Los Angeles-based Alpha Animation has appointed Alex Schwartz as its new Head of Production, CEO Bob Bacon announced Wednesday. Schwartz is charged with overseeing creative development through production on the division’s feature animation slate.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Bob as we build this division from the ground up,” said Schwartz. “We are extremely fortunate to have such tremendous support from a parent company like Alpha Group.”
Schwartz joins Alpha from DreamWorks Animation, where as Head of Development she was involved in the development and production of films including How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek 4, Puss in Boots, The Croods and Home. She also produced the animated feature film Mr. Peabody & Sherman with director Rob Minkoff. She will serve as executive producer on Storyscape’s live-action remake of The Toxic Avenger (directed by Conrad Vernon).
Before DreamWorks, Schwartz was Head of Production at Walden Media, overseeing a slate that included Holes, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web and Journey to the Center of the Earth. She began her film career at Touchstone Pictures, working on many successful comedies including Sister Act, Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion and Rushmore.
Alpha Animation is a division of China-based Alpha Group, now the largest animation group and a leading pan-entertainment platform in China after evolving from a primarily toy-oriented company. Its aim is to produce animated features for worldwide distribution, with an eye toward developing original material as well as leveraging existing IP.