December 12, 2012: How DreamWorks Animation Became One of Hollywood's Most Female-Driven Studios
10:00 AM PST 12/5/2012 by Pamela McClintock
At DreamWorks Animation, the proverbial C-suite and creative stables are filled with a disproportionate number for a studio of the fairer sex. Among top-tier management, Jeffrey Katzenberg's Nos. 2, 4 and 5 are female: COO Ann Daly, chief accounting officer Heather O'Connor and worldwide marketing chief Anne Globe, respectively.
"Much of our senior leadership and over 85 percent of our producers are women, and we couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments," says Katzenberg. Those producers include Mireille Soria (the Madagascar franchise) and Rise of the Guardians' Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein.
DWA routinely is high up on Fortune's list of the 100 best companies to work for (No. 14 this year), further boosting the company's ability to retain and attract females. More recent additions to the exec ranks include Annie Morita, chief of staff of Oriental DreamWorks, the company's new China venture; and head of worldwide franchise strategy Kelley Avery.
02/06/2013: DreamWorks Animation Layoffs Could Reach 500 Amid Slate Pullback
“Sizable” layoffs are coming. It’s just a matter of how many, and when. DreamWorks Animation may cut up to 500 employees in the next few months, sources tell Deadline. That’s potentially 23% of its 2200-strong animators, tech, and support staff, axed in the wake of a flop and key release date changes for Mr. Peabody And Sherman (moved off the 2013 calendar and into 2014) and Me & My Shadow (sent back into development). Those calendar shifts created a workload deficit for the studio, which will have to trim production staff as a result. Just last month, DreamWorks Animation made Forbes’ Best Companies To Work For list.
The lesson here is not the gender of the leaders but if those leaders with or without dicks have the vision and leadership qualities to run a company. This development clearly shows that Jeffrey Katzenberg should probably spend time looking at merit when having people in leadership positions.