Former Nickelodeon Movies exec Damon Ross has joined the DreamWorks Animation team as a senior development executive in charge of acquiring and developing literary projects and other original material for the studio. He will handle day-to-day development of the studio’s features alongside fellow senior development exec Chris Kuser, and will report to DreamWorks Animation’s head of creative development and production, Bill Damaschke, and head of development, Kristine Belson.
Ross, who most recently co-produced the Jack Black comedy Nacho Libre, served as VP of development and production at Nickelodeon Movies. During his 12-year tenure there, he optioned and shepherded the development of films based on such children’s books as Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and the upcoming The Spiderwick Chronicles; Angus, Thongs & Full Frontal Snogging; and the award-winning picture book Sector 7.
DreamWorks Animation recently announced plans to produce all CG animated films in stereoscopic 3D starting in 2009. The studio’s first film to be built from the ground-up with 3D technology is Monsters vs. Aliens (working title), which is now in production for summer 2009 release. Up next for the studio is the Jerry Seinfeld comedy Bee Movie, slated for a November debut, with Kung Fu Panda kicking in for 2008. The studio is also at work on a sequel to the 2005 hit Madagascar for 2008, and a fourth Shrek installment that will bring the franchise into the third dimension.