Paramount Animation Production Topper Bob Bacon Exits Studio

Bob Bacon, Paramount Animation’s executive VP, production, is leaving the studio and his position will be eliminated.

Bacon had been at Paramount for just under four years. He had previously been a producer and consultant, after having been an executive VP at Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1991 to 2006.

The studio’s president of physical production, Lee Rosenthal, will add oversight of animation production to his duties. He will not be the only physical production chief at a major with both live-action and animation responsibilities — Warner’s Steve Papazian, for one, also oversees animation production.

Paramount Animation, the studio’s animation division, was created after the studio released “Rango” and ended its relationship with DreamWorks Animation. It released its first feature, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” in February 2015. Its slate includes “Monster Trucks,” and it recently struck an alliance with Ilion Animation Studios of Spain, which will handle production on a tentpole film with IP created at Paramount. Both pics are scheduled for release in 2016.

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