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Disney Chooses Chu As New VP Animation

Walt Disney has promoted Leo Chu to the position of vice president, creative affairs for Walt Disney Feature Animation. Chu will now oversee the development of new features at the California, Florida and Paris-based Disney studios. Previously Chu had worked in various development roles on MULAN and DINOSAUR. Prior to joining the animation wing, Chu helped develop projects for Walt Disney Pictures. Currently, Chu is focusing his attention on next year's ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE. "Leo has been an invaluable asset to our development team and has worked on some of our most successful features over the last seven years," said Thomas Schumacher, president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Television Animation and Theatrical. "I'm most impressed with his work on DINOSAUR, and know he will continue to develop sensational projects like these going forward." Pam Coats, senior VP, creative affairs for Walt Disney Feature Animation, added, "Leo has a keen eye, a great understanding of the business and has done meticulous work for us on so many titles. I am glad we are able to expand his purview."

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