With Bill Damaschke stepping down as chief creative officer of Dreamworks Animation, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is filling the positions with those who have produced successful films for the company in the past. Bonnie Arnold, who produced the hit “How to Train Your Dragon” and Mireille Soria, producer of the “Madagascar” series will be taking Damaschke’s place as co-presidents of feature animation, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Katzenberg comented, “Mireille and Bonnie are two of the most accomplished and prolific filmakers working in feature animation today. I am confident in their ability to marshal extensive creative resources available at our studios and to lead Dreamworks vast ranks of artists and filmakers as they produce the highest quality entertainment.”
Dreamworks has been struggling lately with a dearth of hits and has tried to diversify with AwesomenessTV. “How to Train Your Dragon, ” won Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, and its sequel is the highest grossing animated film of the past year. “Madagascar” films have grossed $1.9 million, although the latest film in the series, “Penguins of Madagascar” was seen as a disappointment, bringing in only $270.6 million.