DreamWorks Animation Retains Disney Veteran Chuck Viane as Distribution Consultant

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He worked with DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg during their time at Disney and will advise the company as it evaluates its distribution options.

NEW YORK - As it continues to evaluate a possible future distributing its own movies, DreamWorks Animation said Tuesday it has hired Walt Disney veteran Chuck Viane as a distribution consultant.

He will be working with company executives, effective immediately, and "will provide counsel on the implementation of the studio's future distribution plans," DWA said.

DWA's current distribution partner Paramount Pictures has launched its own animation division in a sign that it may not continue the relationship with DWA beyond next year.

"In addition to being a truly great guy, Chuck is one of the smartest, most experienced and respected leaders in the industry, and I don't know of anyone with a deeper understanding of the movie landscape, its trends and its future," said DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. "At this strategic moment in time for DreamWorks Animation, I am confident that he will serve as an invaluable resource."

Said Viane: "I've known Jeffrey Katzenberg for 26 years, and he was a close colleague of mine during our time together at Disney." He added: "Under his leadership, I believe that DreamWorks Animation has truly become a studio for the 21st Century and I look forward to helping shape their future distribution strategy."

Viane previously served as president of global distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in a 25-year career at the entertainment giant, from which he retired early this year.

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