Nearly two months into her tenure as president of DreamWorks Animation film and TV, Margie Cohn has shuffled the company’s leadership and consolidated several department’s film and TV operations.
First off, Peter Gal (pictured) has been upped from EVP of development at DreamWorks Animation Television to the newly created role of chief creative officer. The position expands on his existing responsibilities, and he’ll continue to handle the preschool, current series, casting, music and creative talent management departments.
On the film side, DreamWorks is streamlining management so that one person is directly overseeing features Former EVP of production at Universal Pictures, Kristin Lowe has been named the, also newly created role, chief creative officer of features. She will oversee feature development, casting and artistic management as the company revs up preparations for the fall release of comedy-adventure feature Abominable, produced in association with Pearl Studio. Previously, Lowe oversaw production on multiple Universal films including the Fifty Shades trilogy and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. She has been working with the DWA team to develop its slate since the NBCU acquisition in 2016.
In addition to those new positions, Cohn is also consolidating the features and television divisions for marketing, public relations, business and legal affairs, human resources and recruiting. Moving forward Michael Vollman will serve as the EVP of marketing, Courtenay Palaski as SVP/head of communications, Josh Meyer as head of business affairs, and Ashley Brinsfield as head of human resources and recruiting. All of these roles report to Cohn.
These changes will also not lead to any layoffs at the studio. The broader purpose with this staffing move is to create a unified studio where IP can find the best home across film and TV portfolios.
Prior to her own promotion, Cohn has been with DreamWorks since 2013, when it was just getting into TV content, and the studio has since inked landmark deals with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. Before joining DreamWorks, Cohn filled various development and production roles at Nickelodeon, during her 26-year career at the kidcaster.