35 Facts About Jeffrey Katzenberg


Jeffrey Katzenberg is an American film producer and media proprietor.


Jeffrey Katzenberg became well known for his tenure as chairman of Walt Disney Studios from 1984 to 1994.


Jeffrey Katzenberg has since founded a new media and technology company called WndrCo and was the founder of Quibi, a defunct short-form mobile video platform.


Jeffrey Katzenberg attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, graduating in 1969.


Jeffrey Katzenberg quickly received the nickname "Squirt" and attended as many meetings as he could.


Jeffrey Katzenberg went on to attend New York University for one year, before dropping out to work full-time as a political organizer.


Jeffrey Katzenberg continued to work his way up and became president of production under Paramount's president, Michael Eisner.


Jeffrey Katzenberg was responsible for reviving the studio which, at the time, ranked last at the box office among the major studios.


Jeffrey Katzenberg focused the studio on the production of adult-oriented comedies through its Touchstone Pictures banner, including films such as Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Three Men and a Baby and Good Morning, Vietnam.


Jeffrey Katzenberg oversaw Touchstone Television, which produced such hit television series as The Golden Girls and Home Improvement.


On February 1,1989, Jeffrey Katzenberg co-founded Hollywood Pictures with Michael Eisner.


Jeffrey Katzenberg was charged with turning around Disney's ailing Feature Animation unit, creating some intrastudio controversy when he personally edited twelve minutes out of a completed Disney animated feature, The Black Cauldron, shortly after joining the company.


Concerns arose internally at Disney, particularly from Roy E Disney, about Katzenberg taking too much credit for the success of Disney's early 1990s releases.


Jeffrey Katzenberg launched a lawsuit against Disney to recover money he felt he was owed and settled out of court for an estimated $250 million.


Later in 1994, Jeffrey Katzenberg co-founded DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, with Jeffrey Katzenberg taking primary responsibility for animation operations.


Jeffrey Katzenberg was credited as producer or executive producer on the DreamWorks animated films The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Chicken Run and Joseph: King of Dreams, Shrek in 2001, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron in 2002, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas in 2003 and Shrek 2 in 2004.


In 2006, Jeffrey Katzenberg made an appearance on the fifth season of The Apprentice.


Jeffrey Katzenberg awarded the task winners an opportunity to be character voices in Over the Hedge.


Jeffrey Katzenberg wants to grow WndrCo into a company similar to IAC, founded by his former mentor, Barry Diller.


Jeffrey Katzenberg says WndrCo aims to reinvent TV for mobile devices.


In late 2018, Jeffrey Katzenberg announced his new video streaming platform, Quibi, created in partnership with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.


On October 22,2020, Jeffrey Katzenberg told the employees to listen to the song "Get Back Up Again" from the movie Trolls as he announced that the employees would be fired.


Reportedly "smitten" by Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Jeffrey Katzenberg pledged his full support to Obama in 2006 if he decided to run for president.


Jeffrey Katzenberg has been an avid fund-raiser for Obama, doing so while much of Hollywood was still supporting the Clintons.


Jeffrey Katzenberg co-hosted a fund-raiser for President Obama at the home of actor George Clooney in May 2012.


Jeffrey Katzenberg said that the event raised almost $15 million, which would make it the most profitable presidential fund-raiser in history.


Jeffrey Katzenberg, who had previously donated $2 million to the pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA Action, donated an additional $1 million in October 2012.


Jeffrey Katzenberg donated $1 million to the Super PAC Priorities USA, which supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.


In 2018, following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Jeffrey Katzenberg pledged $500,000 to the March for Our Lives gun-control demonstration.


The Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation in April 2012 into accusations that Jeffrey Katzenberg had bribed Chinese officials in an effort to obtain distribution rights, as Joe Biden was negotiating a deal to increase film quotas.


Jeffrey Katzenberg took a leading role in pushing the Stop Online Piracy Act ; Hollywood reportedly saw piracy as "an existential threat".


When Dodd reportedly asked him to intervene, Jeffrey Katzenberg declined, but "sought to soothe hurt feelings and lay the groundwork for a deal more friendly to Hollywood".


Jeffrey Katzenberg's office contacted Obama and urged him to contact other studio chiefs in order to reaffirm their support.


Together with DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg founded the DreamWorks Animation Academy of Inner-City Arts in 2008.


Jeffrey Katzenberg was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design on May 2,2008.