Ed Leonard Expands Technology Role At Dreamworks
Ed Leonard, head of technology at DreamWorks Animation, has been promoted to a position where he will oversee technology for all DreamWorks animation facilities. His responsibilities now encompass both traditional and computer-animated film productions at DreamWorks Glendale facility, as well as the PDI/DreamWorks location in Northern California. Leonard will also play a key role in setting up a new CG production pipeline in Glendale. Due to launch in the next year, the new production arm will be a state-of-the-art computer animation studio. DreamWorks Animation currently has several projects in various stages of development and production. Due in theaters May 2002, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, a traditionally animated adventure about a wild mustang stallion, will be DreamWorks next animated feature. Other films in the works include two new computer animated comedies slated to start production at PDI/DreamWorks next year, MADAGASCAR and a sequel to the summer blockbuster SHREK. Serving as head of technology for DreamWorks Animation since 1999, Leonard has been responsible for the development, deployment and support of all technology for feature animated film production at DreamWorks. Prior to joining the company, he led the core and 3D software development groups at Disney Feature Animation and played a key role in developing the enabling technology for several feature films including THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE LION KING, MULAN and DINOSAUR.