DreamWorks Animation Appoints Katie O'Connell Marsh Head Of Global Live-Action Television

Dec 08, 2015, 06:00 ET from DreamWorks Animation

GLENDALE, Calif., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA) today announced the appointment of Katie O'Connell Marsh as Head of Global Live-Action Television, a role in which she will oversee the expansion of DWA's television business into the live-action genre.  Ms. Marsh will be based at the Company's Glendale headquarters and begin her duties in January 2016.

"Television has quickly grown into one of our most successful businesses and, as the demand for kids and co-viewing content continues to rise, extending the DreamWorks Animation brand to live-action TV in a strategic and financially disciplined way will spur even further growth," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. "Katie's proven track record of developing hit live-action television programming, coupled with her success in quickly building television businesses from the ground up, makes her the perfect executive to lead us into this new genre."

"Our move into live-action will enable DWA to further capitalize on the evolving television landscape by creating new opportunities on both traditional and emerging platforms for our branded series," said Ann Daly, President of DreamWorks Animation.  "Moreover, live action will give us yet another creative lens with which to explore our library of rich storytelling and memorable characters that have resonated with audiences for the past two decades."

"When Jeffrey and Ann approached me, I was impressed by the endless possibilities and unique specificity of the opportunities that lie ahead, as I have always admired the iconic and global DreamWorks Animation brand," said Ms. Marsh.  "The existing library of brands, coupled with a desire for original content, makes this opportunity incredibly special.  I look forward to working with Jeffrey, Ann and everyone at DWA."

Ms. Marsh joins DreamWorks Animation, having served since 2010 as the CEO of Gaumont International Television (GIT), a division of Gaumont SA she built from the ground up.  Under her leadership, GIT quickly established itself as a leading global programmer, with critical and commercial hits such as HANNIBAL (NBC), NARCOS (Netflix), HEMLOCK GROVE (Netflix) and the upcoming F IS FOR FAMILY (Netflix), among others.  Previously, Ms. Marsh was an executive at NBC, where she first served as Senior Vice President of Development in New York, developing, among other shows, LIPSTICK JUNGLE and the Emmy Award-winning 30 ROCK.  Ms. Marsh was ultimately elevated to Executive Vice President of Drama Programming, a role in which she oversaw all aspects of NBC's Drama series, including development and current programming.  Prior to NBC, Ms. Marsh was Executive Vice President of Development and Current Programming at Imagine Television, where she developed numerous comedy and drama projects, including the Emmy Award-winning ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, while also overseeing series such as 24, QUINTUPLITS and others.  She is currently a professor in the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts and is a regular lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, from which she earned a B.A. in American Studies.

About DreamWorks Animation DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 31 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots and The Croods.

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