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Updated: Fox Bumps Up 3 Execs in Animation Division Shakeup

Vanessa Morrison will oversee Fox Family, covering all animated and live action projects aimed at young viewers and their parents, on both TV and in theaters. 

20th Century Fox Film is reorganizing its animation division, bumping up longtime head Vanessa Morrison to head up a new overarching division called Fox Family and setting Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird as co-presidents of Fox Animation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miloro and Baird will oversee Fox Animation, including the Fox-owned Blue Sky Studios, and will work with U.K.-based Locksmith Animation, which recently signed a production deal with the studio.

Baird wrote Blue Sky’s upcoming Ferdinand and has writing credits at Disney and Pixar that include Monsters, Inc., Cars, Chicken Little and Big Hero 6.

Miloro previously was senior VP of production at Fox Animation, coming to that role from VP and head of production at Sony Pictures Animation, where she oversaw the making of Open SeasonSurf’s UpCloudy with a Chance of MeatballsHotel Transylvania and Open Season 2

Baird will be based at Blue Sky Studios in Connecticut, and Milano will split her time between Connecticut and Los Angeles.

Under Morrison, Fox Family will develop both animated and live-action films aimed at younger audiences and their parents. She also will oversee the studio’s family animated television business, including holiday specials and projects like the big-screen version of Bob’s Burgers planned for 2020.

The move was made by Chairman and CEO Stacy Snider. According to Variety, Snider wants the studio to release at least one animated feature per year.

Source: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.