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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jeffrey Katzenberg was born on December 21, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Shrek (2001), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) and The Prince of Egypt (1998). He has been married to Marilyn Katzenberg since 1975. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Marilyn Katzenberg (1975 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (12)

Back in 1978, he was working for Paramount Pictures and was given the daunting task of bringing the Star Trek franchise back after a decade long "sleep". Eventually, the movie was complete, and is now "Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)".
Ranked #12 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list along with DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen. They had ranked #12 in 2005 as well.
Ordered several scenes of The Black Cauldron (1985) to be cut due to their violent and scary nature.
After his resignation from Disney in 1994, he partnered up with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen (SKG) to create their own studio: Dreamworks.
Father of David Katzenberg.
2007 - Ranked #22 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
In 2006, he and his wife Marilyn donated $1.25 million to Boston University to renovate facilities.
Partner in DreamWorks SKG [1998]
Endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign.
A prominent Democrat, he endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama during his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
Left Pixar and The Walt Disney Company after being denied a promotion.
Had animosity towards Disney CEO Michael Eisner and personally based the villainous character Lord Faarquad of "Shrek" on Eisner himself.

Personal Quotes (5)

Of this much I'm certain: If you write a good script with a great premise, you'll have a big hit. If you write a bad script with a great premise you'll still make money. But if you write a great script with a bad premise, success is not likely.
[on how he got a reluctant Leonard Nimoy to reprise his role as Mr. Spock for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"] "All I remember is being in a resturant in New York with Leonard, and begging on my hands and knees. It worked."
If you asked 100 people to list 100 words to describe me, not one of them would have 'patient' written down. The irony is that the medium I find myself in love with and devoted to takes infinite patience.
[on the 1994 founding of DreamWorks SKG and taking risks] Remember, I'm someone who got fired from Disney and eight days later started the first studio in 65 years with two of the most brilliant, successful people in the history of the entertainment business, doing something everyone said was somewhere between improbable and impossible. I'm afraid that's exactly what I love doing. [July 2017]
[on his vision for 'New TV', creating premium programming native to mobile devices] It's unbelievable how many hours we all spend watching great TV content today and, separately, how much time we are consuming short-form content. So why can't those two worlds come together in what is a new creative and business alignment? (...) I'm of the mind to take the path of least resistance. This idea is hard to do, and recognizing what a huge undertaking it is, I'm not intimidated by doing this alone. But it would be for sure a harder, longer road to travel. [July 2017]

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