DreamWorks Animation Taps Former Top Nick Exec Marjorie Cohn To Spearhead
Studio's Television Efforts
Industry Vet Mark Taylor and DWA Exec Peter Gal Round Out New TV Leadership
Team Charged with Delivering 1200 Episodes of Original Programming
GLENDALE, Calif., July 31, 2013
GLENDALE, Calif., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq:
DWA) has named children's programming leader and former Nickelodeon executive
Marjorie Cohn as its first-ever Head of Television, overseeing the production
and development for DreamWorks Animation's television efforts. A 26-year
veteran of Nickelodeon, Cohn most recently held the role of President, Content
Development, completing a Nickelodeon tenure during which she was engaged in
the development, creation and production of some of the most successful
children's programs in television history including SpongeBob Squarepants,
Rugrats, iCarly, and the Kids' Choice Awards. With Cohn's contributions,
Nickelodeon grew to be the number one cable broadcaster in the world.
Cohn's arrival at DreamWorks Animation provides experienced leadership as the
studio significantly expands its television efforts. The studio's TV efforts
have seen substantial growth in the past year, beginning with the 2012
acquisition of Classic Media's extensive property portfolio, followed by
landmark production and distribution agreements with Netflix and Germany's
Super RTL earlier this year. As a result, Cohn and her team will be
responsible for the development and production of 1200 new original episodes
over the next five years. This production slate will feature TV series that
are based on DreamWorks' current franchises, future films and the most popular
heritage properties from Classic Media.
"Having Margie join us to oversee our television efforts is an incredible coup
for DreamWorks Animation. She is uniquely suited with the experience, skill
and creativity to immediately dive in and oversee our aggressive expansion
into this space," said DreamWorks Animation Chief Operating Officer Ann Daly.
"Margie has tremendous instincts when it comes to kids' programming, and we
can't wait to unleash her creative force on DreamWorks' vast IP to bring
exciting new content to families across the world."
Joining Cohn as Head of Television Production is TV veteran Mark Taylor, who
was most recently at the helm of Nickelodeon Animation Studio, which he built
and grew throughout his tenure. While at Nick, Taylor served as Senior Vice
President and General Manager and was responsible for all of the network's
in-house animation productions. Cohn and Taylor worked together for 15 years
at Nickelodeon, during which time the network produced massive hits including
SpongeBob, Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, Fairly Odd Parents, Hey Arnold and
Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Peter Gal, the DreamWorks Animation executive who oversees creative on
DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk and Turbo F.A.S.T., rounds out the new
leadership group as Head of Television Development. Prior to three years as
Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox, Gal spent five years at
Nickelodeon, developing animated programming including the DreamWorks
Animation-inspired Penguins of Madagascar, which has won multiple Emmy Awards
for Outstanding Children's Programming.
Together, this team is uniquely positioned to leverage the DreamWorks
Animation portfolio and elevate its television efforts on a global scale.
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) creates high-quality entertainment,
including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live
entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company
has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and
advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been
named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for
five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list.
All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company
has theatrically released a total of 27 animated feature films, including the
franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your
Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.
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