Monday, October 08, 2007

Dreamworks Animation SKG CEO to visit SJSU

From the President's Office:

President Don Kassing will moderate a conversation with Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO and director of DreamWorks Animation SKG, on Thursday, October 11, from 2 to 3:15 pm in Morris Daily Auditorium. The campus community is cordially invited to attend and get an inside view of the company and movie-making from this undisputed giant in the industry; there will be a question-and-answer segment for the audience at the end of the conversation.

A pioneer in computer-generated animation, Dreamworks is the creator of Academy Award-winning Shrek, Shark Tale, and Shrek 2, the third-highest grossing movie of all time. Upcoming new releases include Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar: The Crate Escape.

Jeffrey Katzenberg co-founded and was a principal member of DreamWorks Studios from its founding in October 1994 until its sale to Paramount in January 2006. Prior to founding DreamWorks Studios, Katzenberg served as chairman of the board of The Walt Disney Studios from 1984 to 1994. As chairman, he was responsible for the worldwide production, marketing and distribution of all Disney filmed entertainment, including motion pictures, television, cable, syndication, home entertainment and interactive entertainment. During his tenure, the studio produced a number of live-action and animated box office hits, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. Prior to joining Disney, Katzenberg was president of Paramount Studios.

Katzenberg's visit is hosted by the Animation/Illustration Department of the School of Art and Design. As part of his visit, Katzenberg will lunch with department faculty, students and invited guests, tour the Animation/Illustration facilities, and review students' work.

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