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DreamWorks Ups Arnold, Soria; Damaschke Steps Down

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DreamWorks Ups Arnold, Soria; Damaschke Steps Down

DreamWorks Animation announced today that it has appointed veteran producers Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria as co-presidents of feature animation.

In their new roles, Arnold and Soria will oversee creative development and production for DreamWorks Animation’s theatrical releases. Between them, they have produced eight films at DreamWorks that have grossed more than $3.5 billion globally.

As part of this transition, chief creative officer Bill Damaschke will step down from his position.

Arnold is a twelve-year veteran at DreamWorks Animation with 31 years of filmmaking experience. She oversees DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon film franchise, the first two installments of which have grossed more than $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. In addition, Arnold produced the 2006 DreamWorks Animation release Over the Hedge, the Disney blockbuster Tarzan and the history-making film Toy Story, which combined have earned more than $1 billion in worldwide box office. An accomplished filmmaker in nearly every genre, she produced the Sony Pictures Classics release The Last Station, which garnered two Oscar nominations as well as nominations from the Screen Actors Guild; the Golden Globes; and the Independent Spirit Awards, including a nomination for Best Picture.

Soria has 31 years of production leadership experience, including fifteen at DreamWorks Animation, where she has overseen the successful Madagascar franchise, including three films that collectively have grossed nearly $1.9 billion at the worldwide box office. She also produced the Academy Award-nominated animated adventure Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron following a successful career developing and producing a varied group of live-action feature film and television projects. Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Mireille held a deal at Fox Family Pictures, where she produced the romantic Cinderella story Ever After. She had previously held the post of vice president of production for Walt Disney Pictures.

(from left) Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria

(from left) Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria

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