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Kristine Belson reups Sony contract, expands remit

The president of Sony Pictures Animation is now also responsible for producing animated series for TV and streaming.
October 3, 2019

Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson has renewed her contract with Sony Pictures Entertainment, which has expanded her responsibilities to include producing animated series for TV and streaming. Belson is taking on the new title of president, Sony Pictures Animation, features and series.

Belson will continue reporting to Tom Rothman, the chairman of Sony Picture Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group and will liaise with Sony Pictures Television Chairman Mike Hopkins on the TV side, while working with Sony Picture Television Studio’s co-presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter on some projects.

Belson has been the president of Sony Pictures Animation since 2015, and in that time she oversaw the Hotel Transylvania franchise turning it into a US$1.3-billion dollar franchise, according to Sony. She also was in charge of the team for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which won Sony Picture Animation its first-ever Academy Award and grossed more than US$375 million at the global box office.

She is also responsible for growing the studio’s overall output and is now overseeing a dozen projects in active development including the Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) animated comedy The Mitchells vs. The Machines; Vivo, the studio’s first-ever animated musical about a monkey striving to fulfill his musical destiny; a reimagining of Cartoon Network’s animated series The Boondocks for HBO Max and an Elvis-inspired adult animated comedy for Netflix Agent King.

Prior to starting at Sony, Belson spent nearly a decade at DreamWorks Animation where she executive produced How to Train Your Dragon and was nominated for an Academy Award for The Croods. Before working at DreamWorks she developed and produced live-action and animated films as a EVP of production at the Jim Henson Company, including Muppets from Space! 

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