Thursday, August 20, 2015


A person can never have enough shiny gold statues and/or plaques.

The American Cinematheque will honor DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg with the first-ever Sid Grauman Award at the group’s annual benefit gala October 30. The award was started this year to honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Hollywood film industry in the continuing advancement of theatrical exhibition. It will be bestowed alongside the American Cinematheque’s usual honor, this year going to actor-producer Reese Witherspoon. ...

Jeffrey has been in the movie game a long time. There was Paramount, there was Disney, there was DreamWorks SKG and finally DreamWorks Animation. When Michael Eisner pushed over the side of the SS Mous in 1994, I had no idea that, two decades later, Jeffrey would decades into his run as head of a mini-major. And that Mr. Eisner would be retired from Disney and 87% out of the game.

So kudos to J.K. for building a studio and making a lot of iconic movies. If his cheer-leading for Moving View-Master (otherwise known as 3-D) was a trifle over the top, well, that's the nature of the man. He gets behind something, he is enthusiastic about it.


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