MUMBAI: DreamWorks Studios has appointed Jeff Small as chief operating officer. The announcement was made by DreamWorks Studios co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider.
Small comes to DreamWorks direct from Revolution where he was COO.
“We are excited about Jeff joining DreamWorks. I know Steven Spielberg and all of us here look forward to having this talented executive on our team. His range of experience at all levels of a studio — which I recognized first hand when we were both at Universal — will be an asset throughout the company,” said Snider.
At Revolution, Small oversaw business and legal affairs, finance, physical production, and administration.
Commenting on Small’s segue from Revolution chairman Joe Roth said, “Jeff has been with us at Revolution from the beginning six and a half years ago. He has excelled at every challenge from banking to administration to chief financial officer. He really blossomed over the past year when he became our COO. At only 32 years old, Jeff has the most promising future of any young business executive that I have worked with. Stacey Snider and DreamWorks are getting a welcome addition to their family. We will certainly miss him here.”
Before joining Revolution, Small spent several years with Universal Studios beginning in the corporate development group where he played key roles in mergers and acquisitions across film, television, and music areas, including the acquisitions of Polygram and the USA Network. He then transitioned to Universal Pictures as Director of Business Development where he was responsible for sourcing and analyzing new business opportunities and financing packages.
He began his career in the Walt Disney Company Motion Picture Group, specializing in studio planning and financial analysis.