Blue Sky division reups exec VP-COO Brian Keane
Fox Filmed Entertainment has reupped its deal with Fox Animation Studios prexy Vanessa Morrison.Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios, a subsidiary of the toon studio, has also re-enlisted exec VP and chief operating officer Brian Keane, who will continue to report to Morrison. Morrison became prexy of the toon division in 2007 and most recently oversaw “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” which has grossed $380 million worldwide since its opening last month. Exec has also overseen some of Fox’s most successful animated pics during her tenure as prexy. Last year, “Rio” earned $487 million worldwide, spawning a sequel for 2014. 2009′s “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” earned $887 million worldwide and inspired a live show that is set to start touring in November. Up next for the animation division is Chris Wedge’s 3D “Epic,” starring Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson and Amanda Seyfried. Morrison began her career at Fox as an intern in 1994. She served as exec VP, senior VP and VP before taking over the prexy position from Chris Meledandri when he left for Universal five years ago. Keane joined Connecticut-based Blue Sky in 1999 as CFO and was promoted to general manager three years later. He became the COO in 2007 and oversaw the studio’s move from New York to Connecticut in 2008.