Universal to distribute films by Spielberg's Amblin

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg is returning to Universal Pictures.

The Hollywood studio said Wednesday it would distribute movies produced by a new company co-owned by the Oscar-winning director behind films like "Jurassic Park" and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial."

The company, Amblin Partners, combines Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One.

DreamWorks' offices are based on the Universal lot in Universal City, California, but since 2009, its films have been distributed by The Walt Disney Co.

Under the multi-year deal, Universal and its subsidiary Focus Features will distribute four to seven films from Amblin Partners per year in the U.S. and some overseas markets. The first, "The Girl on the Train," will be released in October.

Disney will still release films "The BFG" and "The Light Between Oceans" next year.

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