Blue Sky for Richardson

Ex-Fox Animation exec segues to G.M./sr. VP slot

Chuck Richardson, recently veep of physical production for 20th Century Fox Animation in Los Angeles, has joined Fox subsidiary Blue Sky Studios, based in Harrison, N.Y., as general manager and senior veep.

In his new post, Richardson will expand Blue Sky’s visual effects program and prepare the studio for feature film production. He will also be responsible for continuing the expansion of the studio’s high-end commercial animation division.

Chris Meledandri, prexy of Fox Animation Studios, said: “Chuck Richardson is a tremendously talented executive and, as head of physical production for Fox Animation, his talents have been critical to the division’s development. While we will certainly miss him in Los Angeles, I am confident that Chuck’s vision and experience will be vital during his exciting turning point for Blue Sky Studios.”

While at Fox Animation, Richardson oversaw the studio’s Phoenix production facility and served as a production exec on “Titan A.E.”

Richardson started out in the mailroom of Walt Disney Productions and later landed jobs in publicity and as a production executive on such live-action pics as “The Black Hole,” “Never Cry Wolf,” “Splash” and “Tron.”

Following his years at the Mouse House, Richardson was veep of production for Turner Films, where he created the business plan and ran production for Turner Feature Animation.

Richardson also served as production manager for Hyperion Pictures, where he was responsible for supervising the company’s first animation studio. He was also a consultant for Fox’s animated feature “Ferngully” and produced the animated television series “Family Dog” for Amblin Entertainment.