Cars 2″ co-director Brad Lewis switching studios

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Brad Lewis

Long­time Pixar fig­ure Brad Lewis, co-director with John Las­seter of the just-released Cars 2, is chang­ing garages.

Lewis is mov­ing on to direct ani­mated fea­tures at Tra­di­tion Stu­dios, based in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The com­pany is owned by Dig­i­tal Domain Media Group.

Cars 2 topped the North Amer­i­can box office this week­end and grossed over $115 mil­lion around the world. Dur­ing his 10-year tenure at Pixar, Lewis also pro­duced the Oscar-winning Rata­touille, which made $624 mil­lion worldwide.

Tra­di­tion Stu­dios opened in 2009 to develop and co-produce orig­i­nal, family-oriented CG fea­tures. Although no titles have been announced so far. the stu­dio is con­struct­ing a 115,000-square-foot facil­ity, set to open in Port St. Lucie in December.

Dig­i­tal Domain is partly owned by direc­tor Michael Bay. Its hold­ings also include Dig­i­tal Domain’s flag­ship VFX facil­ity in Venice, Cal­i­for­nia, which has pro­duced visual effects for such films as the Tron remake and The Curi­ous Case of Ben­jamin But­ton.

I am excited to join a com­pany with Dig­i­tal Domain’s tal­ent and exper­tise and to have an oppor­tu­nity to be a part of its team in cre­at­ing family-friendly sto­ries and adven­tures,” Lewis said in a statement.

Before join­ing Pixar, Lewis was at PDI/Dreamworks for over 11 years. There, he was a pro­ducer on 1998’s Antz and exec­u­tive pro­duced TV movies. He was also an exec­u­tive producer/vice-president of pro­duc­tion for Pacific Data Images.

Lewis was nom­i­nated for an Emmy for the first 3D computer-animated episode of The Simp­sons. He won an Emmy for graphic design for ABC’s Mon­day Night Foot­ball.

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