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David Stainton Resigns from Paramount

David Stainton, president of Paramount Animation, has resigned for personal reasons.

David Stainton, president of Paramount Animation, has resigned for personal reasons, the studio announced Wednesday, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

"We are grateful for the time David spent at the studio and we wish him well in his future endeavors," Paramount Motion Picture Group president Adam Goodman said in a statement.

Following Stainton's departure, Goodman will be in charge of the animation development team.

Paramount's 2011 animated Western, Rango, featuring the voices of Johnny Depp and Isla Fisher, has grossed more than $240 million at the global box office. It's nominated for an Oscar this year in the best animated feature category. Also on the animation front: the studio invested in and distributed the Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, which raked in $372 million worldwide.

Stainton, who previously served as president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, was to launch Paramount's in-house animation unit in part to cope with prospective loss of its distribution deal with Jeffrey Katzenberg's Dreamworks Animation.

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