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Some more interesting news in the world of industry shake-ups today, as The Hollywood Reporter has broken the story that Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios will apparently be leaving Disney and going back to Universal after their deal with Disney expires.

Distribution of DreamWorks' films has been handled by Disney since 2009, but the contract is set to expire in August of 2016, right after the release of The BFG. The partnership between the two has been rocky from the start, as then-Disney chairman Dick Cook hashed out the deal on the promise that DreamWorks could participate in other Disney projects and Disney would invest in DreamWorks' films. However, soon after the deal was made, Cook was out and CEO Bob Iger took over with the decision to fully invest in Disney films.

And Spielberg has never fully divested himself from Universal, keeping his offices there even after the deal with Disney was struck. He's been very involved with some of Universal's films, particularly the creation of this summer's monster hit, Jurassic World, and as it's creator, he's expected to have a huge role in shaping the future of the franchise.

No official deal is currently in place between DreamWorks and Universal at the moment, but it seems to be only a matter of time, with the THR article quoting sources as saying that Universal "would welcome the chance to be DreamWorks’ distribution partner."


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