11:47am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Sony Pictures Animation Hires Illumination VP Alison Mann
Alison Mann has joined the creative executive team at Sony Pictures Animation, coming over from Illumination Entertainment, where she served as vp talent. She joins SPA in the newly created role of vp creative/strategy.
"In her role, Alison will support SPA's feature film and series-based development," SPA president Kristine Belson wrote in a letter to staff. "Working with the creative group, Alison will be assigned across projects with a particular focus on fostering international talent."
Mann began her career at Nickelodeon Animation Studios and has also held roles at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Zynga, Disney Interactive and Paramount Pictures Animation.
Mann is also co-founder of the BRIC Foundation, a group whose goal is to create new access points for women and other underrepresented groups to excel in creative leadership.