Illumination Taps Tito Ortiz as VP of development

He had previously worked for Meledandri before leaving to pursue a career in music

Veteran animated feature film executive Tito Ortiz has returned to Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment as its new VP of development.

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 helmed by Pete Candeland.

Illumination has “Despicable Me 2” set to bow on July 3.

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