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NBCUniversal acquires DreamWorks Animation Studios

NBCUniversal is the closest thing to a rival to The Walt Disney Company in the market today and with the just announced acquisition of DreamWorks animation, that rivalry just got a bit more heated. NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast, now effectively owns two animation… Read More »NBCUniversal acquires DreamWorks Animation Studios

Sparky Katzenberg rhapsodic about his time at Disney

Jeffrey “Sparky” Katzenberg talks with Forbes magazine about 10 minutes that changed his life. That, of course, was when he was fired from the Walt Disney Company. I’ve heard some pretty mean things about Katzenberg and the way he behaved while lording over the studios,… Read More »Sparky Katzenberg rhapsodic about his time at Disney

3-D Rollout Slowed, But Katzenberg Says It Will Increase

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is still promoting 3-D technology for cinemas.  Installing the equipment has slowed down because of economic conditions, but he’s pushing, as reported by Associate Press writer Min Lee. Promoting the new DreamWorks 3-D animated movie “Monsters vs. Aliens,” Katzenberg told… Read More »3-D Rollout Slowed, But Katzenberg Says It Will Increase

Joss Whedon Spills the beans on Toy Story

Joss Whedon (imdb), creator of the very successful Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel TV series, got his start as part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation stable. He wanted to write the next big animated musical for the mouse, but instead, he was asked to script doctor Toy Story, the first film in the… Read More »Joss Whedon Spills the beans on Toy Story

DreamWorks Struggles with Sparky in Charge

For Mr. Katzenberg, who had top movie jobs at Paramount Pictures and the Walt Disney Company before co-founding DreamWorks SKG in 1994, it seemed natural that he would become the chief executive of his own company one day. But what has caught many investors by surprise is the number of blunders DreamWorks Animation has made… Read More »DreamWorks Struggles with Sparky in Charge

Ovitz Case… prognosticating the results

Larry E. Ribstein, who plays a law professor in real life, breaks down the Ovitz shareholder lawsuit and posts what he sees as the likely result and why it is such an important case in corporate law. First, … this case straddles several recent eras of corporate history.  It has moved from the pre-Enron era,… Read More »Ovitz Case… prognosticating the results

Ovitz: Eisner is the real bad guy here.

[Ovitz] said he wasn’t allowed to pursue deals that would have expanded Disney’s music or books businesses or attract top creative talent to the company. He [Eisner] even nixed deals to buy a stake in the Yahoo Inc. Web portal and settle a dispute with Jeffrey Katzenberg, who went on to found Dreamworks SKG after… Read More »Ovitz: Eisner is the real bad guy here.