This story first appeared in the Nov. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Jeffrey Katzenberg recently announced that raising funds for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes‘ effort to unseat Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is his top priority in the 2014 election cycle. A look at Lundergan Grimes’ $2.5 million in total contributions last quarter offers an interesting glimpse into the DreamWorks Animation studio chief’s vast network of industry givers. THR parses those giving as much as $5,200 (the maximum under campaign finance laws).
DREAMWORKS ANIMATION STARS
Katzenberg found solid support among those who have lent their voices to DWA movies, including Shrek vets Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz; Madagascar‘s Ben Stiller; Kung Fu Panda‘s Jack Black; Antz’s Woody Allen; Bee Movie‘s Jerry Seinfeld and The Croods‘ Nicolas Cage.
Recent unemployment is not a deterrent for being hit up for money. Jeff Robinov, who exited Warners after Kevin Tsujihara took over, gave $5,200, as did his wife, Nicole. (He is described on the FEC filing as a “self-employed” film exec.) Former DWA marketing exec Anne Globe, let go in August, kicked in cash, too. And donor Tom Rothman‘s listing reflects his new job at Sony’s TriStar.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Katzenberg’s wife, Marilyn, and two children donated the max, as did his DreamWorks co-founders Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Along with Stacey Snider, more than 20 other executives, producers, writers and directors at DWA and DreamWorks Studios also gave.
Nothing gets done in this town until the agents are involved. Among those lining up for Lundergan Grimes: WME’s Ari Emanuel, CAA’s Bryan Lourd and UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer.
TEAM LIVE NATION
CEO Michael Rapino led Live Nation in raising more than $40,000. Also on board: the firm’s global music group chairman Arthur Fogel, CFO Kathy Willard, executive vp John Hopmans, president of touring Richard Franks and general counsel Michael Rowles.
Katzenberg is particularly influential on the Warners lot. Studio CEO Tsujihara donated, as did Warners worldwide production and creative president Greg Silverman, executive vp/general counsel John Rogovin and more than a half dozen other execs and writers.