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Schwartz New Head of Development at DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation today announced that Alex Schwartz has been named Head of Development, overseeing all projects for the studio.

She's filling the position vacated by Kristine Belson, who will produce the studio's upcoming feature film with the working title, CROOD AWAKENING.

Schwartz began her entertainment career in 1990 at Walt Disney Studios' Touchstone Pictures, where she oversaw such titles as WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, SISTER ACT, ROMY AND MICHELLE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION and RUSHMORE.

She departed the studio in 1998 with the title of Senior Vice President. After a two-year stint as Head of Production at Bel Air Entertainment, where her film credits included ROCKSTAR and PAY IT FORWARD, Schwartz relocated to New York, where she joined filmed family entertainment company Walden Media in 2001.

As Walden's Executive Vice President in charge of overseeing the creative group, Schwartz personally produced and managed numerous projects, including HOLES, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, CHARLOTTE'S WEB and BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, as well as several upcoming feature films: NIM'S ISLAND, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin; JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D, starring Brendan Fraser and "City of Ember," with Bill Murray.

After attending Boston University and earning a Master's degree in journalism from NYU, Schwartz began working in documentary production.

In her new position, Schwartz will directly report to Bill Damaschke.