69 years old Jeffrey Katzenberg is an American director, film executive, film producer, and media proprietor. He is better known for his holding position of chairman of Walt Disney Studios for 10 years and co-founder and CEO of Dream Works Animation.
American producer Jeffrey Katzenberg was born on 21st December 1950 in New York City. He belongs to a Jewish family, father Walter Katzenberg was a stockbroker and mother Anne Katzenberg was an artist.
Jeffrey volunteered to work on Republican John Lindsay’s New York mayoral campaign at the age of 14. He graduated in 1969 from Ethical Culture Fieldston School.
The executive producer started his career as an assistant to producer David Picker then assist Barry Diller the chairman of Paramount Picture in 1974. Diller moved him to the marketing department to do other assignments within the studio.
As a result, Katzenberg came into noticed when he revived the Star Trek franchise by Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He worked hard and became president of a production under Paramount’s president.
Director Jeffrey Katzenberg is a married man for a long time with a kindergarten teacher Marilyn Siegel in 1975. Its been 44 years of marriage and still going strong with love and respect for each other.
Also, the couple had twin children Laura Katzenberg and David Katzenberg born in 1983. David is also a producer and director.
CEO of DreamWork Animation Jeffrey has worked hard to gain himself name and fame in Hollywood, according to the source his net worth rise around $1.6 billion after Comcast buys DreamWork Animation.
He was also ranked The Forbes 400 richest Americans in 2004 with the net worth of $800 million and in 2005, he was also included in World’s Billionaires list in 2005 with a net worth of $ 1 billion.
Katzenberg had a property in many places he sold his 14,100 square foot home Utah cabin for $11.6 million.
Likewise, his Beverly Hills 9,173 square feet house worth $9.4 million in 2012.
Director Jeffrey started his career as an assistant to producer David Picker, then he worked as an assistant to the chairman of Paramount Picture. And also revived the Star Trek franchise and released Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Furthermore, he took charge of Disney’s motion picture division, he focused the studio on the production of adult-oriented comedies through its Touch Stone Picture banner. Under his management, the animation department eventually began creating some of Disney’s most critically acclaimed and highest grossing animated features. Along with Beauty and the Beast (1991) which was the first animated feature to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture Aladdin (1992), and The Lion King (1994).
Above all Katzenberg resign from the company in October after the position of president was vacant due to some issue. He also filed a lawsuit against Disney to recover the money that he had owned and settled out of court for $250 million.
American producer co-founded DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen and took responsibility for animation operation. Their feature films have successful financially and critically with Academy Awards wins and nominations
Later, he separated the DreamWorks SFK and called as DreamWorks Animation in 2004, some movies made by Dreamworks are How to Train Your Dragon series, Kung Fu Panda series, The Boss Baby which all made pretty well in the box office.
Similarly, Dreamworks owner also introduced WndrCo which aimed to reinvent tv for mobiles in January 2017. Eventually, in 2018 he also announced a new video streaming platform Quibi, designed content for smartphones.
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