Chou arrives at the Shanghai-based company with a broad range of experience, including serving as vice president of original series at Spike TV. She helped launch the network and its original animation programming. Before that, Chou served as director of development at Nicklelodeon and worked as a development executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation, the Disney team oversaw “Mulan,” “Toy Story 2” and “Hercules.”
“Peilin’s prolific background and distinguished achievements bring an invaluable level of expertise to Oriental DreamWorks,” said James Fong, Oriental DreamWorks CEO. “She will be instrumental in advancing our mission to create world-class family entertainment in China for both the local and global markets and I am elated that she will be building our entire feature animation film slate and leading our development team.”
ODW is a joint venture backed by DreamWorks Animation, China Media Capital, Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Alliance Investment Limited. The outfit’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” is set for release Jan. 29, 2016, in both Mandarin and English.
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ruigang Li, chairman of Oriental DreamWorks, also praised the hiring of Chou, saying it would help Oriental DreamWorks as it “continues to build upon its status as a leader and innovator within the creative community in China and beyond.”
In her statement, Chou said she wants to make Oriental DreamWorks “a welcoming creative home for both established filmmakers and emerging artists in China and around the world.”