David Ellison

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David Ellison
Born (1983-01-09) January 9, 1983 (age 41)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Occupation(s)Film producer, actor
Years active2005–present
TitleFounder and CEO, Skydance Media
Sandra Lynn Modic
(m. 2011)
FamilyMegan Ellison (sister)

David Ellison (born January 9, 1983) is an American film producer, son of multibillionaire Larry Ellison, and the founder and CEO of Skydance Media.

Early life and education[edit]

David Ellison was born in Santa Clara County, California. He is the son of billionaire Oracle Corporation co-founder and chairman Larry Ellison, and his ex-wife, Barbara Boothe Ellison. His father is of Italian and Jewish heritage.[1] David attended the University of Southern California.[2][3] He has one sister, film producer Megan Ellison, who founded Annapurna Pictures.[1]


Ellison is the CEO and founder of Skydance Media. In 2010, with his father then the sixth richest person in the world, and a partnership deal with Paramount, Skydance was able to raise $350 million in equity and credit to co-finance and co-produce movies.[4] The company's films include Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Annihilation, World War Z, True Grit, Jack Reacher, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond and many more. With the 2010 transaction, Ellison was named to Variety's Dealmaker list for 2010[5] and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2011.[6]

As an actor, Ellison has performed in the films Flyboys, Little Fish, Strange Pond and Hole in One.

Ellison's company Skydance Media expanded in 2013 with the launch of its television division. He has executive produced shows such as Altered Carbon, and Grace and Frankie.

In 2014, Ellison launched a new line of men's clothing, called the "LANAI Collection."[7]

In 2017, Ellison helped launch Skydance Animation in partnership with Spain's Ilion Animation Studios.[8]

In 2018, he announced that Skydance Media had partnered with Tencent Holdings Limited.[9]

In January 2024, it was reported that Ellison was interested to buy Paramount Global's parent company National Amusements from Shari Redstone. If the acquisition comes true, it would be placed under his company Skydance.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ellison is a licensed pilot with instrument ratings for helicopter aviation, aerobatics, commercial aviation, fixed-wing aircraft, and multi-engine aircraft. In 2003, aged 20, he was selected to perform as part of Sean D. Tucker's "Stars of Tomorrow" aerobatic team at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.[11]

Ellison is a member of the Producers Guild of America and Television Academy.[12]

He married Sandra Lynn Modic, an actress and singer, on October 1, 2011, in Palm Springs, California.[13]



Executive producer


Year Film Role Notes
2005 The Chumscrubber Student #1
When All Else Fails Mike Williams Short film
2006 Flyboys Eddie Beagle
2009 Hole in One Tyler Hayden
Little Fish, Strange Pond Romeo Direct-to-video
Year Film Notes
2005 When All Else Fails Short film
Year Film Notes
2005 When All Else Fails Short film
Year Film Notes
2013 Phantom Special thanks


Executive producer
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Blank Slate Blake Feltzer Television film
2010 Leverage Ballard


  1. ^ a b Matthew Symonds, Larry Ellison. Software: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle Simon and Schuster, 2004. pp332-333
  2. ^ Fritz, Ben, "Ellison: more than a trust fund kid?" Archived October 31, 2018, at the Wayback Machine, Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Masters, Kim, "How David Ellison, Son of Larry Ellison, Scored Big With 'True Grit'" Archived April 29, 2021, at the Wayback Machine, Hollywood Reporter, March 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Eller, Claudia (August 16, 2010). "David Ellison raises $350 million to co-fund movies with Paramount". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  5. ^ Lowry, Tom. "Paramount-Skydance deal: Dealmakers Impact Report 2010" Archived November 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Variety.com, December 9, 2010.
  6. ^ Dorothy Pomerantz, Michael K. Ozanian and David M. Ewalt. "Forbes 30 Under 30" Archived February 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, "Forbes.com", December 19, 2011.
  7. ^ Bort, Julie (December 4, 2014). "Larry Ellison's Son Launches A Clothing Line Inspired By His Dad's Hawaiian Island". Business Insider. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (March 16, 2017). "David Ellison's Skydance Launching Animation Division With Spain's Ilion". Variety. Archived from the original on August 29, 2022. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Skydance Media Announces Strategic Investment by Tencent Holdings Limited". www.businesswire.com. January 25, 2018. Archived from the original on May 3, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "David Ellison Makes Offer for Redstone Family's Media Empire". Bloomberg.com. January 24, 2024. Retrieved January 26, 2024.
  11. ^ EAA News Archived December 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine; accessed October 26, 2015.
  12. ^ "Execs Archive". Skydance Media. Archived from the original on May 27, 2022. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "Tom Cruise Wedding Dance Battle...Caught On Tape". TMZ. June 10, 2011. Archived from the original on May 30, 2022. Tom and Katie were in Palm Springs this weekend celebrating the wedding of Sandy Modic and David Ellison.

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