Jeffery Katzenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg
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Jeffrey Katzenberg currently serves as Chairman of DreamWorks New Media, following the sale of DreamWorks Animation SKG to Comcast for $3.8 billion. In 1994, along with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, he co-founded DreamWorks SKG, which produced celebrated films including three Best Picture Academy Award winners—American Beauty, Gladiator, and A Beautiful Mind. In 2004, DreamWorks Animation became a publicly traded company with Katzenberg at the helm.

Under Katzenberg’s leadership, DreamWorks Animation became the largest animation studio in the world, releasing 32 animated feature films that earned 16 Academy Award nominations and two wins for Best Animated Feature.

Prior to co-founding DreamWorks, Katzenberg was Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. During his tenure, the studio produced such landmark animated films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King,and Beauty and the Beast—the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar—as well as other hits including Good Morning, Vietnam; Three Men and a Baby; Dead Poets Society; Pretty Woman; Father of the Bride, and Sister Act. He previously served as President of Paramount Studios, where he was involved in now-classic films including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Best Picture Academy Award® winners Ordinary People and Terms of Endearment.

In 2013, Katzenberg received the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes. With his wife, Marilyn, Katzenberg supports and leads fundraising efforts for dozens of local, national, and international organizations focused on healthcare, HIV/AIDS, education, the arts, Jewish causes, children, civic improvement and the environment.