David Ellison

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David Ellison
Born (1983-01-09) January 9, 1983 (age 40)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Occupation(s)Founder and CEO, Skydance Media, film producer
Years active2005–present
Sandra Lynn Modic
(m. 2011)
Parent(s)Larry Ellison
Barbara Boothe
FamilyMegan Ellison (sister)

David Ellison (born January 9, 1983) is an American film producer and actor best known as 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]

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.[10]

Ellison is a member of the Producers Guild of America and Television Academy.[11]

He married Sandra Lynn Modic, an actress and singer, on October 1, 2011 in Palm Springs, California.[12]



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?", Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Masters, Kim, "How David Ellison, Son of Larry Ellison, Scored Big With 'True Grit'", Hollywood Reporter, March 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Eller, Claudia (2010-08-16). "David Ellison raises $350 million to co-fund movies with Paramount". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  5. ^ Lowry, Tom. "Paramount-Skydance deal: Dealmakers Impact Report 2010", Variety.com, 9 December 2010.
  6. ^ Dorothy Pomerantz, Michael K. Ozanian and David M. Ewalt. "Forbes 30 Under 30", "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 (2017-03-16). "David Ellison's Skydance Launching Animation Division With Spain's Ilion". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  9. ^ "Skydance Media Announces Strategic Investment by Tencent Holdings Limited". www.businesswire.com. 2018-01-25. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  10. ^ EAA News Archived 2010-12-14 at the Wayback Machine; accessed October 26, 2015.
  11. ^ "Execs Archive". Skydance Media. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  12. ^ "Tom Cruise Wedding Dance Battle...Caught On Tape". TMZ. June 10, 2011. Tom and Katie were in Palm Springs this weekend celebrating the wedding of Sandy Modic and David Ellison.

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