DreamWorks music manager Smith dies

Worked on films 'American Beauty,' 'Gladiator'

Kenneth “Kaz” Smith, a former DreamWorks music manager and independent music supervisor who worked on such films as “American Beauty,” “Gladiator” and “Shrek,” died May 3 after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 43.

He worked in the DreamWorks Film Music Department from 1999 to 2008, when he became a creative manager for film and TV licensing at EMI/Capitol Records. He occasionally freelanced as a music supervisor on various independent movies under his company High Volume Inc., including the 2002 indie “Kingston High” and 2009’s “The Red Machine.”

He was credited as music coordinator on feature toons including “Madagascar” and its sequel, “Flushed Away” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

Smith was an Air Force veteran who served during the Persian Gulf War.

He is survived by his wife, Niva Dorell Smith; his mother and father; his stepfather and stepmother; a sister; five stepsisters; and two stepbrothers.

Donations may be made to the following organizations: Cancer Support Community, Benjamin Center, in Los Angeles; the American Brain Tumor Assn.; and the National Brain Tumor Society.

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