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Illumination’s Chris Meledandri to Be Honored by Visual Effects Society

Chris Meledandri — the CEO of Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind the pill-shaped Minions — will receive the Visual Effects Society's lifetime achievement award during the 17th VES Awards…

Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Crosses the $1B Mark

Collectively, the four movies in the 'Despicable Me' series have made it the biggest animated franchise of all time.

Illumination’s Chris Meledandri Talks Success Secrets, Rumors He’ll Head DreamWorks

As the man behind those secretive pets, chattering minions and the villainous Gru, THR's Animation Producer of the Year has made Illumination Entertainment — next up with 'Sing' — a major player in…

Animation World Reacts to NBCUniversal’s DreamWorks Acquisition: New Industry “Super Player”

The FMX convention in Stuttgart, Germany was abuzz with the news of Universal's DWA acquisition as attendees praised Jeffrey Katzenberg and expressed confidence in Chris Meledandri's ability to lead…

Roundtable: 5 Top Animators on the Good and Bad of Celebrity Voices and Creative Input From Their Own Kids

The masterminds behind "Frozen," "Despicable Me 2," "Monsters University," "The Croods" and "Epic" on how star voices are great for marketing a film, but creatively, the character comes first -- and…

‘Despicable Me 2’s’ Mastermind: My Dad Was a Disruptor, Too

Chris Meledandri, whose sequel grossed almost $1 billion, recalls his fashion-designer father bringing Italian-style clothes to big cities: "If you were dressing in his clothes in New York or…

Chris Meledandri to Receive PGA’s Visionary Award

The Illumination Entertainment CEO, who produced the animated hit "Despicable Me 2," will be honored at the PGA Awards on Jan. 19

‘Despicable Me’s’ Chris Meledandri: Animation Market Is Cannibalizing Itself

The founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment warns that studios release "too many films and there's not enough room."

Box Office Preview: ‘The Lorax,’ ‘Project X’ Look to Lead Another Boom Weekend

The film adaptation of Dr. Seuss' celebrated children's story hopes to match the $39 million debut of "Rango" a year ago; "Project X" is the latest found-footage movie to hit the multiplex.

Taylor Swift Joins ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’

The country singer will star alongside Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Betty White in Universal and Illumination Entertainment's CGI-animated adaptation.

Five Secrets of PGA Nom ‘Despicable Me’s’ $542 Million Success

What made "Despicable Me" an unexpected $542 million success and earned Chris Meledandri a PGA nomination? The fact that it was unexpected, says Meledandri, who shared today's nom with John Cohen…