President Obama to Visit DreamWorks Animation

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

It looks like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Toothless the Dragon are going to find out the details of the Affordable Healthcare Act next week. You see, President Obama is scheduled to visit the Glendale campus of DreamWorks Animation on November 26. Deadline.com reports that the Commander-in-Chief will visit the animation studio in the afternoon and deliver a speech to company employees and invited guests.

The President will be in town next week for a series of fundraisers. He was already set to be in Los Angeles on November 25 and 26 to make up for a September fundraising event that was cancelled due to the troubles in Syria. Obama will first be at a $2,500 to $15,000 a ticket event at Magic Johnson’s house and will then visit the Beverly Hills mansion of Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl for a $16,200 a person or $32,400 a couple dinner. Next on the schedule is a fundraiser at the home of Marta Kauffman, the creator of Friends, which costs a $32,400 per guest.

Meanwhile, the always-politically active Katzenberg is also co-hosting a huge fundraiser today (Nov. 21) for Governor Jerry Brown at Disney Studio topper Alan Horn’s home. Steven Spielberg and David Geffen are co-hosting that fundraiser with Katzenberg.

In related Hollywood mogul philanthropy news, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received separate $10 million gifts from Jeffrey and Steven Spielberg for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. In recognition of these gifts, the two main galleries on the lobby floor of the Academy Museum will be named for Katzenberg and Spielberg – The Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery and The Spielberg Family Gallery.

Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the Academy Museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the historic Wilshire May Company building. Slated to open in early 2017, the Academy Museum will contain nearly 300,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, theaters, screening rooms, education centers, and special event spaces.

(from left) Jeffrey Katzenberg and President Barack Obama

(from left) Jeffrey Katzenberg and President Barack Obama

  • Rob

    Um, why is he fundraising? I thought he was just elected to lead the country.

  • AnimationFan#1

    Great! I like President Obama! I’m glad that he’s visiting one of my favorite animated studios Dreamworks. I Love Animation!