Jeffrey Katzenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg

  • Highest Rated: 100% For the Love of Spock (2016)
  • Lowest Rated: 36% Shark Tale (2004)
  • Birthday: Dec 21, 1950
  • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950 in New York City) is an Jewish American film producer and CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG. He is perhaps most famous for his period as studio chairman at The Walt Disney Company, and for producing the movie Shrek (2001). 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 Michael Eisner. In 1984, 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, including its ailing Feature Animation unit. As the studio head, Katzenberg was responsible for turning the studio around and creating some of the most critically acclaimed and highest grossing animated features that Disney released: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991, the first animated feature to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture), Aladdin (1992), and The Lion King (1994), the highest domestic grossing animated film of all time until 2003. He also sealed the deal that created the highly successful partnership between Pixar and Disney and the deal that brought Miramax Films into Disney. When Eisner's second in command, Frank Wells, died in a helicopter crash in 1994, Eisner refused to promote Katzenberg to the vacated position of president. When Katzenberg pushed the issue, Eisner forced him to resign. Katzenberg launched a lawsuit against Disney to recover money he felt he was owed and settled out of court for an estimated $100 to $250 million (the actual amount remains secret). Later that year, Katzenberg co-founded DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. From his ventures, Katzenberg has gained an estimated worth of $800 million according to Forbes magazine (this after barely being able to afford the $30 million downpayment for the establishment of DreamWorks SKG). He was also an executive producer of Prince of Egypt (1998) and Joseph: King of Dreams (2000), released by DreamWorks. DreamWorks was initially successful but never fulfilled its potential. Plans for a studio campus in L.A.'s Playa Vista section were scrapped, while the record label and videogame unit were sold off. Recently, Geffen admitted that DreamWorks had come close to bankruptcy twice. Under Katzenberg's watch, the studio suffered a $125 million loss on Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, and also overestimated the DVD demand for Shrek 2. In 2005, out of their two large budget pictures, The Island bombed at the domestic box office, while War of the Worlds was produced as a joint effort with Paramount which was the first to reap the profits. The DreamWorks studio was sold to Viacom in December 2005; as Viacom also owned Paramount, Katzenberg was (in a way) reunited with his old employers. In 2006, Katzenberg made an appearance on the fifth season of The Apprentice. He awarded the task winners an opportunity to be character voices in an upcoming movie. Katzenberg joined Steven Spielberg and Haim Saban in endorsing the re-election of Hollywood friend Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican Governor of California, on August 7, 2006. Jeffrey Katzenberg has raised more than $1.7 million in a fundraising for Democratic 2008 Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% For the Love of Spock Actor 2016
80% Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk? Actor 2016
84% Seduced And Abandoned Actor 2013
70% Waking Sleeping Beauty Actor $33.6K 2010
No Score Yet The Tech of Shrek 2 Actor 2004
36% Shark Tale Executive Producer $160.8M 2004
89% Shrek 2 Producer Executive Producer $436.5M 2004
45% Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Producer $26.4M 2003
70% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron Producer $73.3M 2002
88% Shrek Producer $267M 2001
97% Chicken Run Executive Producer $106.7M 2000
48% The Road to El Dorado Director Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet Joseph: King of Dreams Executive Producer Producer 2000
80% The Prince of Egypt Executive Producer 1998

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Contender
2005-2009
Executive Producer
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004-2017
Appearing
  • 2006
30% Father of the Pride
2004
Executive Producer
  • 2004

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