Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In and Around DreamWorks Animation

I spent a large part of my afternoon at DreamWorks Animation Glendale campus, where animators are on the last few weeks of Kung Fu Panda 3, due for release at the end of January, 2016. ...

One staffer told me:

Jeffrey is more focused on the features than he's been in years. He was stepping away and getting involved in other things. He thought he could leave more of the day-to-day oversight to his executives, but that didn't work out the way he hoped.

But now he's involved in most of the decisions for the movies in development. Like he was back at the start of the studio. ...

Stock analyst Vasily Karasyov anticipates DreamWorks Animation wil gain a $100 million profit from Kung Fu Panda 3, $25 million from Trolls, $25 million from Boss Baby (January 2017), and $104 million from The Croods 2.

Predicting the profits of motion pictures is always risky, but if Karasyov is half right, DWA should be around for a while.


Colin Lee said...

I read catmull's auto biography earlier in the year

Seems that the difference explaining the success between DWA and Pixar is DWA is dependent on Katzenberg and Pixar has a team of 6-7 core directors who can rescue an animation project.

We read the previous DWA Chief Creative officer left last year.

Do you see a new rank of DWA animation people who can take over Jeff's leadership?

Steve Hulett said...

I frankly don't know where DreamWorks Animation is going in the next ten years. It will either regain it's footing and be purchased by some other corporate entity ...

Or it will not regain its footing and be bought by some other corporate entity.

Mr. Katzenberg is in his mid sixties, so how much longer he's going to want to run the studio is anyone's guess.

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