The New York Stage & Film Honored Don Katz

and Tina Fey on its Annual Winter Gala 2017 !

NEW YORK(SMI-WIRE,12.05.17)The New York Stage & Film organization that specializes in the development of emerging and established artists in the theater & film industry, held its annual winter gala this evening, honoring renowned American actress, producer & writer; Tina Fey & Don Katz, founder and CEO of Audible at Pier-Sixty, Chelsea Piers New York City.

New York Stage and Film is a non-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of theater and film.  Since 1985, we’ve been a vital incubator for artists and their work, a catalyst for stories that start with us and continue across the country and around the world. 

Dozens of notable works trace their developmental roots to NYSAF, including the 2016 Tony Award winners for Best Musical (Hamilton) and Best Play (The Humans), as well as the Tony Award-winning plays Side Man and Doubt, the Broadway musicals American Idiot and Bright Star, the recently acclaimed The Babylon Line, and the 2017 Pulitzer finalists The Wolves and Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.

Don Katz was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 30, 1952. Katz graduated from New York University in 1974, where he studied with Ralph Ellison, and also attended The University of Chicago as well as The London School of Economics, from which he holds an MSc Economics.

 

He is the founder and CEO of Audible, Inc. Founded in 1995 and since 2007, Audible serves millions of listeners and offers over 300,000 downloadable audiobooks, audio editions of periodicals, and other programs. Audible also commercialized the first portable digital audio player in 1997, four years before the introduction of the iPod. In 2004, Mr. Katz was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for New Jersey. Audible was a publicly traded Nasdaq company until it was acquired and became a subsidiary of Amazon in early 2008. Audible operates sixteen global outlets, including websites in the UK, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Japan and most recently Canada.

 

Before founding Audible, Katz was an author and journalist for twenty years. He is the author of Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America (1992), nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; The Big Store: Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears (1987), winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction; and Just Do It: The Nike Spirit in the Corporate World (1994).