Sony Animation Gets A new President – but she has worked with Sony…when she was in Dreamworks
Lets start with the explanation:
(Kristine) Belson spent nearly a decade at DreamWorks Animation, where she produced The Croods and executive produced the first installment in the How to Train Your Dragon series. More recently, she was the executive producer on B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, which was unceremoniously halted in mid-production last Thursday as part of the DreamWorks’s restructuring plan.
To clear the way for Belson at Sony, Michelle Raimo Kouyate stepped down as president of production of Sony Pictures Animation last Friday. She had been in the role for four years. Raimo Kouyate will stay on the Sony lot with a first-look producing deal; the first project she is expected to produce is the previously-announced Medusa, for which Lauren Faust has been recruited to direct.
Get that, When Dreamworks made deals with the major studios for distrobution – Sony got 2, Paramount got the majority, Fox got at least 1. She did work on the two Sony films. (one of which, is canned as mentioned above)
In her new role, Belson will lead the development and production of original material as well as current and future franchises, focusing on creating an environment that nurtures animators and artists.
“I’m thrilled to have Kristine join the studio — I know she has a first-rate sense of story and a great eye for material,” said Pascal. “But she’s more than that: Kristine is a visionary who will make our animation studio a home where the animation industry’s best talent can come and make the films they want to make. I am confident Kristine will help SPA become an even more vital component of the way we construct our overall slate.”