Michelle Raimo-Kouyate Named President of Production for Sony Pictures Animation

"Michelle is an extraordinarily talented executive who loves both the art and artistry of animation and understands that superior storytelling must always come first," said Bob Osher, President of Digital Productions for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Michelle Raimo-Kouyate has been named president of production for Sony Pictures Animation, the studio confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter in a statement Thursday.

Raimo-Kouyate joins the company from DreamWorks Animation, where she served as executive producer for Puss in Boots, a spin-off of Shrek.

"Michelle is an extraordinarily talented executive who loves both the art and artistry of animation and understands that superior storytelling must always come first," said Bob Osher, president of digital roductions for Sony Pictures Entertainment.  "Michelle and I worked together for many years at Miramax. She earns the respect of her peers through her leadership and is someone who candidly speaks her mind.  Because of her extensive experience in both live action and animation, she is the perfect choice for this position, especially as we produce both all-CG features and  hybrid productions like The Smurfs.  We have an outstanding slate in place at Sony Pictures Animation and know she will provide great creative direction as we continue to grow and nurture the best CGI artists and storytellers in the business."

Raimo-Kouyate said, "I am so thankful to Bob, as well as Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal for this exciting opportunity. Sony Pictures Animation is home to some of the best creative and innovative minds in the business and I am looking forward to working alongside them to continue the tradition of great storytelling for which Sony is so well known. I am especially thrilled to be working once again with Bob."

In the coming weeks, Raimo-Kouyate will work closely with SPA's president of production Hannah Minghella as Minghella transitions to her new role at Columbia Pictures as president of production

Raimo-Kouyate began her career in the business at Miramax Films 15 years ago, where she rose from assistant to senior vice president of development and production.

In 2005, she worked as senior vice president of production at Paramount Production. In 2006, she served in the same role at Nickelodeon Movies.

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