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DreamWorks Co-founder Katzenberg Thinks Hollywood Tonic Is In 3D

katznberg.jpgmadagascar.jpgDreamWorks Animation CEO Jeff Katzenberg brought his dog-and-pony show — the same one he gave to the media boys at Herb Allen‘s Sun Valley Media Conference in July — to Wall Street yesterday.

Wall Street allowed Katzenberg to makes his claims. Maybe, like all overgrown kids, they just liked watching cartoons.

Variety told how Katzenberg offered a bunch of clips from “Madagascar 3″ and stories of opening night jitters for “Shrek, the Musical.”

FBLA, however, was unsure whether the big swinging dicks on Wall Street were forced to wear those crazy 3D glasses.

On you, they look good.

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Dauman, Grey Mum About Redstone Succession

SV200810.jpgDan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

Paramount Chairman Brad Grey and Viacom CEO and President Philippe Dauman, after having an enjoyable Allen & Co.-sponsored lunch, refused to discuss the New York Times item this morning about Viacom founder Sumner Redstone settling with his daughter Shari to buyout her interest in the company. Redstone and Viacom reps were not available. But both Dauman and Grey, walking as quickly away from the pair of journos tracking them, said: “We aren’t commenting on that.”

Eisner_7.10.jpgFormer Disney chairman Michael Eisner wouldn’t admit as much, but he had to be pleased that he didn’t have to worry about any potential SAG strike. SAG is sitting down today with the AMPTP to possibly avert such a strike, but Eisner flat out refused to discuss it. “I won’t talk about the SAG strike,” he said. “I won’t go there.”

But Eisner did talk about his buddy Jeff Katzenberg‘s presentation on 3-D. “It was incredible and Jeff did a great job with identifying the technology behind the 3-D presentations,” he said.

Jeff Zucker’s NBCU Deal Denial and A Surprise Visit From Bill Gates

SV20089.jpgDan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

Universal Studios CEO Ron Meyer was standing with NBCU head Jeff Zucker, waiting for Zucker’s kids coming out of the Chocolate Foundry. Both were upbeat about the Sun Valley conference.

Meyer gave kudos to colleague Jeff Katzenberg, the DreamWorks partner who had a presentation on 3-D this morning.

“It was good,” Meyer said, “a great display of the technolgy.” Katzenberg gave a presentation about the uses of 3-D in film and TV and reportedly showed an “incredible” visual display of the possibilities.

Nike chairman Philip Knight was also exuberant about the display. “It’s where we’re headed. It’s the future,” he said.

Zucker_7.10.jpgZucker, meanwhile, denied a newspaper report of NBC possibly unloading assets at the Sun Valley conference.

“No, there’s nothing like that,” Zucker said. “I’m just here watching.”

Former American Express chairman James Robinson III said he was only here out of a long-standing friendship with host Herb Allen.

But Robinson said that Katzenberg’s speech, like other technology-driven segments, was fascinating and will be of great use to companies like Amex and others. Robinson now runs RRE Ventsures, which deals in applied technology and its utilization.

Former Microsoft chair and founder Bill Gates unexpectedly showed up last night was hovering around the morning presentations. Asked if he had any comment on the pending Microsoft/Yahoo! discussions, he said: “No thank you. No.”