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Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2020, Courteney Bailey, MPTF’s Chief Development Officer, spoke with MPTF Board of Governors Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg on MPTF Influencers, a weekly program on MPTF Studio’s Organized Chaos. He shared some touching and funny behind-the-curtain stories and lessons from great friends and luminaries like Kirk Douglas. One story stands apart. It was the beginning of Jeffrey’s lifelong commitment to our industry, the lifeline and safety net that is so crucial for so many in our industry—MPTF.

One day many years ago, Jeffrey’s office received a call from Lew Wasserman’s assistant as if to confirm an appointment for the following morning. She said, “Mr. Wasserman will be seeing Mr. Katzenberg at 9 am tomorrow at his office.” But upon checking the calendar, there was no such meeting on an already busy day. The puzzled response didn’t faze the caller, “Yes, but Mr. Wasserman will be seeing Mr. Katzenberg at 9 am tomorrow morning.” Jeffrey recounts the story with a smile and fondness for the journey to come. Click on the link below to hear the rest of the life-changing story and more.

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