Illumination Entertainment has promoted Gail Harrison to president of marketing and branding. Harrison has been at the studio behind “Despicable Me” and “Minions” for five years. She was previously…
Disney has Mickey Mouse, Warners has Bugs Bunny, but until just eight years ago, Universal Studios hadn't put much stock in cartoon characters. Now, one can hardly reference the studio or its recent…
Universal has set a trio of July dates for upcoming animated titles from Illumination, which produced the “Despicable Me” movies and “Minions.” The first film will open on July 13, 2018; the second…
“Minions” has crossed the $500 million mark at the international box office, Universal Pictures announced Monday. The comedy opened in first place in 55 territories, setting the record in 29 markets…
After scoring with “Despicable Me 2” this summer, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment will release a spin off movie starring the franchise’s yellow Minions to July 10, 2015. The film…
Judging by the numbers, the 'Despicable Me' creatures' appeal is undeniable, and yet, Illumination honcho Chris Meledandri is also eager to introduce the studio's next batch of unique characters.
PARIS–France is openings its arms even wider to Hollywood and other foreign shoots. After keeping the French industry on edge for over six months, the European Commission has finally greenlit a major…
The animation community was shocked to learn that the "Despicable Me 2" team were recasting Al Pacino's role with Benjamin Bratt less than six weeks before the film's Annecy festival premiere.
Universal/Illumination's endearing, if slightly less inspired, sequel finds the still-surly Gru just lonely enough to accommodate a love interest.
The yellow Twinkie-shaped characters have not only helped launch Universal's first family franchise in well over a decade, but have instantly made the studio a major player in the lucrative animation…
Veteran animated feature film executive Tito Ortiz has returned to Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment as its new VP of development.