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Illumination Hires Netflix Alum Mike Moon for New Label to Expand Beyond Family Fare

Mike Moon, who spent nearly five years overseeing adult animation at Netflix, is headed to Minions studio Illumination Entertainment. Moon will launch his own label, Moonlight, with the aim of creating projects beyond the family fare Illumination is known for. He will assume the title president of Moonlight, and will serve as senior creative advisor […]

Brian Selznick Book ‘Big Tree,’ Inspired by a Steven Spielberg and Chris Meledandri Idea, Set For Publication in 2023

Big Tree, an illustrated novel by Brian Selznick that began as an original idea from Steven Spielberg with Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO Chris Meledandri, will be published by Scholastic on April 4, 2023. Meledandri’s Illumination animation studio, which will next release Minions: The Rise of Gru on July 1, will own the film rights […]

‘Super Mario Bros.’ Animated Film to Star Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy

The Super Mario Bros. animated movie is powering up with an all-star voice cast led by Chris Pratt as the iconic Nintendo character. It now has a North American release date of Dec. 21, 2022. Joining Pratt as Mario are Anya Taylor-Joy (Princess Peach) Charlie Day (Luigi), Jack Black (Bowser), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Seth Rogen […]

Illumination Taps Fox Vet Keith Feldman as COO

llumination — the animation studio behind 'Despicable Me,' 'Minions' and most recently 'Sing' — has named Keith Feldman as its new COO.

Box Office: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Crashes With $33M, ‘Pets 2’ Top Dog at $47M

'The Secret Life of Pets 2' beat out 'Dark Phoenix' at the weekend box office.

Universal’s ‘Sing’ Sequel Moves Back to 2021

Illumination's 'Sing 2' moves to July 21, 2021, while DreamWorks' 'The Croods 2' goes to Christmas 2020.

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 on Feb. 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Benedict Cumberbatch Calls ‘The Grinch’ Recording Process “Weird” and “Wonderful”

'The Grinch' premiere: Benedict Cumberbatch, Danny Elfman and directors Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the making of the animated holiday movie.

After 42West Exit, Publicist Trio Launches The Lede Co.

Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon and Pharrell are joining The Lede Co., a PR firm launched by former 42West publicists Amanda Silverman, Meredith O'Sullivan Wasson and Sarah Levinson Rothman.

‘Mario’ Movie to Be Produced by Nintendo and Illumination

Universal Pictures will handle distribution worldwide.

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.

China Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Smashes Animation Records With $66M Opening

The debut was more than the entire China total of 'Despicable Me 2' in 2014.