USC Film School announces graduation ceremony speaker

The USC School of Cinematic Arts announced its graduation ceremony’s commencement speaker will be DreamWorks Animation CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, yesterday.

Katzenberg co-founded DreamWorks Animation in 2004 along with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, and has since worked as the CEO.

Katzenberg holds a position on the SCA’s Board of Councilors and serves as the chairman for the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation.

“I’m thrilled that he’ll be joining us to share his invaluable perspective on the entertainment industry with our students,” SCA Dean Elizabeth Daley said in a statement.

Also to be expected in attendance at the ceremony is Jon Landau, the recepient of SCA’s esteemed Mary Pickford Foundation Award. Landau, a USC alumnus, is the producer of the Oscar-winning movie Titanic as well as the critically-acclaimed, award-winning Avatar.

Landau will be the 16th individual to be honored with the Pickford Award since its introduction to USC in 1995 with help of the Mary Pickford Foundation. This award is given to the men and women whose outstanding achievements bring about an extraordinary mark of high achievement in the film industry as well as the school.