DreamWorks Animation Makes Exec Decisions

As it ramps up to produce two CG theatrical releases and additional direct-to-video features each year, DreamWorks Animation has brought John Batter back on board as a senior production exec. Also coming to the team is Nancy Bernstein, who will serve as head of production for the studio’s Glendale campus. Meanwhile, Jane Hartwell has been promoted to head of global production after nine years with the toon shop.

Batter spent the last six years as general manager at Electronic Arts’ Redwood Shores and Los Angeles studios, where he oversaw the development of titles in such hit franchises as James Bond, The Lord of The Rings, Knockout Kings, Freekstyle, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and Medal of Honor.

Bernstein comes to DreamWorks Animation from Digital Domain, where she led the studio’s effects production on the Academy Award-winning What Dreams May Come and the Oscar-nominated I, Robot. She also worked as an exec visual effects producer on more than 30 films, including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, A Beautiful Mind and Aeon Flux. In her new role, she will oversee all aspects of physical production in Glendale, reporting to Hartwell.

Hartwell’s new responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects of physical production for the studio. She started at PDI in 1996 and served as a production manager on Antz, the company’s first CG-animated film, and was later made associate producer on Shrek. Hartwell was promoted to head of digital production for Glendale in 2001 and helped spearhead the company’s transition from traditional 2D animation to computer-generated features. In 2004, she also assumed responsibility for production at DreamWorks Animation’s Redwood City campus.