Former Viacom CEO joins board of directors
corporate sibling and its new owner Paramount. Katzenberg took a jab at comments by Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman last week that the potential departures of DreamWorks partners David Geffen and Steven Spielberg from Paramount would be “completely immaterial” to his conglom’s bottom line. Speaking the next day at the same media conference, Katzenberg called the statement “ill-advised.” He took pains, however, to note that Paramount has thus far done an “outstanding job” marketing and distributing DWA toons like “Shrek 3.” Not coincidentally, Geffen and Spielberg are both major shareholders in DreamWorks Animation and sit on the toon studio’s board. Freston will take the spot recently vacated by Microsoft mogul Paul Allen, who has sold off much of his DreamWorks Animation stock. No word on whether Tom Cruise will be joining the board next.
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