Ross developing lit work for DWA


Damon Ross has joined DreamWorks Animation as a senior development executive.

He arrives at the studio from Nickelodeon Movies, where he was vp development and production.

Ross will focus on acquiring and developing fresh literary projects and original material for the studio. He will handle day-to-day development of the studio's features alongside fellow senior development executive Chris Kuser. Ross will report to DWA's head of creative development and production Bill Damaschke and the studio's head of development, Kristine Belson. Ross' first projects were being sorted out at press time.

"Damon perfectly rounds out our development team here at DreamWorks," Damaschke said. "He has an amazing reputation for spotting the potential in writers and literary works while also being able to develop and produce enduring film properties. He not only has impeccable taste but also a great eye for talent. We are very excited to have him on board and look forward to developing a long string of exciting, new projects with him."

Said Ross, "DreamWorks has always been in the business of making giant, wide-appeal movies." He added that he also wishes to strive toward that goal. "The sensibility of DreamWorks Animation is also a little to the left, irreverent and flamboyant, that also seems to be part of their creative mandate."

Ross joined Nickelodeon Movies 12 years ago, when the division launched in New York. During his tenure, he optioned and shepherded the feature film development of several high-profile children's books, including "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events"; "The Spiderwick Chronicles," which Mark Waters is directing; "Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging"; and the picture book "Sector 7."

Last year, Ross co-produced the comedy "Nacho Libre," which was inspired by a true story that he discovered in 2003.