Extra govt management information out of Glendale this morning as DreamWorks Animation has simply introduced that Randy Lake will grow to be the studio’s new Chief Working Officer when he joins the corporate in July. Lake will take over tasks for the studio’s strategic planning and first enterprise operations, together with function and tv manufacturing, post-production, enterprise and authorized affairs, finance and expertise. The appointment was made by DreamWorks Animation President Margie Cohn, who took over the studio reigns this previous January on the identical time the studio introduced that DreamWorks Characteristic Animation Group President Chris DeFaria can be leaving the corporate after the February launch of Find out how to Prepare Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
“As we solidify our management staff, Randy supplies a powerful strategic imaginative and prescient that shall be useful to your entire studio as we accomplice in taking DreamWorks into the long run,” mentioned Cohn. “His years of expertise working cross-divisionally will permit us to increase upon the profitable collaboration between our movie and tv divisions, in addition to with our colleagues at Common, furthering DreamWorks place as some of the prolific animation studios on this planet.”
Lake commented, “I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of Margie and her passionate and gifted staff and sit up for this chance to construct upon DreamWorks’ storied legacy throughout such an thrilling time on the studio.”
Lake’s appointment comes proper on the heels of two newly created senior govt place bulletins this previous February 28, when Kristin Lowe was named Chief Inventive Officer, Options and Peter Gal was named Chief Inventive Officer, Tv. On the identical time, Cohn reportedly aligned the advertising, public relations, enterprise and authorized affairs, human assets and recruiting capabilities for each options and tv respectively below Michael Vollman, EVP, Advertising and marketing; Courtenay Palaski, SVP/Head of Communications; Josh Meyer, Head of Enterprise Affairs; and Ashley Brinsfield, Head of Human Sources and Recruiting.
Illumination founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri, who has reportedly been working intently with Common Photos Chairman Donna Langley and the Common staff for the reason that studio acquired DreamWorks Animation again in August 2016, continues to help all areas of DreamWorks Animation in his strategic position as Senior Advisor. He’s additionally overseeing the reimagining of the Shrek franchise, whereas Illumination govt Latifa Ouaou is spearheading improvement on the Puss in Boots sequel. Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-director Bob Persichetti only in the near past signed on to direct Puss in Boots 2 – he served as head of story and voiced a job within the unique 2011 Oscar-nominated function.
Lake most not too long ago served as President of Studio Operations & Imageworks at Sony Photos Leisure, the place he oversaw all operations, technique, and planning for Sony Photos Imageworks, post-production companies, manufacturing companies, international mastering & servicing and asset administration. Lake joined Sony in 2006 as Vice President, and later Senior Vice President of Company Improvement. He’s a member of the Academy of Movement Photos Arts & Sciences, and the Academy of Tv Arts & Sciences. Previous to Sony, Lake served as a technique marketing consultant to the leisure, media and expertise industries for Booz Allen in New York, London and San Francisco. Lake started his profession as a securities legal professional with Brobeck, Pheleger & Harrison in San Francisco, and holds a JD from Harvard Legislation College and a BA from the College of California, Berkeley.
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Dan Sarto is Writer and Editor-at-Giant of Animation World Community.