2018 Honoree Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Entertainment Award

Jennifer Yuh Nelson made her feature film directorial debut with “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011), which earned more than $665 million at the worldwide box-office. She continued on to direct the franchise’s successful follow-up “Kung Fu Panda 3” (2016). Nelson has lent her talents to a variety of DreamWorks Animation pictures, including as head of story for “Kung Fu Panda” (2008), and story artist on “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron’ (2002) and “Madagascar” (2005). Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Nelson worked at HBO Animation and served as director, story artist and character designer for HBO’s animated series “Spawn,” which won an Emmy Award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program. She also worked as an illustrator and story artist for the live action film Dark City (1998) for Mystery Clock Productions. She made her live action directing debut with “The Darkest Minds” (2018), for Twentieth Century Fox. She is currently developing properties both in animation and live action.