Creator / Illumination Entertainment
Illumination Entertainment is an American film production company, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007. It has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures
and it is based in Santa Monica, California. The company is best known for its 2010 animated feature Despicable Me
, which was the first film by the company. The spin-off prequel Minions
was released in summer 2015. They also made The Secret Life of Pets
, with the World of Funny Animals
due for 2016.
In April 2016, Universal's parent company Comcast/NBCUniversal
announced that it would purchase Illumination competitor DreamWorks Animation
for $3.8 billion. The effects of the acquisition to Illumination wasn't made clear, though it's expected to remain a separate brand from DreamWorks for the time being. This makes DWA a sister brand to Illumination alongside Focus Features' Laika
stop-motion group, though because it is independent from Focus and is run entirely by Nike co-founder Travis Knight, Meledandri and now-ex DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg (who currently is in semi-retirement) have zero authority over Laika.
List of films produced by Illumination Entertainment:
Tropes associated with Illumination Entertainment: