Jeffrey Katzenberg

Executive, Political aide
One of the most powerful and controversial figures in the business of American moviemaking since the early 1980s, Jeffrey Katzenberg was the CEO of DreamWorks Animation and a principal partner in DreamWorks SKG, a film ... Read more »
Born: 12/21/1950 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (12)

Neighbors From Hell 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Contender 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Father of the Pride 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shark Tale 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shrek 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Joseph: King of Dreams 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (7)

Inventing David Geffen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Apprentice 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Poultry in Motion: The Making of Chicken Run 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Steven Spielberg: An Empire of Dreams 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor
Executive (3)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 (Movie)

(DreamWorks Animation) (Studio Executive)

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Production Executive

The Penguins of Madagascar 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Production Executive

Biography

One of the most powerful and controversial figures in the business of American moviemaking since the early 1980s, Jeffrey Katzenberg was the CEO of DreamWorks Animation and a principal partner in DreamWorks SKG, a film studio he created with Steven Spielberg and music mogul David Geffen. Under his watch, DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation released some of the most successful films of the 1990s and 2000s, including three consecutive Oscar winners for Best Picture and the phenomenally successful "Shrek" (2001) animated franchise. Prior to his tenure at DreamWorks, Katzenberg was in charge of motion pictures at Walt Disney Pictures, where he reversed the venerable animation studio's declining fortunes and shepherded some of the biggest hits in its history, including "The Little Mermaid" (1999) and "The Lion King" (1994). He also brokered the deal to bring Pixar Studios and Miramax into the Disney fold before a much-publicized dismissal by CEO Michael Eisner.

Relationships

Anne Katzenberg

Mother

Laura Katzenberg

Daughter
Twin of David born March, 22, 1983 mother, Marilyn Siegel

David Katzenberg

Son
Twin of Laura born March, 22, 1983 mother, Marilyn Siegel

Marilyn Siegel

Wife
Married c. 1975

EDUCATION

Fieldston School

Riverdale , New York

Dropped out of college by age 19

Milestones

2006

Appeared on fifth season of "The Apprentice" (NBC)

2006

Executive produced reality series "The Contender" with creator Mark Burnett

2005

DreamWorks movie studio sold to Viacom (December)

2004

Headed Dreamworks Animation (DWA), which was spun off from Dreamworks as a separate company

2003

Under Katzenberg's watch, the studio suffered a $125 million loss on "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas"

2001

Served as one of the producers of the hit animated feature "Shrek"

1999

Replaced Robert Cooper as head of production at DreamWorks

1999

Judge ruled Katzenberg did not forfeit bonus by leaving company and was thereby entitled to back interest and any monies owed; monetary issues finally settled in July with exact terms not disclosed

1998

Executive produced "The Prince of Egypt," an animated feature drawn from the biblical stories of Moses

1997

Reached partial settlement with Walt Disney Co. thereby averting a public trial (November 7)

1996

Filed $250 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against former employer Walt Disney Co. (April 9)

1994

Announced, along with mogal David Geffen and Steven Spielberg, the formation of DreamWorks SKG, a new studio that would produce projects on a more cost efficient level to compete with the major studios

1994

Announced his departure from Disney in late August

1991

Issued infamous 28-page memo criticizing many aspects of Disney operations (January 11); memo, intended for limited internal readership only, was widely circulated

1984

Named Chairman of Walt Disney Studios

1984

Left Paramount to join the Walt Disney Company

1982

Appointed president of production, Paramount Pictures motion picture and television divisions

1980

Named senior vice-president of production, motion picture division at Paramount

1978

Promoted to vice president for feature film production at Paramount Pictures

1977

Appointed vice president of programming, Paramount TV in Los Angeles, CA

1977

Named executive director of marketing at Paramount Pictures, New York

1975

Entered the film industry as assistant to Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Barry Diller

Began working for NYC mayor-to-be John V. Lindsay's campaign at age 14 (stayed on Lindsay's staff until age 21)

Bonus Trivia

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Alec Baldwin's assessment of Katzenberg: "He's the eighth dwarf – Greedy." – from Vanity Fair magazine, Nov. 11, 1991

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Katzenberg was awarded an honorary doctorate from Ringling College of Art and Design on May 2, 2008.

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Katzenberg on whether there was any Pixar envy at DreamWorks:"Of course, there is. Envy's a good thing, not a bad thing in this. I envy them the consistency and the quality of the work that they've done. They've just done an amazing job. You cannot be in the movie business and not acknowledge that they have achieved something that probably nobody else has ever done, which is, they've had eight movies in a row, and every one of those eight films has been of the highest quality and successful.To make eight films and have every one of them be as good and as successful as they have been is phenomenal and just makes us that much more ambitious in terms of what we want to do." – from the Associated Press, May 19, 2008

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