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David Ellison (born 9 January 1983; age 37) is an actor and film producer who worked as Executive Producer on 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness.  Ellison founded the production company Skydance Productions in 2006 and collaborated with Paramount Pictures on several feature films. Ellison is also Executive Producer on the 2016 sequel Star Trek Beyond.
Ellison is the son of billionaire software mogul Larry Ellison. He started acting in 2005 when he played a student in the comedy The Chumscrubber. The same year he wrote, directed, produced and starred in the short thriller When All Else Fails. Further acting work includes the drama Flyboys (2006), the television thriller Blank Slate (2008, with Clancy Brown and Richard Cox), the comedy Little Fish, Strange Pond (2009, with Don McManus and Paul Lacovara), the Leverage episode "The Three Strikes Job" (2010, with Jeri Ryan and Mark Sheppard), and the comedy Hole in One (2010, with Rico E. Anderson).
After he produced the shorts films The Sound of Football (2004) and Somebody Else (2005), Ellison worked as executive producer for Skydance Productions on the western True Grit (2010), the action sequel Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011, with Simon Pegg), the comedy My Mother's Curse (2012, with Adam Scott and Brett Cullen), the science fiction sequel G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation (2012, with Dwayne Johnson), the horror film World War Z (2012), and the thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2013, starring Chris Pine). He also worked as producer on the action film Jack Reacher (2012, with Nicole Forester).
More recent projects as producer include the science fiction sequel Terminator: Genisys (2015), the action sequel Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), the action film Geostorm (2016), and the television series Manhattan (2014, with Mark Moses) and Grace and Frankie (2015). Announced are the projects World War Z 2, Top Gun 2, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Africa, and two Terminator sequels for 2017 and 2018.