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


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)


Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 2002 (Movie)


Shrek 2001 (Movie)


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)


Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Apprentice 2006 (Tv Show)


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


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

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


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.


Anne Katzenberg


Laura Katzenberg

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

David Katzenberg

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

Marilyn Siegel

Married c. 1975


Fieldston School

Riverdale , New York

Dropped out of college by age 19



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


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


DreamWorks movie studio sold to Viacom (December)


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


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


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


Replaced Robert Cooper as head of production at DreamWorks


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


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


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


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


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


Announced his departure from Disney in late August


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


Named Chairman of Walt Disney Studios


Left Paramount to join the Walt Disney Company


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


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


Promoted to vice president for feature film production at Paramount Pictures


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


Named executive director of marketing at Paramount Pictures, New York


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


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


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


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