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Mireille Soria Named President of Paramount Animation

Mireille Soria


Mireille Soria Named President of Paramount Animation

Roughly eight months after stepping away from DreamWorks Animation, industry vet Mireille Soria is taking on a new role in the feature toon business as President of Paramount Animation. The appointment comes as Paramount Pictures is rebuilding under new chairman Jim Gianopulos, with a focus on returning to the studio’s franchise library — especially its well-performing animation brands. Soria will report to Marc Evans, Motion Picture Group President.

Soria was co-President of feature animation at DreamWorks since 2015, appointed alongside Bonnie Arnold, overseeing The Boss Baby, Captain Underpants and Trolls. As a producer, she delivered DWA’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Sinbad: Legends of the Seven Seas, 2005’s Madagascar and its follow-ups. She also served as a creative consultant on the Madagascar spin-off series, The Penguins of Madagascar. Prior, she had a production deal with Fox Family Pictures, with credits including live-action fairytale Ever After. Soria has also served as VP of Production for Walt Disney Pictures.

Paramount Animation was launched in 2011 following the success Oscar-winning co-pro Rango, and delivered its first film in 2015: the hybrid flick The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which grossed $325.2 million. The studio had not had a dedicated animation division since 1967, when it shuttered Paramount Cartoon Studios (Famous Studios). The new branch’s second release arrived in January — another hybrid, Monster Trucks, produced with Nickelodeon Movies and Disruption Ent.

Upcoming Paramount Animation releases include Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes (MGM, Rocket Pictures, Mikros Image) and Amusement Park (Ilion Animation Studios, Nickelodeon Movies) in 2018; an untitled Nicktoons feature and third SpongeBob movie in 2019; and The Loud House in 2020.

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