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DreamWorks Animation CEO Katzenberg to deliver keynote address at 2014 Licensing Expo

MUMBAI: DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will deliver the opening keynote address at Licensing Expo 2014.

The opening keynote session of the Expo, sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) and staged by Advanstar, will take place on 17 June at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, and is free for all Expo attendees and exhibitors.

Lime president Charles Riotto said, “Licensing Expo’s keynote address is a rallying point for the licensing industry and sets the tone for the overall event. As the leader of one of the most successful and trend-setting entertainment companies and licensors in the world, Jeffrey Katzenberg will provide attendees with his valuable insights into the future of the media and entertainment industries and the licensing business that is sure to resonate with all those in attendance, during the upcoming show and beyond.”

Advanstar president of licensing, executive VP of customer development Chris DeMoulin commented, “We are honoured to welcome industry icon Jeffrey Katzenberg to address our Licensing Expo audience. I can’t imagine a better way to kick off this year’s show.”

In 1994, along with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, Katzenberg co-founded DreamWorks which produced films, including three Best Picture Academy Award winners – ‘American Beauty’, ‘Gladiator’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind’. In 2004, DreamWorks Animation became a publicly-traded company with Katzenberg at the helm.

Under Katzenberg’s leadership, DreamWorks Animation has become the largest animation studio in the world and has released 27 animated films, which have enjoyed both critical and commercial successes, earning nine Academy Award nominations and two wins for Best Animated Feature.