First the hiring of former Walt Disney/Pixar boss John Lasseter to run Skydance Animation, which received an immediate backlash from Time’s Up and Women and Hollywood over the executive’s sexual harassment history. Now Universal said this afternoon that DreamWorks Animation Group president Chris deFaria, after two years in the position, is exiting the studio in the coming months.
In his place, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has promoted Dwa TV president Margie Cohn, who will now oversee both film and television operations. The news comes in the wake of the overseas launch of one of Dwa’s prized blockbuster and award-winning franchises, the threequel How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The pic opens stateside on February 22. It’s the studio’s first release since 2017’s Captain Underpants, which was made for $38M and grossed $125.5M worldwide.