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Cinesite Hollywood has tapped Chris Bailey as director of animation, in an attempt to beef up the f/x facility’s inhouse computer-generated character capabilities.

In the newly created role, Bailey will orchestrate an expansion of the facility’s 3-D character animation portfolio, overseeing all animation work — character and non-character related. He reports to Dan Lombardo, veep of production.

He most recently was director of animation at f/x facility Dream Quest Images and supervised animation for the Disney pics “Inspector Gadget,” “Mighty Joe Young” and “Hocus Pocus.” He also was executive producer-director of “Kim Possible,” the cel-animated series airing on the Disney Channel.

“Chris Bailey is one of those rare individuals who has the talent and experience to bring animation to life,” said Ruth Scovill, prexy and chief operating officer of Cinesite Hollywood. “We are proud of the 3-D characters we created for ‘Red Planet’ and “Megiddo’ and other films, but there are more scripts calling for the seamless integration of believable 3-D animated characters and backgrounds into live-action films. Chris is a talented animator who brings vision, leadership and proven experience to this new role.”

Bailey was an animator at Walt Disney Studios from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, where he worked on “Hercules,” “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid,” and directed themepark films, as well, for Disney’s California Adventure and Animal Kingdom parks.

“Computers allow animation and live-action to blend together in exciting new ways,” Bailey said. “Cinesite has the technology, the creative team and the desire to make dreams come true and that’s why we are all in this industry.”

Cinesite is currently finishing up visuals for MGM’s “Windtalkers” and DreamWorks’ “Road to Perdition,” and is readying to tackle the next installment of the James Bond franchise “Die Another Day,” Disney’s “Shanghai Knights” and Steven Soderbergh’s sci-fier “Solaris.”