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DreamWorks Animation Chairman Roger Enrico Quits

Roger Enrico

Roger Enrico

Roger Enrico has resigned as chair­man of the board of direc­tors for Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion, effec­tive imme­di­ately, the com­pany announced Thursday.

Dream­Works Animation’s board of direc­tors has named fel­low board mem­ber Mel­lody Hob­son as his successor.

Enrico had served as chair­man of Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion since its incep­tion as a pub­lic com­pany in 2004. He for­merly served as chair­man and chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of Pep­siCo, Inc., where he spent 31 years.

Roger has been an invalu­able leader to our board of direc­tors, and his guid­ance helped put Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion on a path to suc­cess from day one,” com­mented stu­dio CEO Jef­frey Katzen­berg. “On behalf of the board of direc­tors and our entire man­age­ment team, I’d like to deeply thank Roger for his unfail­ing ser­vice over the past eight years and wish him the very best in the future.”

Renee Fleming Singing for Rise of the Guardians Cartoon

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Acclaimed soprano Renee Flem­ing has per­formed the orig­i­nal song “Still Dream” on the sound­track for the upcom­ing Rise of the Guardians, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion announced.

The film also fea­tures a score by four-time Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning com­poser Alexan­dre Desplat. Varese Sara­bande will release the sound­track Novem­ber 13, pre­ced­ing the film’s nation­wide release Novem­ber 21.

The orig­i­nal end-credit song “Still Dream” was writ­ten and pro­duced by Desplat, with lyrics by Rise of the Guardians screen­writer, Grammy nom­i­nee and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Lindsay-Abaire. The com­plete score, recorded at the his­toric Abbey Road in Lon­don and Air Stu­dios, was per­formed by the Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra and fea­tures choral work by Lon­don Voices. To cre­ate the music and lyrics for the orig­i­nal song, Desplat and Lindsay-Abaire drew upon the film’s heroic and sweep­ing story as inspiration.

There is much more music in Rise of the Guardians than is found in the aver­age live-action film,” says Desplat, who con­ducted the Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra in the record­ing of his orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions. “The goal with the score was to empha­size every moment of joy, sad­ness and soul so that audi­ences would be able to dive with the char­ac­ters into their worlds. The main theme — con­vey­ing all the won­der of children’s dreams and their beliefs — became the melody on which I wrote the song.”

Renee Fleming

Renee Flem­ing

This is a truly beau­ti­ful film and I am hon­ored to per­form ‘Still Dream,’ which serves as the per­fect finale for Alexandre’s incred­i­ble film score,” says Fleming.

One of the most beloved and cel­e­brated musi­cal ambas­sadors of our time, soprano Renee Flem­ing cap­ti­vates audi­ences with her sump­tu­ous voice, con­sum­mate artistry, and com­pelling stage pres­ence. Known as “the people’s diva” and named 2012 Female Singer of the Year by the Ger­man Echo awards, she con­tin­ues to grace the world’s great­est opera stages and con­cert halls, now extend­ing her reach to include other musi­cal forms and media.

Flem­ing is a three-time Grammy Award win­ner. Last June, in a his­toric first, she sang on the bal­cony of Buck­ing­ham Palace for the Dia­mond Jubilee of Queen Eliz­a­beth II.

Four-time Acad­emy Award nom­i­nee Desplat is one of the most cov­eted film com­posers in the world today, noted for his cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tions with some of the world’s top film­mak­ers. Desplat has scored a wide range of acclaimed films and received Oscar nom­i­na­tions for his music in Fan­tas­tic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, The Curi­ous Case of Ben­jamin But­ton and The Queen. Desplat received the Golden Globe for his orig­i­nal score for The Painted Veil and has been nom­i­nated for three Grammy Awards, win­ning one for The King’s Speech.

Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play­wright, screen­writer, lyri­cist and libret­tist. He was nom­i­nated for a Grammy Award and two Tonys for his work on Shrek The Musi­cal: Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

His most recent play, Good Peo­ple, pre­miered on Broad­way last sea­son, and was awarded the 2011 New York Drama Crit­ics Cir­cle Award for Best Play, The Hor­ton Foote Prize, The Edger­ton Foun­da­tion New Amer­i­can Play Award and two Tony nom­i­na­tions. His pre­vi­ous play, Rab­bit Hole, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nom­i­na­tions and the Spirit of Amer­ica Award.

In addi­tion to his work in the­atre, his screen cred­its include his film adap­ta­tion of Rab­bit Hole, as well as the upcom­ing fea­ture Rise of the Guardians.

Rise of the Guardians is an epic adven­ture that tells the story of a group of heroes — each with extra­or­di­nary abil­i­ties. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gaunt­let to take over the world, the immor­tal Guardians must join forces for the first time to pro­tect the hopes, beliefs and imag­i­na­tion of chil­dren all over the world. The film stars Alec Bald­win, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Chris Pine and Hugh Jackman.

Rise of the Guardians is directed by Peter Ram­sey, writ­ten by Lindsay-Abaire, pro­duced by Christina Stein­berg and Nancy Bern­stein, and exec­u­tive pro­duced by William Joyce and Guillermo del Toro.

Meet The Croods, The New Animated Stone-age Family

The Croods

The Croods

With Dream­Works Animation’s “Rise Of The Guardians” win­ning all kinds of awards– even before it is released– the next movie is the com­pany pipeline is start­ing to get some love. “The Croods” is on deck and ready to show it’s stuff. First look is now avail­able with the first trailer from the ani­mated film now available.

The story of a stone-age fam­ily make make you think back to Hanna-Barbera’s The Flint­stones, but other than shar­ing a time-period, there is no sim­i­lar­ity. The film takes us back to a pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered era in the his­tory of our planet known as the Crooda­ceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before-seen crea­tures and landscapes.

The Croods stars Nico­las Cage as Grug, the patri­arch of the fam­ily. As he takes his fam­ily intro a dan­ger­ous new world, they meet Guy, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, who takes the fam­ily on a wilder ride than they ever thought pos­si­ble. Emma Stone  and Cather­ine Keener are also voices in this film.

The film is directed  and writ­ten by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps). The film is pro­duced by Kris­tine Bel­son and Jane Hartwell. The Croods releases to the­aters on March 22, 2013 in both stereo­scopic 3-D and 2-D.

Rise of the Guardians to get Award at Rome Fest

Rise of the Guardians

Rise of the Guardians

The Rome Film Fes­ti­val (Fes­ti­val Inter­nazionale del Film di Roma, Novem­ber 9 to 17, Audi­to­rium Parco della Musica) and Van­ity Fair will award the new Van­ity Fair Inter­na­tional Award for Cin­e­matic Excel­lence this year to Rise of the Guardians, the lat­est 3D film by Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG.

This new acknowl­edg­ment by the fes­ti­val is ded­i­cated to a film that best expresses the inno­v­a­tive, artis­tic and strate­gic con­tri­bu­tion made by pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion com­pa­nies that have dis­tin­guished them­selves in the world of con­tem­po­rary cin­ema. Direc­tor Peter Ram­sey will accept the award on behalf of the film and Dream­Works Animation.

The awards cer­e­mony will be fol­lowed by the inter­na­tional the­atri­cal pre­miere of Rise of the Guardians, dis­trib­uted on Novem­ber 21, and inspired by the series of illus­trated books Rise of the Guardians by William Joyce. The cer­e­mony and screen­ing will also be attended by Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion CEO Jef­frey Katzen­berg and exec­u­tive pro­ducer Guillermo del Toro.

It is exhil­a­rat­ing to receive this recog­ni­tion from Van­ity Fair, and we are hon­ored that they share in our excite­ment for what we believe is an incred­i­ble film in Rise of the Guardians,” said Bill Dam­aschke, chief cre­ative offi­cer at Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. “We couldn’t think of a more thrilling place at which to make our inter­na­tional the­atri­cal debut at the Rome Film Fes­ti­val as we look for­ward to pre­sent­ing Rise of the Guardians to audi­ences world­wide start­ing this hol­i­day season.”

Rise of the Guardians has been an incred­i­ble jour­ney for the entire cre­ative team, and we are hum­bled by this early acco­lade by Van­ity Fair and the Rome Film Fes­ti­val,” con­tin­ued Ram­sey. “We are look­ing for­ward to the film mak­ing its inter­na­tional debut here in Rome.”

Rise of the Guardians is an epic adven­ture that tells the story of a group of heroes — each with extra­or­di­nary abil­i­ties. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gaunt­let to take over the world, the immor­tal Guardians must join forces for the first time to pro­tect the hopes, beliefs and imag­i­na­tion of chil­dren all over the world.

The film stars Chris Pine, Alec Bald­win, Jude Law, Isla Fisher and Hugh Jack­man. Ram­sey directs a screen­play writ­ten by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Rise of the Guardians is pro­duced by Christina Stein­berg and Nancy Bern­stein. Joyce and del Toro serve as exec­u­tive producers.

Wallen New CTO at DreamWorks Animation

Lincoln Wallen

Lin­coln Wallen

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion has announced they have pro­moted Lin­coln Wallen as their new CTO, replac­ing cur­rent CTO Ed Leonard. Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion has juts released Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,  and is releas­ing the highly antic­i­pated Rise Of The Guardians next month.

Wallen joined DWA in 2008 as head of research and devel­op­ment, and has recently risen to head of ani­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. He has also served as CTO at the game com­pany Elec­tronic Arts Mobile where he was instru­men­tal in shap­ing EA’s approach to the mobile busi­ness. Prior to join­ing EA, Lin­coln was with Cri­te­rion Soft­ware and Math­Engine. His early career involved 20 years of pro­fes­sional IT and math­e­mat­ics research, includ­ing two years as BP Ven­ture Research Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Austin, and lat­terly as a Reader in Com­puter Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Oxford.

For­mer CTO Ed Leonard is now run­ning a mobile app effort called Ptch which started at at Dream­Works. Leonard was instru­men­tal in tran­si­tion­ing Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion to a LINUX as its core oper­at­ing sys­tem for the pro­duc­tion of ani­mated films



Guardians Unite On A New Poster

Rise of the Guardians

Rise of the Guardians

After a series of character-centric teaser posters, Dream­Works Animation’s Rise of the Guardians released a new pre-release poster. Fea­tur­ing all the major char­ac­ters from the film, the poster instills a sort of ani­mated Avengers team of super-heroes feel with it’s “Leg­ends Unite” tag line.

The film is directed by Peter Ram­sey and co-directed by William Joyce, based on his series of books. The film The Fan­tas­tic Fly­ing Books of Mr. Mor­ris Less­more won an Oscar for best ani­mated short was based on another of Joyce’s stories.

The film, which does not release until Novem­ber 21, 2012, will be hon­ored at the 16th Annual Hol­ly­wood Film Awards with the Hol­ly­wood Ani­ma­tion Award on Oct. 22 at the Bev­erly Hilton. The Hol­ly­wood Ani­ma­tion Award hon­ors the year’s best ani­mated film; pre­vi­ous win­ner include Rata­touille (2007), Wall-E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Rango (2011). While not all win­ners go on to win the Best Ani­mated Fea­ture at the Oscars, tak­ing the Hol­ly­wood Ani­ma­tion Award goes a long way to increas­ing the chances of a win espe­cially for an unre­leased film.

Rise of the Guardians is an epic adven­ture that tells the story of a group of heroes — each with extra­or­di­nary abil­i­ties. When an ancient evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gaunt­let to take over the world, the immor­tal Guardians must join forces for the first time to pro­tect the hopes, beliefs and imag­i­na­tion of chil­dren all over the world. The world’s five unlike­li­est heroes– Jack Frosty, North (aka Santa), Bun­ny­mund (the Easter Bunny), Tooth (the Tooth Fairy) and Sandy (the Sand­man)- must band together to stop Pitch (the Boogey­man) from plung­ing the world into eter­nal darkness.

Penguins Episode Wins Emmy for Animated Program

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy

Acad­emy of Tele­vi­sion Arts & Sci­ences Emmy

The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blow­hole,” an episode of the Nick­elodeon series The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car, was named Out­stand­ing Ani­mated Pro­gram on Sat­ur­day after­noon at the 2012 Cre­ative Arts Emmy Awards.

It defeated Amer­i­can Dad!: “Hot Water” (Fox Tele­vi­sion Ani­ma­tion; FOX), Bob’s Burg­ers: “Burg­er­Boss” (Ben­to­Box Enter­tain­ment; FOX), Futu­rama: “The Tip Of The Zoid­berg” (The Curios­ity Com­pany in asso­ci­a­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox Tele­vi­sion; Com­edy Cen­tral) and The Simp­sons: “Hol­i­days Of Future Passed” (Gra­cie Films in asso­ci­a­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox Tele­vi­sion; FOX).

Out­stand­ing Short Form Ani­mated Pro­gram went to Car­toon Net­work for the episode of Reg­u­lar Show titled “Eggs­cel­lent.”

Also nom­i­nated in the cat­e­gory were Adven­ture Time: “Too Young” (Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios; Car­toon Net­work), Dis­ney Phineas And Ferb: “The Doon­kle­berry Imper­a­tive” (Dis­ney Chan­nel; Dis­ney Chan­nel), MAD: “Kitchen Night­mare Before Christ­mas”/“How I Met Your Mummy” (Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion; Car­toon Net­work) and Robot Chicken: “Fight Club Par­adise” (Stoopid Monkey/Shadow Machine/Williams Street; Car­toon Network).

For the sec­ond year in a row, actor Mau­rice LaMarche was hon­ored for Out­stand­ing Voiceover Per­for­mance for his work on Com­edy Central’s Futu­rama.

In par­tic­u­lar, he was rec­og­nized for voic­ing Clamps, Don­bot, Hyper­chicken, Cal­cu­lon, Hedo­nism­bot and Morbo on the Futu­rama episode “The Silence of the Clamps.”

Oth­ers nom­i­nated were Dan Poven­mire as Doc­tor Doofen­sh­mirtz in Dis­ney Phineas And Ferb: “Across The 2nd Dimen­sion” (Dis­ney Chan­nel; Dis­ney Chan­nel); Rob Rig­gle as Noel in Dis­ney Prep & Land­ing: “Naughty Vs. Nice” (Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios; ABC); Kris­ten Wiig as Lola in The Looney Tunes Show: “Dou­ble Date” (Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion; Car­toon Net­work); and Hank Azaria as Moe Szys­lak, Duff­man, Mex­i­can Duff­man, Carl, Comic Book Guy and Chief Wig­gum in The Simp­sons: “Moe Goes From Rags To Riches” (Gra­cie Films in asso­ci­a­tion with 20th Cen­tury Fox Tele­vi­sion; FOX).

6 Days To Air: The Mak­ing Of South Park had been nom­i­nated for Out­stand­ing Non­fic­tion Spe­cial. How­ever, the Com­edy Cen­tral pro­gram lost to HBO’s George Har­ri­son: Liv­ing in the Mate­r­ial World; its helmer, Mar­tin Scorcese, won for Out­stand­ing Direct­ing for Non­fic­tion Programming.

HBO topped the night at the 2012 Cre­ative Arts Emmy Awards with 17 golden stat­uettes. The pre­mium cable net­work was fol­lowed by CBS, with 13 Emmys, and PBS with 11.

Lead­ing the recip­i­ents of mul­ti­ple awards was the HBO drama Game of Thrones, with six Emmys. Based on A Song of Fire and Ice, a series of medieval-era fan­tasy nov­els by author George R.R. Mar­tin, Game of Thrones earned a total of 11 Emmy nom­i­na­tions in this, its sec­ond season.

Fol­low­ing Game of Thrones, with four Emmys each, were Discovery’s Frozen Planet, PBS’s Great Expec­ta­tions (Mas­ter­piece) and NBC’s Sat­ur­day Night Live.

The cer­e­mony was held at NOKIA The­atre L.A. LIVE in down­town Los Ange­les. An edited ver­sion of the event will air as a spe­cial at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 22 on ReelzChannel.

The show fea­tured the first In Memo­riam seg­ment at a Cre­ative Arts Emmys cer­e­mony, a mon­tage that included dozens of cam­era oper­a­tors, pic­ture edi­tors, art direc­tors and many other crafts, as well as per­form­ers with Cre­ative Arts provenance.

The lat­ter included the late Kathryn Joosten, who won two Emmys as a guest actress on Des­per­ate House­wives at pre­vi­ous Cre­ative Arts shows. She is nom­i­nated posthu­mously this year for Out­stand­ing Sup­port­ing Actress in a Com­edy Series, also for Des­per­ate House­wives. That award will be given at next Sunday’s Prime­time Emmys ceremony.

Out­stand­ing Children’s Non­fic­tion, Real­ity or Reality-Competition Pro­gram was PBS’s Sesame Street: Grow­ing Hope Against Hunger.

DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor Partner On Distribution Deal

DreamWorks Animation SKG

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG

In a major strange bed­fel­lows pair­ing, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion and Tech­ni­color announce a joint ven­ture in a con­tent dis­tri­b­u­tion deal. Their new com­pany– called M-Go– will be push­ing out con­tent dig­i­tally. But not just DWA’s con­tent… the agree­ment announced Tues­day are with NBCU­ni­ver­sal, Para­mount Pic­tures, Sony Pic­tures Home Enter­tain­ment, Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox and Warner Bros. Dig­i­tal Distribution.

The new M-Go ser­vice will be pre-loaded on con­sumer elec­tron­ics from Intel, Sam­sung and Vizio, and is sched­uled to launch later this year. M-Go will also be avail­able as a free ser­vice at www.mgo.com. M‐Go will also offer Ultra­Vi­o­let compatibility.

The deals will enable con­sumers to rent or pur­chase day & date new release films, catch-up tele­vi­sion and back cat­a­log film and TV shows,” the com­pany said. “M‐Go cen­tral­izes view­ing in one easy place, bridg­ing the divide between view­ing plat­forms, con­tent sources, deliv­ery tech­nolo­gies and devices.”

John Bat­ter, CEO of M‐Go, said: “Part­ners choose us because of the value M-­Go brings to the mar­ket­place by pro­vid­ing mas­sive amounts of qual­ity film and TV con­tent on the devices peo­ple already use.”

M-Go cur­rently uses the Medi­aNavi search and dis­cov­ery plat­form for cloud-based ser­vices for con­sumers. The app-based ser­vice was launched in Jan­u­ary. The ser­vice won the CSI award in the TV Every­where / Multi-screen Video cat­e­gory ear­lier this month. The CSI Awards are one of the most com­pre­hen­sive and com­pet­i­tive tech­nol­ogy awards in the world. They reward tech­ni­cal and prod­uct mar­ket­ing excel­lence in the cable, satel­lite, ter­res­trial broad­cast­ing, IPTV, online/internet video and mobile TV sectors.

Fox Reveals DreamWorks Animation 12-Picture Future

DreamWorks Animation SKG

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG

20th Cen­tury Fox has leaked the next bak­ers dozen Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion movies-releases through the mid­dle of 2016– mark­ing the most ambi­tious slate for an ani­ma­tion house in Hol­ly­wood his­tory, and an indus­try first in output.

Newly announced Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion projects inlude B.O.O: Bureau of Oth­er­wordly Oper­a­tions, set to hit the­aters on Nov. 6, 2015, and How to Train Your Dragon 3, dated for June 18, 2016.

The other films set to release through the new Dream­Works and 20th Cen­tury Fox part­ner­ship: The Croods (March 22, 2013), Turbo (July 19, 2013), Mr. Peabody & Sher­man (Nov. 1, 2013), Me and My Shadow (March 14, 2014), Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk (How to Train Your Dragon 2) (June 20, 2014), Happy Smek­day! (Nov. 26, 2014), The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car (March 27, 2015), Trolls (work­ing title, June 5, 2015), Mon­keys Of Mum­bai (work­ing title, Dec. 19, 2015) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (March 18, 2016).

The Seth Rogen-voiced B.O.O: Bureau of Oth­er­wordly Oper­a­tions is based on an orig­i­nal idea by Tony Leondis (Igor), who is direct­ing the ghost pic. It is pro­duced by Maryann Garger (Flushed Away) and the screen­play is being writ­ten by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots).

We have had the priv­i­lege not only to view many of these films in their var­i­ous stages but also to meet the incred­i­ble lead­er­ship teams behind each one, and we are very con­fi­dent about Dream­Works Animation’s robust future slate,” said Fox Filmed Enter­tain­ment CEOs and Chair­men Jim Gianop­u­los and Tom Roth­man. “We are truly excited about our new part­ner­ship and bring­ing these extra­or­di­nary films to audi­ences around the world.”

Many of these films have been in the works for many years, in vary­ing stages of the pipeline. With the uncer­tainty of a dis­tri­b­u­tion part­ner, Dream­Works has been hes­i­tant to release much about them.

Last month, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion announced its dis­tri­b­u­tion deal with 20th Cen­tury Fox, clear­ing up the dis­tri­b­u­tion for the next seven years.

What we are announc­ing today is the result of the amaz­ing work and devo­tion from Dream­Works Animation’s vast ros­ter of direc­tors, pro­duc­ers and artis­tic tal­ent over many years,” added Bill Dam­aschke, Dream­Works Animation’s Chief Cre­ative Offi­cer. “Every one of the movies in our lineup – whether it is an orig­i­nal film or a sequel to one of our beloved fran­chises – comes from the unique and spe­cial vision of our film­mak­ers, and we look for­ward to join­ing together with Fox to make them avail­able to fam­ily audi­ences start­ing next year.”

Releas­ing three films per year is prac­ti­cally unheard of rate of release for an ani­ma­tion stu­dio, with Dis­ney only shoot­ing for two dur­ing it’s “new renais­sance” period in the late 1990’s.  Cur­rent indus­try leader Pixar only puts out only one title a year.

What do you think– is the shot­gun approach to ani­mated film-making going to work, or do you think that despite the vol­ume, Dream­Works can keep the qual­ity level up and make some films with stay­ing power?

Katzenberg to receive Academy’s Humanitarian Award

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.