DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will be the first to receive the debut Sid Grauman award presented by Hill Valley. The award will be given at the American Cinematheque’s annual black-tie benefit gala on Friday, October 30 in the ballroom of LA’s Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
This year, the nonprofit also will present the 29th annual career achievement award to Reese Witherspoon.
“Jeffrey Katzenberg is the ideal inaugural recipient of the American Cinematheque’s Sid Grauman award. Both Grauman and Katzenberg advanced the successful exhibition of motion pictures around the world: Sid Grauman with his movie palaces that included the Egyptian and Chinese theatres and Jeffrey Katzenberg with his dynamic leadership as a business and creative force at the top of several major iconic movie companies,” said American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita in a statement.
The American Cinematheque Board of Directors created this award to honor someone who has made a significant contribution to the film industry and in the advancement of theatrical exhibition. When the Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre reopened after an extensive makeover in 1998, DreamWorks booked this as the exclusive LA venue for “The Prince of Egypt.”
Katzenberg co-founded DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen in 1994 before co-founding and leading DreamWorks Animation in 2004. In 2013, Katzenberg was awarded the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes.