Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is joining Zynga’s board of directors, the company just announced.In a statement on the hiring, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus says of Katzenberg, “He turned an independent studio into a brand name and his vision will be an asset as we work to define the future of play.”
Zynga’s other current board members are Owen Van Natta, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Kleiner Perkins’ Bing Gordon, VC Brad Feld, and Pincus.
Here’s a blog post from Mark Pincus on the news:
What do Shrek and FarmVille have in common (besides donkeys and onions)?
Today we’re incredibly excited to announce that Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, has joined Zynga’s Board of Directors. Jeffrey and I have been friends for some time, and I knew he’d be a great fit for the board after he suggested that the blockbuster of 2011 could be ShrekVille.
I see a lot of similarities between DreamWorks Animation and Zynga, far beyond our love of animals. DreamWorks Animation is a revolutionary technology company, a recognised consumer brand, and at its core, a media company. It’s easy to see the value that Jeffrey will add to Zynga as we grow and look for more ways to delight our players. In fact, he’s immediately sprung into action with his first assignment: finding our seventh board member. I hear that both Jack Black and Mike Myers are incredibly interested.
I and everyone here at Zynga would like to extend a warm welcome to Jeffrey. I’m looking forward to his guidance, his leadership, and about 1,500 tickets to the opening night of Kung Fu Panda 2.
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