Sony Animation Production President Steps Down

Michelle Raimo Kouyate, production president of Sony Pictures Animation, is leaving the slot and taking a first-look producing deal with the studio.

Her new deal will cover animation and live action at Sony. Kouyate will also become a producer on the animated comedy “Medusa” and will oversee the transition to a yet-unnamed new head for the animation division.

Kouyate’s tenure included releases of “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Smurfs 2” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.” She joined the division in 2010 after holding posts at DreamWorks Animation, Miramax Films and Paramount Pictures.

Kouyate was also an exec producer on “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Sony currently has more than 20 first-look deals including pacts with Neal Moritz, Scott Rudin and Will Smith.

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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