Monday, September 14, 2009
Jeff Katz named one of Variety's 10 Producers to Watch
Jeff Katz's career in entertainment began in earnest at the age of 9. At a dinner party in his hometown of Franklin, Mich., the young horror and comicbook buff found himself seated next to Max Shaye, the father of New Line topper Bob Shaye, the man responsible for unleashing Katz's all-time favorite villain, Freddy Krueger, into the nightmares of millions of terrified viewers. The pint-sized operator-to-be turned on the charm with his hero's dad, and within weeks, he and Bob had become pen pals. "As I soon as I got my first letter from (Shaye), I thought, 'OK, I've got my in,'" Katz recalls.