Katzenberg to receive Academy’s Humanitarian Award

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Jeffrey Katzenberg

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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