Jeffrey Katzenberg on the future of the movies

Few people know Hollywood better than Jeffrey Katzenberg, the onetime wunderkind who by the time he was in his thirties had already been an executive at Paramount Pictures and was running the motion picture studio at Walt Disney. After a much publicized falling out with then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner and a subsequent court settlement that made him a very wealthy man, Katzenberg started DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. DreamWorks Animation was spun off from its parent in a 2004 IPO, and Katzenberg became CEO. On Oct. 27, after DreamWorks Animation reported earnings—beating Street estimates for the fourteenth out of the past 15 quarters—I talked with the man who, from The Little Mermaid to Shrek, has been behind some of the most acclaimed children's movies in history.

I think a real seismic shift is occurring. Anytime you're in the center of these shifts, it's maybe not the wisest thing to try and be predictive of where it all is going.

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