Paramount Names Mireille Soria Animation President
She previously served as co-president of feature animation at DreamWorks Animation.
Paramount Pictures has named Mireille Soria president of Paramount Animation, where she will report to Marc Evans, president of the Motion Picture Group. Soria previously served as co-president of feature animation at DreamWorks Animation until last December.
At DWA, Soria oversaw the animated movies Trolls and Boss Baby and recently produced Captain Underpants. She also produced the movies in the Madagascar franchise, which grossed nearly $1.9 billion worldwide, as well as earlier films such as Home, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.
At Paramount, Soria will be responsible for all operations of the animation group from creative development to release and will also work closely with the various Viacom teams to develop animated feature films.
“Mireille is a seasoned producer and filmmaker and has been a driving force in the animation industry, ushering many features to the big screen. We welcome her expertise, invaluable insight and overall adoration for the animation space. We look forward to her adept leadership at Paramount Pictures," Evans said Monday in making the announcement.
Commented Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos: “I’ve known and have worked with Mireille for many years and know that with her running our animation group, Paramount continues to build a great team for the future. With her creative instinct and talents, Mireille will help us grow the studio and develop a strong slate strategy in animation.”
Prior to joining DWA, Soria had a producing deal with Fox Family Pictures, where she produced Ever After: A Cinderella Story. Previous to that, she was a production vp at Disney, where she oversaw development of The Mighty Ducks and its two sequels, Cool Runnings and a live-action 1994 version of The Jungle Book.