Stainton is former prexy of Walt Disney Features Animation

Paramount is getting down to business with the animation division it announced in July, hiring Disney vet David Stainton to run the in-house toon factory that preempted negotiations with DreamWorks Animation over their distribution deal that expires next year.

Studio plans to produce one animated pic a year starting in 2014.

At the Mouse House, Stainton rose to prexy of Walt Disney Features Animation. In his new role, which takes effect this week, Stainton will report to Adam Goodman, President of the Paramount Motion Picture Group.

“The success of ‘Rango’ this year helped us recognize our potential and ability to create wonderfully imaginative animated pictures with global appeal,” said Brad Grey, Chairman & CEO of Paramount Pictures. “David is a proven leader with a broad portfolio of experience in animation and family entertainment. He will be a welcome addition to Adam’s highly talented team.”

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