Jeff Small is the President and Co-CEO of Amblin Partners. Small joined the company as President and Chief Operating Officer in 2006 under its previous name, DreamWorks Studios, and was promoted to his current post in 2016. Small played a pivotal role in the creation of Amblin Partners, and is responsible for all key business operations of the company, while helping shape the overall corporate strategy alongside Chairman Steven Spielberg and CEO Michael Wright. He oversees Finance, Business and Legal Affairs, Physical Production, Human Resources, Communications and Administration for the Company, and manages the company’s relationships with its financial and distribution partners.
In 2015, Small led the efforts to launch Amblin Partners, together with Participant Media, Reliance, and Entertainment One, and a consortium of banks led by JPMorgan Chase and Comerica Bank. He also oversaw the negotiation of the company’s distribution agreement with Universal Pictures, aligning Amblin Partners with the industry’s premier marketing and distribution organization.
In 2009, Small shepherded the re-launching of a newly independent DreamWorks Studios, following its separation from Paramount Pictures. He led the company’s efforts to secure $825 million in capital from India’s Reliance BIG Entertainment and a consortium of banks led by JPMorgan Securities, creating a strong financial base for the studio’s future. He also oversaw the negotiation of the company’s worldwide distribution agreement with The Walt Disney Studios.
Prior to DreamWorks, Small spent six years at Revolution Studios, first serving as the company’s head of Strategic Planning and Business Development, then as Chief Financial Officer, and eventually, COO. In that role, he oversaw Financial and Strategic Planning, Corporate Treasury, Business Development, Production Finance, Accounting and Operations for Revolution, and managed the company’s international distribution partners. Among other key projects, he oversaw a $750 million leveraged recapitalization of Revolution Studios and its 47-picture library.
Prior to joining Revolution, Small spent several years with Universal Studios after beginning his career in the Walt Disney Company Motion Picture Group. He is a graduate of Stanford University and a native of Marietta, Georgia.