Veteran animated feature film executive Tito Ortiz has returned to Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment as the company’s new VP of development, according to a report by Variety.
Ortiz was one of the original employees at Illumination when it opened its doors in 2007, serving as director of development until 2011. Ortiz left to pursue a music career but was continuing to help assist the company in developing several properties.
Ortiz will be involved in the development of new feature film projects including the upcoming reboot of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which will be directed by Pete Candeland.
Illumination has Despicable Me 2 set to debut on July 3.