Jeffrey Katzenberg

If you’ve been reading the website for a while then you know my love for indepth long form interviews with actors, filmmakers and producers. /Film reader Joe L informs me that DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg just appeared on Charlie Rose last week.

I’ve always been fascinated with the history of Disney Animation (and highly reccomend the recent documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty) which Katzenberg headed during the Beauty and the Beast/Lion King boom. I’ve also been reading Nicole LaPorte’s new book The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks. So this 36-minute interview with Katzenberg hit the right spot.

Katzenberg talks about his Disney years, being fired by Michael Eisner, the formation of DreamWorks, 3D filmmaking, Avatar, his response to Roger Ebert, the future of cinema and downfall of DVD, the failure of DreamWorks, the future of DreamWorks Animation, movies as shared events, a respect for time, his experiences in politics,  . Watch the whole interview now after the jump. And for those of you who don’t want to watch it, you can read a complete transcript at the bottom of this page.

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