Sony Pictures Animation taps VP of creative

Former Pearl Studio head of development Justinian Huang joins the studio shortly after Sony signed a first-look deal with Netflix.
April 15, 2021

Sony Pictures Animation has named Justinian Huang, former head of development for Pearl Studio, its new vice president of creative.

Reporting to Kristine Belson, Huang joins SPA following a recent Sony Pictures first-look agreement with Netflix. The deal includes kids/family and animated titles, a Netflix spokesperson told Kidscreen.

Before joining Sony, Huang was the head of development at Pearl Studio in Shanghai where he oversaw co-production on Abominable, which earned US$189.7 million at the box office. He also worked on the Netflix original film Over the Moon, and served as the development exec for Kung Fu Panda 3 (US$521 million globally). At Pearl, Huang oversaw the company’s development slate and focused on getting creative partnerships with Asian and Asian-American talent.

Prior to Pearl, Huang held roles at Lionsgate, 21st Century Fox and Lynda Obst Productions.

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