Abhijay Prakash has been named chief operating officer at DreamWorks Feature Animation, it was announced today by DreamWorks Animation Group president Chris DeFaria. In his new role, Prakash will be responsible for the studio’s strategic planning and primary business operations, including finance, business development, technology and administrative functions.
Prakash will also serve as a liaison between DreamWorks Animation and DWA’s new owner, Universal Pictures, which will release its first film from DWA, How to Train Your Dragon 3, on March 1.
Prakash previously served as COO of Focus Features, another of Universal’s film units. While his new appointment at DWA will become effective in the coming weeks, he will continue to provide support for Focus until the end of the year and awards season.
“On behalf of the amazing team of artists, filmmakers, and executives at DreamWorks, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Abhijay to our leadership team as the next chapter of this legendary studio takes shape,” deFaria said. “Abhijay is one of the most respected executives in the Universal family, recognized for his integrity, business acumen, and most recently for his invaluable contributions to Focus Features."
“I’m thrilled to be joining Chris and the leadership team at DreamWorks and look forward to this opportunity to grow the business during such an exciting time at the studio,” Prakash said. “I want to thank my longtime friends and colleagues, Peter Kujawski and Robert Walak, as well as the exceptional Focus team. I take an enormous amount of pride in all of our accomplishments over the last couple of years and take on this new role knowing how well-positioned Focus is for continued success.”