Obama to Speak at DreamWorks Animation

Barack Obama to Speak at Dreamworks
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On his visit to Los Angeles next week, President Obama will deliver remarks on the economy at a visit to DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, a White House official said on Thursday.

Obama will speak on  Nov. 26.

“The motion picture and television industry is a growing industry, and continues to create thousands of jobs across the country,” the White House official said.

In his previous visit to Los Angeles, Obama had dinner with DreamWorks Animation chieftain Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of his top donors and fundraisers.

The DreamWorks visit is part of a swing through Los Angeles that includes events to raise money for House and Senate Democratic campaign committees. On the evening of Nov. 25, Obama is scheduled to attend fundraisers at the home of Magic Johnson and Haim Saban. He also is scheduled for a fundraiser the next morning,  Nov. 26, at the home of “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman, at an event to raise money for the Democratic National Committee.

Update: A previous version of this post misidentified the dates of fundraisers Obama is attending during his Los Angeles visit.

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  1. Ron Rapid says:

    “The motion picture and television industry is a growing industry, and continues to create thousands of jobs across the country,” the White House official said……For all reading, please note, this is a complete and utter lie!

    Thousands of film production people and VFX artists are unemployed in the U.S. because of studios chasing foreign subsidies. Most work is not even produced in the United States anymore! The “jobs” it’s creating, like other have mentioned here, are in countries like Canada, Britain, Australia, etc. Everywhere EXCEPT the U.S. The jobs are being outsourced, and families destroyed because the workers have to move overseas to find work!

    What’s actually happening in the U.S. motion picture and television industry is actually hurting Americans, American jobs, and our economy!

  2. Laura says:

    This is our industries one opportunity to really show the country and the world how the studios are destroying US jobs in animation and visual effects. Please stand up and get involved with this visit. Thank you Dreamworks for providing our stage! Going to be a fun and crazy day.

  3. Kung Fu Pandy says:

    “Growing industry…”? We’re the fix it and redo team for India and China. If JK or one of his growing number of overpaid part time middle managers would just actually do the math and strategize a little. We actually could do the gazillion hours of promised content here for an even lower cost. That WILL grow the industry. Sorry stockholders….we won’t be getting much fixing doone next week.

  4. Mark Barrett says:

    “The motion picture and television industry is a growing industry, and continues to create thousands of jobs across the country,” the White House official said.

    Well, *close*. It creates thousands of jobs in Canada, India, China and Britain. All I want is for it to create thousands of jobs in *this* country.

  5. MJ says:

    He’s a lying pig who has been at the belly of Hollywood since day one.

  6. Contessa46 says:

    He knows about the outsourcing of jobs to India, Canada, Austrailia and England because of the tax subsidies to the big studios. Because the trade laws are NOT enforced, thousands of LA artists have had to relocate or go into entirely new fields. Families are living apart, children yanked out of schools and everyone missing their families. Tax revenue is down in LA and the new mayor is trying to rectify the situation as he needs these jobs in LA and the tax paying these people add to the system! Let’s see what he has to say or if he just panders.

    • Anonymous says:

      I completely agree. It’s going to be a bunch of empty talk. They won’t even give employees decent contracts at DWA right now. We can not make future plans because we don’t know if we will be employed come next summer. It’s stressful to say the least. Greed is the driving factor, it seems. Please, someone, prove this wrong. Start treating your employees like you value them by giving better wages and better contracts like you used to!

  7. Lefty McKay says:

    Thousands of jobs across the country, possibly, but many thousand more around the world. Aided in no small part by Mr. Katzenberg, many jobs that could have been created in California are now being found in India and China, but don’t expect President Obama to make any mention of that.

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