As Paramount continues to prepare its upcoming film slate, the company has secured a number of new executive appointments, including Ramsey Naito—who produced DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby—as EVP of Paramount Animation.
Reporting to Paramount Animation president Mireille Soria, Naito will lead production on the next SpongeBob SquarePants movie, which is slated to premiere next year. She will also seek out new development projects and animation talent, and work closely with Soria to find cross-divisional opportunities with Nickelodeon and other Viacom brands.
As DreamWorks Animation’s former co-president of feature animation, Soria joined Paramount last July amid a rebuilding period that saw the company tap former Fox film chief Jim Gianopulos as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.
Paramount Animation’s new slate also includes Wonder Park (formerly Amusement Park), which will be released next March. Film adaptations of Nickelodeon series The Loud House and Henry Danger are also in the works.
Prior to DreamWorks Animation, Naito was a producer at Blue Sky Studios and served as head of movies at Cartoon Network. She was also formerly VP of development and production at Nickelodeon Movies. Her credits include Barnyard (2006), The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002), Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000).
Along with Naito’s appointment, Paramount has hired Emily Nordwind as VP of production and development, Katherine MacDonald as VP of production and marketing, and Maya Kambe as a creative executive.