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Now that the $3.8 billion deal has closed, NBCUniversal has unveiled DreamWorks Animation’s new senior management.
The DreamWorks feature animation group will be run by co-presidents of feature animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria, under the leadership of Universal chairman Donna Langley.
Margie Cohn, head of animation TV, will lead the integrated DreamWorks and Universal television animation business, reporting to Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell.
NBCUniversal brand development president Vince Klaseus will lead the combined Universal and DreamWorks Animation games, digital and consumer products organization, reporting to Shell.
Corporate functions as well as marketing and distribution will be fully aligned with the NBCUniversal structure.
“The DreamWorks Animation brand brings with it a cachet that few family entertainment companies can match,” NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer, Shell and Langley commented Tuesday in a joint statement. “As we integrate its operations into Universal Filmed Entertainment, we are confident the first-class team we’ve put in place to lead various segments will build on that great tradition of success across film, television and related businesses.”
DreamWorks Animation president Ann Daly will step down from her post, but will serve as an advisor during the transition.
Jeffrey Katzenberg will become chairman of DreamWorks New Media, which will oversee NBCU’s ownership stakes in Awesomeness TV and NOVA. The former DreamWorks Animation CEO — who will walk away with $400 million in cash from the deal — sent a memo to DreamWorks staffers on Monday, writing, “Looking down the road, I can’t wait to grab my popcorn and watch DWA keep raising the bar in the years ahead.”
Now that the deal is closed, Universal will work with Chris Meledandri, CEO of the Universal-owned Illumination Entertainment, to determine the best paths forward for Illumination and DWA projects and his role in both companies.
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