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...
Fox’s animation boss has successfully ramped up the studio’s profile and output and raised the creative bar since taking over the reins in 2007. With the 2016 release “Ice Age: Collision Course,” the $408 million-grossing fifth installment in the franchise, the popular “Ice Age” series has amassed more than $3.2 billion worldwide to date, making it the highest-grossing animated franchise, internationally.
Morrison, a huge animation fan herself, also oversaw 2015’s 3D CGI “The Peanuts Movie,” which grossed $246 million worldwide, and, along with Reel FX Animation Studios, she oversaw the critically acclaimed 2014 release “The Book of Life,” produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. She’s also a key player in the success of Fox’s “Rio” franchise (the films, directed by Carlos Saldanha, have grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide).
She oversaw the 3D animated comedy-adventure “Epic,” which was directed by Chris Wedge and released in 2013, and the critically acclaimed “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” She contributed to the $295 million worldwide success of “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”
Up next for Fox Animation and Morrison, who started as an intern at the studio, is “Ferdinand,” coming out late 2017 from director Saldanha, and “Pigeon Impossible” set for 2019. Both are in production at Blue Sky Studios.