American film executive, producer, and proprietor Jeffrey Katzenberg will be honored as the Media Person of the Year 2019 at the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Katzenberg is the founder and chairman of the board of Quibi, a mobile-first media platform incubated at WndrCo. He is also the co-founder and managing partner of WndrCo, a holding company that invests in, acquires, develops and operates consumer technology businesses.
“Jeffrey Katzenberg encapsulates everything the Media Person of the Year award represents,” said Philip Thomas, Chairman, Cannes Lions. “His unbounding creative leadership and vision has led to the transformation and ground-breaking success of high-profile businesses across the entertainment, media and technology landscape. Katzenberg is a great friend of the Festival, who has brought his insight and inspiration to our stages so successfully in recent years. It’s a huge honor to present him with this prestigious award.”
“Over my career, I have had the honor of working in many different forms of storytelling, from film to television to the Broadway stage, but the journey we are on today with Quibi is the most exciting one yet, as we embark on a new form of storytelling,” commented Jeffrey Katzenberg, Quibi Founder and Chairman of the Board. “By bringing together the very best of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, we hope to usher in the era of mobile-first entertainment. On behalf of everyone at Quibi, we’re very thankful to Cannes Lions for this honor.”
Katzenberg’s career spans over 40 years. After serving as President of Production at Paramount Studios, he became Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, overseeing the release of top-grossing animated classics such as “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King”. In 1994, he co-founded DreamWorks SKG. A decade later, DreamWorks Animation became a publicly-traded company, with Katzenberg serving as CEO.
Under his leadership, DreamWorks Animation moved into all-CG production, becoming the largest animation studio in the world, releasing 32 animated feature films and 24 television series, including: “Kung Fu Panda” and “Madagascar”.
Katzenberg will also be speaking on the Cannes Lions stage this year, in the MediaLink hosted session Raising the Bar on the Small Screen. Speaking alongside MediaLink’s Chairman and CEO, Michael Kassan, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi, will draw on their combined leadership experience at Dreamworks, Disney, eBay, and HP to discuss how they are combining the best of Hollywood and Silicon Valley to create the future of entertainment.
Cannes Lions Festival takes place from 17–21 June 2019.
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