Movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, 63, was awarded France’s highest cultural honour. Katzenberg is a DreamWorks Animation executive, who was producer of the Shrek franchise and also of major Disney hits such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.
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Just a day after premiering his latest movie, How To Train Your Dragon 2, at the Cannes film festival Katzenberg was made a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The honour is awarded by the French government to a maximum of 20 people annually, and recognises significant contributions to the arts, literature or their development.
The medallion of the coveted award was bestowed on Katzenberg in Cannes by the French Minister of Culture Aurelie Filippetti. During a special ceremony Filipetti praised Katzenberg for all his professional and humanitarian achievements.
Receiving the award Katzenberg said, “I have been blessed to be a part of the Cannes Film Festival, which is the greatest platform and home of prestigious cinema anywhere in the world. To be on that red carpet, to be in that Palais I think is really the greatest honour any filmmaker can have.”
As a Commander of the Order Of Arts And Letters, that certainly may be said to set the seal on his accomplishment.
Previous recipients of the award have included David Bowie, U2 lead Bono, Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Lenny Kravitz.