Katzenberg to receive Academy’s Humanitarian Award

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Jef­frey Katzenberg

The Board of Gov­er­nors of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences has voted to present the Jean Her­sholt Human­i­tar­ian Award to Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion CEO Jef­frey Katzenberg.

The award will be pre­sented at the Academy’s 4th Annual Gov­er­nors Awards din­ner on Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 1 at The Ray Dolby Ball­room at Hol­ly­wood & High­land Center.

A stu­dio exec­u­tive, film pro­ducer and phil­an­thropist, Katzen­berg has been instru­men­tal in rais­ing money for edu­ca­tion, art and health-related causes, par­tic­u­larly those ben­e­fit­ing the motion pic­ture indus­try. Dur­ing more than two decades as chair­man of the board for the Motion Pic­ture and Tele­vi­sion Fund, he helped to raise $200 mil­lion for the orga­ni­za­tion, cre­ated “The Night Before” event and worked to expand the MPTF campus.

He also serves on the boards of such orga­ni­za­tions as the Cal­i­for­nia Insti­tute of the Arts, Cedars-Sinai Med­ical Cen­ter, AIDS Project Los Ange­les, the Gef­fen Play­house, The Michael J. Fox Foun­da­tion for Parkinson’s Research, the Simon Wiesen­thal Cen­ter and the USC School of Cin­e­matic Arts.

Katzen­berg, who has had a long career as a pro­ducer, notably along­side Steven Spiel­berg, is today the head of Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion, a stu­dio with such hits as “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Mada­gas­car.”

He was nom­i­nated for an Oscar in 2003 for the ani­mated film “Spirit: Stal­lion of the Cimar­ron,” but lost to Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spir­ited Away.”

The Jean Her­sholt Human­i­tar­ian Award, an Oscar stat­uette, is given to an indi­vid­ual in the motion pic­ture indus­try whose human­i­tar­ian efforts have brought credit to the industry.

The Gov­er­nors Awards pre­sen­ta­tion will be pro­duced for the Acad­emy by mar­ket­ing exec­u­tive Cheryl Boone Isaacs with the Don Mis­cher Pro­duc­tion team, led by Don Mis­cher, Char­lie Haykel and Juliane Hare.

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