President, Walt Disney Feature Animation
Exec trivia: Stainton’s been at Disney his entire career, since starting as a special projects manager in 1989.
The basics: Served as VP, then president, of the Mouse TV animation unit. This year, he took over Disney Feature Animation, and currently oversees the studio’s upcoming ani features (“Brother Bear,” “Home on the Range,” “Valiant”), all of which were launched before he took over. His previous experience on the feature side consisted of a creative exec stint on “Lion King,” and a gig running the company’s Paris studio.
Rep: Largely an unknown on the creative front, Stainton has gained kudos for boosting Disney’s TV and video efforts. He takes over animated features as the studio consolidates direct-to-video with theatrical animation in an attempt to make the department leaner.
POV: “Animation remains, culturally, the heart and soul of this company. At the same time, of course, we have made changes in an effort to make our business more efficient and build a stronger foundation. We try to stay away from this whole ‘2D versus 3D’ debate. We’ll make features in whatever medium is best for that story. We have lots of stuff in development right now, so people should not read anything into the fact that we do not currently have a new 2D film in production.”