With direct-to-video releases and Broadway musicals being added to DreamWorks Animation’s production slate, the studio is restructuring its ranks, naming Shark Tale producer Bill Damaschke head of creative production and development, and bringing on Kristine Belson as head of development.
Damaschke, who is overseeing the musical stage production of Shrek, will oversee creative production and artistic development for all DreamWorks Animation projects, reporting to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and chief operating officer Ann Daly. The ten-year DreamWorks veteran was instrumental in training the studio’s 2D animators to produce its first in-house CG production, Shark Tale, and will continue to develop the company’s talent pool.
Reporting to Damaschke, Belson will oversee all feature film development and acquisition for DreamWorks Animation. She comes to the studio from the Jim Henson Co., where she served as VP of production. Her various producer credits include The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz, Five Children and It and Good Boy!. Before joining DreamWorks, she was working a s producer on Henson’s forthcoming sequel, Power of the Dark Crystal, and Puss ‘n Boots, a live-action film that will be competing with DreamWorks’ direct-to-video Shrek 2 spin-off about the storied cat.
Belson’s previous industry gigs include VP of production at Columbia Pictures, senior VP for Turner Pictures and director of production at 20th Century Fox. She’s listed as a producer on DreamWorks upcoming focusing on.