with Creator/{{Nickelodeon}})
* ''Literature/HouseOfSandAndFog''
* ''Film/IAmNumberFour'' (with Creator/TouchstonePictures)
* ''Film/ILoveYouMan''
* ''Film/TheIsland'' (with Creator/WarnerBros)
* ''Film/JustLikeHeaven''
* ''Film/TheKiteRunner'' (distributed by Creator/{{Paramount}} Classics)
* ''Film/TheLastCastle''
* ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance''
* ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' (with Creator/TouchstonePictures, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/TheLovelyBones''
* ''Film/MatchPoint'' (with [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Films]])
* ''Film/MeetTheParents'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
** ''Film/MeetTheFockers'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
** ''Film/LittleFockers'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
* ''Film/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' (with Creator/ColumbiaPictures and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/TheMexican''
* ''Film/MinorityReport'' (with Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/MouseHunt''
* ''Film/{{Munich}}'' (with Creator/{{Universal}} and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/NeedForSpeed'' (with Creator/TouchstonePictures)
* ''Film/{{Norbit}}''
* ''Film/OfficeChristmasParty'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}})
* ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}})
* ''Film/{{Paulie}}''
* ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}})
* ''Film/ThePeacemaker''
* ''Film/ThePost'' (with Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox)
* ''Film/RealSteel'' (with Creator/TouchstonePictures)
* ''Film/RedEye''
* ''Film/RevolutionaryRoad'' (with [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Films]] and Creator/{{Paramount}} Vantage)
* ''Film/TheRing''
* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'' (with Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox)
* ''Film/RoadTrip''
* ''Film/TheRuins''
* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}} and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/{{Seabiscuit}}'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
* ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2004'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}} and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}})
* ''Film/ShesOutOfMyLeague'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}})
* ''Film/ShesTheMan''
* ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' (with Creator/{{Universal}} and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/SmallTimeCrooks''
* ''Film/TheSoloist'' (with Creator/{{Universal}})
* ''Film/TheStepfordWives'' (2004) (with Creator/{{Paramount}})
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' (with Creator/WarnerBros)
* ''Film/TheTerminal'' (with Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/TheTimeMachine2002'' (with Creator/WarnerBros)
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}} and Creator/{{Hasbro}})
** ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' (with Creator/{{Paramount}} and Creator/{{Hasbro}})
* ''Film/TropicThunder''
* ''Film/TheTuxedo''
* ''Film/TheUninvited2009''
* ''Literature/WarHorse'' (with Creator/TouchstonePictures and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'' (2005) (with Creator/{{Paramount}} and Creator/AmblinEntertainment)
* ''Film/WhatLiesBeneath'' (with Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox)

!!Index of [=DreamWorks=] TV series with Wiki/TVTropes pages:

* ''Series/TheAmericans'' (with Creator/AmblinEntertainment and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox Television)
* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' (with Creator/{{HBO}})
* ''Series/{{Boomtown}}'' (with [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC Studios]])
* ''Series/FallingSkies'' (with Creator/{{TNT}})
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks''
* ''Series/IntoTheWest''
* ''Series/TheJob'' (with [[Creator/TouchstonePictures Touchstone Television]])
* ''Series/LasVegas'' (with [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC Studios]]/[[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Television]])
* ''Series/OffCentre'' (with [[Creator/WarnerBros Warner Bros. Television]])
* ''Series/OliverBeene'' (with [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox Twentieth Century Fox Television]])
* ''Series/TheOthers'' (with [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC Studios]])
* ''Series/ThePacific''
* ''Series/RescueMe'' (with [[Creator/{{Sony}} Sony Pictures Television]])
* ''Series/{{Smash}}'' (with [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC Studios]]/[[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Television]])
* ''Series/SpinCity''
* ''Series/{{Taken}}''
* ''Series/{{Undeclared}}''
* ''Series/UnitedStatesOfTara''

!!Index of [=DreamWorks=] Records artists with Wiki/TVTropes pages:

* See the Creator/DreamWorksRecords page.