Tendo Nagenda has been promoted from his position as a senior creative executive to executive vice president of production at the Walt Disney Studios.
Nagenda has served in the creative post since 2010, seeing the studio’s live-action features all along their life-cycle, from development to post-production. Among his recent projects was “Cinderella,” which brought in more than $540 million worldwide at the box office and landed among the top ten grossing films domestically.
Nagenda is the development executive responsible for the Sept. 23 release “Queen of Katwe,” about a young African chess champion and starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. He also helped develop “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson in the title role of Disney’s remake of the animated hit. It is set to debut March 17, 2017.
Among upcoming projects from Nagenda are “A Wrinkle in Time,” with Ava DuVernay directing the fantasy adventure about a girl who travels into space with her brother and a friend to try to find her father. The young executive is also involved in development of “Dumbo,” with director Tim Burton, an adaptation of Tom Barron’s Young Merlin series, with writer Philippa Boyens, and a live-action version of “Mulan,” a new take on the animated movie that Disney debuted in 1998.
Prior to Disney, Nagenda served as vice president of production at Good Universe and worked in creative positions at both Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Warner Independent Pictures.