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Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

Jennifer King
412-268-2900

For immediate release:
October 5, 2005

CEO of DreamWorks Animation Gives Talk at Carnegie Mellon, Open to the Public

PITTSBURGH—Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG™ will be giving a talk, open to the public, at Carnegie Mellon University at 2:30 p.m. on October 6 in McConomy Auditorium in Carnegie Mellon's University Center.

Katzenberg will be discussing DreamWorks and the future of animation and then answer questions at the end. He will also tour the offices of Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) on Technology Drive.

Katzenberg has been with DreamWorks SKG since co-founding the entertainment company with his partners, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, in October 1994. DreamWorks' animation division is known for works such as "Shark Tale" and the smash hits "Shrek 2," which has become the top-grossing animated film in history and the third-highest grossing movie of all time, and the Academy Award®-winning "Shrek." DreamWorks also had success with its first two animated releases: the computer-animated romantic comedy "Antz," which grossed more than $180 million worldwide, and the traditionally animated feature "The Prince of Egypt," which grossed more than $220 million worldwide.

DreamWorks Animation's current hit is the comedy "Madagascar," the company's most successful original film release to date, with more than $500 million in worldwide receipts. The studio is about to release "Wallace & Gromit—Curse of the Were-Rabbit," the latest film from England's Aardman Animation, the world's leading producer of stop-motion animated films. Dreamworks released Aardman's hit comedy, "Chicken Run," in 2000.

Katzenberg began his career in entertainment as the assistant to David Picker, then president of United Artists. In 1974, Katzenberg joined Paramount Studios as an assistant to Barry Diller. Three years later, he became a production executive in the motion picture division, and in May 1982, he was promoted to president of the studio. Prior to founding DreamWorks, Katzenberg served as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios for 10 years from 1984 to 1994.

Katzenberg currently serves on the boards of The Motion Picture and Television Fund, The Museum of Moving Image, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, California Institute of the Arts and The Simon Wiesenthal Center. He is co-chairman of the Creative Rights Committee of the Directors Guild of America and the Committee on the Professional Status of Writers of the Writers Guild of America. His fundraising efforts on behalf of AIDS Project Los Angeles have helped to provide clients with medical and social services.

The lecture is being hosted by Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center. The Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon offers an interdisciplinary master's program with the College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science.

For more information on ETC, visit: www.etc.cmu.edu. For more information about the lecture or ETC visit, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or ecs@andrew.cmu.edu or Jennifer King at 412-268-2900 or jlm1@andrew.cmu.edu.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Photography will not be permitted during the talk at McConomy Auditorium, but photography will be permitted during the 1:30 p.m. tour of the ETC offices. Call 412-268-5791 to arrange.

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