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Mireille Soria is exiting her post as co-president of DreamWorks Animation, leaving Bonnie Arnold, who shared the co-president title with her, to serve as president. Soria plans to remain at the studio as a producer of its Madagascar franchise.
Soria and Arnold were named co-presidents of feature animation at DWA in January 2015, following the departure of Bill Damaschke as chief creative officer, and in August 2016, they were both named co-presidents of the studio as part of a restructuring in the wake of Comcast’s $3.8 billion acquisition of DWA.
Before moving into the executive suit, Soria had produced such DWA movies as Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Sinbad: Legends of the Seven Seas before producing 2005’s Madagascar and its various sequels. As an exec, she was involved in overseeing the upcoming 2017 releases The Boss Baby and Captain Underpants.
In a Dec. 12 memo, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley informed the DWA staff that Soria would be leaving her executive role to focus on producing.
Arnold, Langley wrote, “will remain president, with full oversight of development and production for the feature animation group.”
Langley went on to say, “Mireille is an incredibly passionate and talented filmmaker who has contributed to the DreamWorks Animation legacy. She has shepherded a successful slate of films during her tenure at the studio, including the Madagascar franchise, of which she will continue to be involved as a producer. I want to personally thank both Mireille and Bonnie for their guidance and stewardship during this time of transition. As we close out 2016, we are energized for the New Year and looking forward to accomplishing great things together in 2017.“