EXCLUSIVE: After saying its acquisition of the Australian animation studio Animal Logic throughout yesterday’s earnings name, Deadline has discovered that Netflix is making inside strikes that may streamline its coterie of executives who’ll steer the Film Animation division.
Karen Toliver, VP Animation Film, is being promoted to lead the Animation Film team. With that change, Melissa Cobb will transfer from her position as VP Animation Film however will keep on with Netflix as a producer. Cobb joined the company 4 years in the past and to led the animation team and since then has constructed the studio from the bottom up, attracting filmmakers and delivering a various slate of ani movies up to now.
Also transitioning is Gregg Taylor, the VP Animation Film who’ll additionally turn out to be a producer. He too has been there 4 years, serving to to build the artistic team and oversee and shepherd the film slates, most lately The Sea Beast.
Bruce Daitch, who has been VP Animation Production Operations will exit the studio, however first will work on serving to the team transition and the mixing of Animal Logic that’s anticipated to maintain him busy the following few months.
Series animation stays unchanged, with John Derderian remaining as VP Animation Series team.
Traci Balthazor (VP Animation Film Production) and Mike Karafilis (Director Animation Series Production) will lead their respective groups.
The strikes are designed to increase the Netflix international animation footprint with Animal Logic a catalyst for that effort. Among the movies that Netflix has generated up to now are embrace Oscar nominated Robin, Robin, Klaus and Over the Moon, Kris Pearn’s The Willoughbys, the Clare Knight and Harry Cripps-directed Back to the Outback, the Richard Linklater-directed Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood, and the lately launched Chris Williams-directed The Sea Beast. Upcoming are Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild, Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Wendy Rogers’ The Magician’s Elephant, and an Aardman sequel to Chicken Run. Recent animated film acquisitions by Netflix embrace the Oscar-nominated The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Vivo!, worldwide on Spongebob: Sponge, and Wish Dragon.
Netflix confirmed the strategic reshuffle.
Said Scott Stuber, Head of Global Film: “Over 4 years in the past Melissa joined the company to lead our animation team and since then has constructed the studio from the bottom up. She’s attracted high filmmakers and delivered a various slate of award successful animated movies. Gregg was important to constructing our artistic team and he helped oversee and shepherd our unbelievable film slate to date, together with, most lately, The Sea Beast. We are excited to have them each proceed to be a part of the Netflix household as artistic producing companions.
“Our commitment is to build a world-class animation studio and Karen is a strong creative leader, with extensive experience to deliver our ambitious slate of animated films,” Stuber mentioned. “She is beloved in the animation community and has had an immediate impact in her few short months at Netflix and I look forward to seeing her thrive in this elevated position.”
Said VP Studio Operations Amy Reinhard: “Bruce has been the glue of Animation production for the past two years, managing the production pipelines, toolsets, and infrastructures while also building two brand new Animation production studios during a pandemic; I’m so grateful for everything he’s done.”
On Balthazor, she mentioned: “Traci has proven to be an incredible leader and collaborator, quickly adapting to the growing demands of the business scale and scope. With her experience, I am confident she will make a strong partner to Karen leading the animated film team.”