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The shake-up continues at Paramount Pictures.
New Paramount president and CEO Brian Robbins announced Thursday that Nickelodeon’s Ramsey Naito will succeed Mireille Soria as animation chief on the movie side.
Naito’s title will be expanded to include serving as president of animation and development of Paramount in addition to continuing to serve as president of animation and development of sister Viacom studio Nickelodeon Animation.
Soria, part of the regime put together by former Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos, is exiting the organization. Robbins succeeded Gianopulos earlier this month. Not long after, motion picture group president Emma Watts was shown the door.
Robbins brought Ramsey to Nick in 2020. He continues to oversee that company in addition to his new duties running the film studio.
“Ramsey is one of the savviest executives and creative minds in our industry. During her time at Nick, she has transformed and reinvigorated the Animation Studio division with her sharp business instincts, deep stable of relationships and unique eye for great storytelling, and I’m thrilled to have her bring her talents to this expanded role where she can further elevate our overall animation business,” Robbins said in a statement.
Added Robbins, “Mireille has been a driving force in building out a new, dynamic and modern chapter of Paramount Animation. We thank her for her many contributions to the organization and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Under Naito’s leadership, Nickelodeon Animation launched its largest animation slate in the network’s 40-plus-year history, feeding its content pipeline across all formats and platforms.
She’s credited with revitalizing Nick and bringing over 70 projects to the animation studio, inking deals with top talent and creators, and forging key partnerships to further bolster Nick’s content across preschool, kids, theatrical and its studio business.
Soria assumed her role as head of Paramount Animation in 2017. Her exit follows the departure of former Paramount chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos and motion picture group president Emma Watts.
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