ADL Centennial Entertainment Industry Dinner

Jeffrey Katzenberg Honored at Anti-Defamation League’s Centennial Entertainment Industry Dinner

 

 

Now celebrating its 100th year, the Anti-Defamation League honored Jeffrey Katzenberg at its “Centennial Entertainment Industry Dinner,” in accordance with this year’s theme, “Imagine a World Without Hate.” Katzenberg is chief executive of DreamWorks Animation.

“To imagine a world without hate would be heaven,” said Roma Downey during the May 8 affair at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

And Downey should know. She starred as one of heaven’s denizens for 9 seasons on TV’s “Touched by an Angel.” More recently, she played another spiritual figure: Mother Mary in “The Bible,” the mini-series Downey and her husband, Mark Burnett, conceived and produced. (Burnett also produced “Survivor” and other reality shows.)

Dinner began as Kirk Douglas kicked off official ceremonies. (Closing in on his 100th birthday himself, the legendary star of “Spartacus” recently turned 96.) The night’s emcees – comedian Rob Riggle, well-known for his reports on “The Daily Show” and Sarah Chalke of “How to Live With Your Parents” – then welcomed the crowd. 

Taking his turn at the podium, Abraham Foxman – ADL’s national director – praised Katzenberg for his work and ideals, as they reflect, he said, “ADL’s message of “respect, inclusion, acceptance and courage to stand up to evil.“

“We have learned to walk on the moon,” Foxman continued, “but we have not learned to walk in harmony on earth.” He talked about strides in other areas as well, such as heart health, adding, “but we have failed to find the formula to erase hate in the heart.”  

Yet in accepting his award, Katzenberg talked of the positive changes that have occurred in world views. He encouraged members of the entertainment industry to use their opportunity to enlighten, ticking off names in a diverse list of films that have been sending messages of anti-discrimination, including “Grapes of Wrath,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “Philadelphia,” “The Help,” “Beauty and the Beast,” the recent “42” and others.  

Also on the program: ADL’s clever and imaginative  video “Imagine a World Without Hate,” named on youtube’s top ten list for March. The very clever, minute-long video has already had in excess of 1 million views, (and for good reason – If you haven’t seen it, it’s well-worth a look.) 

And speaking of millions, more than $1.1 million was raised from the night’s ticket sales, sponsorships and other contributions.

Others in the audience were CEO Jim Gianopulos of Fox Filmed Entertainment; “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and Mellody Hobson; action film producer Jerry Bruckheimer; Relativity Media chief executive Ryan Kavanaugh, and Ruth and Judea Pearl, the parents of Daniel Pearl. 

Corporate sponsors included the David Geffen Foundation, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney and Comcast NBC Universal.

 

Top photo: Jeffrey Katzenberg receives the Anti-Defamation League’s Entertainment Industry Award at the ADL Centennial Entertainment Industry Dinner (photo: Michael Kovac, courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League)

Second photo: Roma Downey and Mark Burnett at the ADL Centennial Entertainment Industry Dinner (photo: Michael Kovac, courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League)

Third photo: Mellody Hobson and George Lucas at the ADL Centennial Entertainment Industry Dinner (photo: Michael Kovac,courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League) 

Fourth photo: From left Regional director Amanda Susskind, regional board chair Seth Gerber, honoree Jeffrey Katzenberg, national director Foxman, and emcees Sarah Chalke and Rob Riggle at the ADL Centennial Entertainment Industry Dinner (photo: Michael Kovac, courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League) 

Fifth photo: Emcees Rob Riggle and Sarah Chalke at the ADL Centennial Entertainment Industry Dinner (photo: Michael Kovac, courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League) 
 
 

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ADL Centennial Entertainment Industry Dinner

Published May 9, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA