Illumination Entertainment owned by Universal Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal, which is a division of Comcast. Universal Pictures also owns DreamWorks Animation. Illumination was founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007. Before he founded Illumination, he worked in both Disney and Fox Animation. After NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks in 2016, Meledandri have helped both DreamWorks and Illumination.