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Kelly Betz Named DreamWorks Animation CFO

Appointment expands finance veteran’s role from television to also include the film division. 

GLENDALE, CALIF. -- DreamWorks Animation has named Kelly Betz its Chief Financial Officer.

The appointment, effective immediately, was jointly announced by Margie Cohn, president of DreamWorks Animation Television, and Feature Animation Group President Chris deFaria.

Kelly Betz is the Chief Financial Officer of DreamWorks Animation.

Betz who is expanding her previous finance role with the television business to include oversight of the film division, will be responsible for short and long-term financial planning, production finance and overall division profitability, in addition to continuing deal analysis and the greenlight process for television.

Her new position is effective immediately and she will report to Cohn and DreamWorks Animation Features Chief Operating Officer Abhijay Prakash, who oversees finance, in addition to other core business operations for the film studio, under deFaria.

A 13-year DreamWorks veteran who has worked in a variety of roles at DreamWorks Animation, Betz most recently served as the CFO for DreamWorks Animation Television for the past two years, where she established the TV finance functions in support of the massive growth of television production for the groundbreaking multiyear deal with Netflix. She was also instrumental in in the NBCU acquisition process and served as an integration lead.

Prior to her role with television, Betz served as the head of finance for the overall studio, overseeing financial planning for theatrical, marketing, home entertainment, television distribution, consumer products and overall corporate planning and presentation of the company’s financial plans.

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Betz worked in private equity at the media and telecom firm Clarity Partners, and in investment banking at Deutsche Bank.

Source: DreamWorks Animation

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