Chris DeFaria
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United States
2018

DreamWorks Animation SKG

Chris
DeFaria

President, Feature Animation

Long a Warners exec, DeFaria took the newly created position of president of DreamWorks Feature Animation in early 2017, tapped with guiding a remake of the cartoon studio after its purchase by Comcast. He oversees all aspects of feature animation, from slate strategy to business affairs. He had been at Warner Bros. for 20 years, starting as VP of physical production and moving on to president, animation and technology innovation. In 2006, Warners converged the animation, digital and VFX departments, and he became executive VP of digital production and animation. DreamWorks currently has six films under way, including the eagerly awaited “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “Abominable” and “Trolls 2.” He was on the founding board of FilmAid International, and will leave his position at Dreamworks in 2019.

Career

  • HAPPY FEET TWO
  • GRAVITY
  • READY PLAYER ONE

Education

  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

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Chris DeFaria to Become President of DreamWorks Animation

Chris DeFaria to Become President of DreamWorks Animation

UPDATED: Veteran Warner Bros. executive Chris deFaria will become the new president of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group, continuing the remake of the cartoon studio since its purchase by Comcast last April, Universal Pictures confirmed Tuesday.In the new position, deFaria "will oversee all aspects of the studio's feature animation business, including slate strategy, development, production, innovation and technology, and business affairs," said an announcement from Universal.DeFaria will report to Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley and also work closely with Universal Pictures...

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