2008
DreamWorks
on its way back to independence: The studio closes a deal with Indian investment firm Reliance ADA Group to create a stand-alone production company called DreamWorks Studios, ending its ties with Paramount.

One year later, DreamWorks Studios enter into a 30-picture distribution deal with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

This deal is not going to be renewed, with Steven Spielberg’s The BFG (2016) being the last film to be released by Disney.

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2006
The dream is over
as the US economic crisis affects the film industry: Twelve years after its founding, DreamWorks SKG (coming close to bankruptcy twice) is sold to Viacom, parent company of Paramount Pictures, for $1.6 billion – with Spielberg remaining “principal partner” of DreamWorks.

Spielberg’s collaboration with Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ends. For his next projects, he returns to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.