Paramount Pictures has tapped DreamWorks Animation alum Mireille Soria as president of Paramount Animation, the studio announced Monday. She’ll report to Marc Evans, the president of Paramount Motion Picture Group.
In her new role, Soria will be responsible for all operations of the animation group from creative development to release. She’ll also work closely with the Viacom teams to develop animated features.
Soria is an accomplished filmmaker and producer who most recently served as co-president of Feature Animation at DreamWorks Animation, where she oversaw creative development and production. At DWA, Soria oversaw such hit animated films as Trolls and Boss Baby. She also produced Captain Underpants, and the Madagascar franchise, which has grossed nearly $1.9 billion worldwide.
“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,” said Evans.
“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,” added Paramount chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos.
“I’m ecstatic to join such a legendary team of brilliant and successful filmmakers who understand good storytelling, and thrive on the wonderful, creative, and unique entertainment we get to bring to audiences worldwide. I can’t wait to get started,” said Soria.
Prior to joining DWA, Soria had a producing agreement with Fox Family Pictures, where she produced the modern fairy tale Ever After: A Cinderella Story starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. Her other producing credits include Home, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, as well as the Fox/DWA animated television series Neighbors from Hell for TBS.
Soria has also worked at ABC, the Steve Tisch Company and Disney, where she oversaw the development and production of such projects as The Mighty Ducks and its two sequels, Cool Runnings, and the live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.
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