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Sony Pictures Animation Hires Kristine Belson as President

27 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired DreamWorks Animation veteran Kristine Belson to the newly created post of president of Sony Pictures Animation.

Belson, who received an Oscar nomination for “The Croods,” will report to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

“I’m thrilled to have Kristine join the studio — I know she has a first-rate sense of story and a great eye for material,” said Pascal. “But she’s more than that: Kristine is a visionary who will make our animation studio a home where the animation industry’s best talent can come and make the films they want to make. I am confident Kristine will help Spa become an even more vital component of the way we construct our overall slate.”

The animation division had been part of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. Bob Osher remains in charge of Spdp but »

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Sony Animation Production President Steps Down

23 January 2015 4:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michelle Raimo Kouyate, production president of Sony Pictures Animation, is leaving the slot and taking a first-look producing deal with the studio.

Her new deal will cover animation and live action at Sony. Kouyate will also become a producer on the animated comedy “Medusa” and will oversee the transition to a yet-unnamed new head for the animation division.

Kouyate’s tenure included releases of “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Smurfs 2″ and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.” She joined the division in 2010 after holding posts at DreamWorks Animation, Miramax Films and Paramount Pictures.

Kouyate was also an exec producer on “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Sony currently has more than 20 first-look deals including pacts with Neal Moritz, Scott Rudin and Will Smith.

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.


- Dave McNary

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Sony Pictures Animation President of Production Steps Down

23 January 2015 4:15 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michelle Raimo Kouyate will move forward as a producer with a first-look deal at the studio

Michelle Raimo Kouyate has stepped down as President of Production at Sony Pictures Animation, a rep for the studio told TheWrap.

After five years in her post, Raimo Kouyate will transition to a producer role with a first-look deal at Spa.

During her tenure, the company released titles like “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Smurfs” and the Adam Sandler-voiced “Hotel Transylvania.”

Also Read: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Testament of Youth,’ Starring ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Kit Harington

Raimo Kouyate will oversee »

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Selena Gomez Joins Paul Rudd for ‘The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving’

13 January 2015 2:34 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Selena Gomez is joining Paul Rudd in “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Rob Burnett wrote and is directing the adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s 2013 novel with Rudd in the role of Ben, a caregiver looking after Trevor, a tyrannical teenager in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’

Gomez will play Dot, a sassy teenager who embarks on a roadtrip with Ben and Trevor.

Filming begins January 22 in Atlanta.

Gomez is coming off of Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers, »

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Selena Gomez Joins Paul Rudd In ‘The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving’

13 January 2015 1:07 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Selena Gomez has zeroed in on her next film role. The recording star and actress has landed the female lead opposite Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd in The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving, directed by Emmy winner Rob Burnett.

Rudd will star in the indie drama as Ben, a caregiver looking after a frustrated teenager named Trevor who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Burnett, the veteran exec producer of The Late Show With David Letterman, adapted the script from Jonathan Evison’s 2013 novel of the same name. Donna Gigliotti and James Spies are producing the Levantine Film and Worldwide Pants production.

Gomez will play the role of Dot, a sassy young woman who hitches a ride with the pair during a road trip, and whose forwardness and lack of embarrassment about Trevor’s condition causes him to develop a crush on her.

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