Miramax Names Michael Lachance Exec VP of Its New Family & Animation Division

Formerly an executive at DreamWorks Animation and Sony Animation, he will oversee the new unit's creative direction.

Michael Lachance is joining Miramax as executive vp of its newly created Family & Animation division, it was announced today by Miramax CEO Bill Block. Lachance will head the creative direction of the division, overseen by chief operating officer and general counsel Bob Osher.

Most recently, Lachance was senior vp creative development at Sony Pictures Animation, where he was involved in the development of Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the Smurfs franchise. 

Before that, he was a senior development executive at DreamWorks Animation, where he had a hand in such films as Kung Fu PandaMadagascar, Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.