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Fox Executive Shuffle Brings Animation Production Into Live-Action Deck

Just two weeks after Fox Animation president Chris Meledandri startled 20th Century Fox by jumping to Universal to set up a family entertainment production unit, Fox is shaking up the executive hierarchy in a major move that brings animation into the live-action production fold.

Several key Fox executives are being promoted in a companywide overhaul that will see 20th Century Fox president Hutch Parker now serve as vice chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, overseeing both 20th Century Fox and Fox Animation.

Vanessa Morrison will take over Meledandri’s duties, moving from her post as a senior VP of production at 20th Century Fox, where she’s overseen CGI-intensive and family-oriented pics such as the “Garfield” pics, “Dr. Dolittle” and the “Cheaper by the Dozen” franchise. A 12-year veteran of Fox, she’ll report to Parker. Morrison takes over a slate that includes this summer’s “The Simpsons: The Movie,” along with “Horton Hears a Who,” “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and another “Ice Age” sequel.

Fox is also making changes at Blue Sky Studios, the company’s CGI facilities. Brian Keane, general manager and chief financial officer, has been elevated to chief operating officer and CFO.

And Bruce Anderson, an associate producer on Fox Animation’s “Horton Hears a Who,” will retain his duties on that film and also become general manager of Blue Sky.

Meledandri had overseen the modern incarnation of Fox Animation since its beginnings, helping to transform former f/x house Blue Sky into the studio’s successful producers of CG-animated pics including “Ice Age,” “Robots” and “Ice Age: The Meltdown.”

[via Variety.com]

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