May 1, 2013 |
In a deal that underscores the growing importance of digital platforms for reaching young audiences, DreamWorks Animation said it is acquiring the YouTube teen network AwesomenessTV for $33 million in cash. Under terms of the agreement, DreamWorks will pay the up-front cash consideration and there are incentives that could ultimately make the acquisition ultimately worth as much as $117 million, if AwesomenessTV achieves certain performance goals over the next two years. "AwesomenessTV is one of the fastest growing content channels on the Internet today and our acquisition of this groundbreaking venture will bring incredible momentum to our digital strategy," DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement.
October 25, 2012 |
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., the Glendale studio behind the "Shrek" and “Madagascar” movies, announced that Chairman Roger Enrico resigned from the board. Current board member Mellody Hobson will succeed Enrico, according to a statement from the animation studio, which did not disclose reasons for Enrico's resignation. Enrico, 67, has served as DreamWorks Animation's chairman since 2004. He is a former chief executive of PepsiCo Inc., where he spent 31 years. "Roger has been an invaluable leader to our board of directors and his guidance helped put DreamWorks Animation on a path to success from Day 1," DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement.
July 19, 2012 |
DreamWorks Animation is bulking up its Northern California studio. The Glendale-based company behind the "Shrek" and "Madagascar" movies on Thursday unveiled a new 200,000-square-foot headquarters for its PDI animation facility in Redwood City. The new campus overlooking San Francisco Bay is one-third larger than the previous one (at the same location) and has an on-site clinic for a doctor's office and nutritionist, a larger cafe and more outdoor space with gas heaters "to permit hanging outside year-round.
July 23, 2012 |
DreamWorks Animation, the Glendale-based studio behind the "Shrek" and "Madagascar" movies, is buying Classic Media, a company that owns the rights to "Casper the Friendly Ghost," "Lassie," "The Lone Ranger" and other iconic entertainment characters, for $155 million. DreamWorks Animation announced the all-cash deal early Monday morning. The deal marks the first acquisition for the studio since it went public in 2004. The purchase will deepen DreamWorks Animation's library of film and television characters, giving the studio a new stream of licensing revenues and a potential boost to its share price. Although its movies have generally fared well at the box office, the company's stock has fallen nearly 40% in the last two years.
February 15, 2013 |
DreamWorks Animation SKG is licensing its movie characters for various theme parks being developed in Russia, an increasingly important market for the Glendale-based studio. The creator of the "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" franchises said it had signed a licensing agreement with Regions Group of Companies, which is developing what is billed as Europe's largest indoor theme parks. Regions says it's the fourth-largest retail property owner in Russia. The parks, scheduled to open in 2015, would be located in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg and include various attractions based on DreamWorks characters.
August 5, 2013 |
DreamWorks Animation marketing chief Anne Globe has resigned from her job after 17 years with the Glendale-based studio. DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg told his staff Monday morning that Globe had "made the decision to leave DreamWorks Animation to start her own consulting business. " Globe held various positions at DreamWorks, overseeing the marketing of feature films, television series and theatrical productions. Calling her a "talented and creative executive," Katzenberg credited Globe for building relationships with such partners as McDonald's, Intel, General Mills and Nickelodeon.