Anne J. (Annie) Morita
Term: June 2015 – June 2021
NOLS Course: 2016 Baja Women’s Sea Kayaking - Prime
Annie has been with DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA) since 2009. She currently serves as Head of Global Interactive where she focuses on creating new opportunities and new channels for content creation and distribution around the world. Prior to this role, Annie was based in Shanghai, China, serving as the lead business executive for Oriental DreamWorks, a joint venture with DreamWorks Animation and three Chinese companies (China Media Capital/CMC; Shanghai Media Group/SMG; and Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd./SAIL). This is a first-of-its-kind enterprise to locally conceive, produce, and distribute high-quality creative content and family entertainment experiences not only for the people of China but also for related export markets. The enterprise was initially capitalized by cash and intellectual property valued at USD$330 million.
An entertainment and marketing veteran, Annie has held management positions at Electronic Arts, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Studios. She began her career with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (NYSE:TWX) serving first as an assignment editor with CNN International (covering such events as the Persian Gulf War, the Fall of Communism in Russia, and German Reunification) and later moving to Hong Kong as Director of Marketing for Turner International Far East Ltd., (responsible for launching both CNN and TNT & Cartoon Network to the Asia Pacific region).
Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and served on the College’s Board of Trustees from 2006 – 2011. She also has her master’s diploma from Le Cordon Bleu. Annie currently serves as a director on the Board of Advisors for Fuhu, Inc. (the foremost innovator in technology for kids and their families. Fuhu has been named the #1 Fastest Growing Private Company in America by Inc. Magazine for the second consecutive year - 2013, 2014).
Annie recently served on the Board of Trustees for Camp Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA (July 2011 – 2013). An avid YMCA person, Annie started as a camper in 1979 and participated in and worked for the YMCA through 1990 when she led the first international camping exchange program to China.
Annie has traveled extensively in Asia and has lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. She studied at Beijing University during 1988-1989, her junior year abroad from Smith College, and has a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. When not traveling to China for work, Annie and her husband, Dan, enjoying living in Manhattan Beach, California.