Gregg Taylor named head of development for DWA

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Gregg Tay­lor has been named head of devel­op­ment for Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG, Inc., a role pre­vi­ously held by Alex Schwartz, the stu­dio announced Tuesday.

Schwartz will serve as a pro­ducer on the studio’s fea­ture film Mr. Peabody & Sher­man, sched­uled for release on March 14, 2014. Tay­lor will over­see the devel­op­ment of all projects at DWA.

Gregg is an excep­tional exec­u­tive with a wide range of cre­ative expe­ri­ence that will pos­i­tively influ­ence our future slate. I am con­fi­dent that he will thrive as the new leader of Dream­Works Animation’s devel­op­ment team,” said Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion chief cre­ative offi­cer Bill Dam­aschke. “Alex’s exem­plary work in devel­op­ment over the years makes her an ideal choice to assume the role of pro­ducer on Mr. Peabody & Sher­man, and I look for­ward to her con­tin­ued cre­ative input and lead­er­ship. On behalf of the entire stu­dio, I offer heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions to both Gregg and Alex as they take on their new roles.”

To be able to make movies with the incred­i­bly tal­ented team of exec­u­tives and artists at Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion is an absolute priv­i­lege,” said Tay­lor. “This stu­dio is a very spe­cial place, and I am deeply grate­ful to be work­ing along­side Jef­frey, Bill and Ann Daly as we strive to tell great sto­ries and find inno­v­a­tive ways to expand our business.”

I have enjoyed four won­der­ful years over­see­ing devel­op­ment at Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion, thanks in large part to the unpar­al­leled qual­ity of my team, includ­ing Gregg, Damon Ross and Chris Kuser,” added Schwartz. “I am eager to take on the next cre­ative chal­lenge of pro­duc­ing Mr. Peabody & Sher­man, which has long been a pas­sion project of mine. I am thrilled to be work­ing with the immensely tal­ented direc­tor Rob Minkoff and part­ner­ing with vet­eran Dream­Works pro­ducer Denise Cascino.”

Tay­lor pre­vi­ously served as a senior devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion exec­u­tive, over­see­ing Dream­Works Animation’s expand­ing fran­chise prop­er­ties, includ­ing the upcom­ing sequel to How to Train Your Dragon, as well as The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car and the company’s TV ini­tia­tives. Tay­lor served six years as exec­u­tive vice-president of devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion for The Kennedy/Marshall Com­pany, dur­ing which time the com­pany pro­duced The Curi­ous Case of Ben­jamin But­ton, Div­ing Bell and the But­ter­fly, Perse­po­lis and The Bourne Ulti­ma­tum, among oth­ers. His rela­tion­ship with Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion began with Shrek when Tay­lor ran Mike Myers’ pro­duc­tion com­pany, where he co-produced Austin Pow­ers in Gold­mem­ber and exec­u­tive pro­duced The Cat in the Hat for Imag­ine Entertainment.

In her role as Dream­Works Animation’s head of devel­op­ment since 2008, Schwartz over­saw the cre­ative group on cur­rent and future fea­ture film projects, includ­ing Rise of the Guardians, Mr. Peabody & Sher­man and Trolls (work­ing title). Prior to join­ing the com­pany, she served as Walden Media’s exec­u­tive vice-president, where she was in charge of the cre­ative group and served as exec­u­tive pro­ducer on films includ­ing Holes, Bridge to Ter­abithia, Charlotte’s Web and Jour­ney 3D to the Cen­ter of the Earth. Schwartz began her career as an exec­u­tive at Touch­stone Pictures.

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