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Kirk Douglas donates $20M to entertainment industry charity

Kirk Douglas donates $20M to entertainment industry charity

LOS ANGELES, July 31 (UPI) -- Film star Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, have donated $20 million to Hollywood's Motion Picture & Television Fund, MPTF chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg said.

DreamWorks acquires Classic Media

GLENDALE, Calif., July 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood's DreamWorks Animation says it has acquired Classic Media, owner of hundreds of titles, including the Golden Books library.
Stars line up for Obama fundraiser

Stars line up for Obama fundraiser

LOS ANGELES, May 11 (UPI) -- A sizeable portion of Hollywood's A list gathered at actor George Clooney's home Thursday for a fundraiser for President Barack Obama.
Stars line up for Obama fundraiser

Stars line up for Obama fundraiser

LOS ANGELES, May 10 (UPI) -- A sizeable portion of Hollywood's A list gathered at actor George Clooney's home Thursday for a fundraiser for President Barack Obama.
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Clooney, Katzenberg to host Obama fundraiser

Clooney, Katzenberg to host Obama fundraiser

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- George Clooney and Jeffrey Katzenberg are planning a fundraiser for U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, "Entertainment Tonight" said.

DreamWorks to open studio in China

GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- DreamWorks Animation said it plans to build a studio in Shanghai to tap what they expect will be "the No. 1 media market in the world."
'Puss in Boots' claws its way to $507M

'Puss in Boots' claws its way to $507M

GLENDALE, Calif., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The "Shrek" spinoff "Puss in Boots" has surpassed the $500 million milestone at the global box office, Hollywood's DreamWorks Animation LLC said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.
By United Press International
DreamWorks Animation taps Disney vet

DreamWorks Animation taps Disney vet

GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- DreamWorks Animation has retained Disney veteran Chuck Viane as a consultant to shape the company's future distribution strategy.
Netflix, DreamWorks ink new deal

Netflix, DreamWorks ink new deal

LOS GATOS, Calif., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. video and movie giant Netflix and DreamWorks Animation SKG said Monday they have signed a new multi-year licensing agreement.
Hilton and Katzenberg break up

Hilton and Katzenberg break up

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- U.S. hotel heiress Nicky Hilton and her producer boyfriend David Katzenberg have broken up after dating for about four years, sources told the New York Post.
Shoah Foundation to honor Katzenberg

Shoah Foundation to honor Katzenberg

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Steven Spielberg is to present U.S. producer and philanthropist Jeffrey Katzenberg with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's Ambassadors for Humanity Award.
Howard, Grazer to get humanitarian award

Howard, Grazer to get humanitarian award

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 5 (UPI) -- The Simon Wiesenthal Center says it plans to present film director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer with its 2010 Humanitarian Award.
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American producer Jeffrey Katzenberg attends the premiere of "Kung Fu Panda" at Vue, Leicester Square in London on June 26, 2008. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950) is an American film producer and CEO of DreamWorks Animation. He is perhaps most famous for his period as chairman of The Walt Disney Company's film division, and for producing DreamWorks animated films such as Shrek, Antz, The Prince of Egypt, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, How to Train Your Dragon, Megamind, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

Katzenberg tried being a talent agent briefly, but in 1975 ended up as an assistant to Barry Diller, the Chairman of Paramount Pictures. Diller moved Katzenberg to the marketing department and then the television division where Katzenberg was assigned to revive the Star Trek franchise. He was successful with Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). He continued to work his way up and became President of Production under Chief Operating Officer (COO) Michael Eisner.

In 1984, Michael Eisner became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at The Walt Disney Company. Eisner brought Katzenberg with him to take charge of Disney’s motion picture divisions. As the studio head, Katzenberg was responsible for turning the studio around. He first had the studio focus on the production of adult-oriented comedies under its Touchstone Pictures banner, including films such as Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Three Men and a Baby (1987), and the "Ernest" series.

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