Paramount animation chief quits after four months

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David Stainton

David Stain­ton

David Stain­ton has sud­denly resigned as head of Para­mount Pic­tures’ fledg­ling ani­ma­tion unit, just four months after he was hired, the stu­dio announced Wednesday.

Stain­ton left his job for “per­sonal rea­sons,” said the stu­dio. It would not give fur­ther details on why he and Para­mount parted ways.

We are grate­ful for the time David spent at the stu­dio and we wish him well in his future endeav­ors,” Para­mount Motion Pic­ture Group pres­i­dent Adam Good­man said in a statement.

The stu­dio said that Good­man will directly super­vise the ani­ma­tion devel­op­ment team from now on.

Stain­ton was hired by Para­mount last Octo­ber. Ear­lier, he was a 17-year vet­eran at Walt Dis­ney Studios.

He rose to pres­i­dent of fea­ture ani­ma­tion at the Mouse House, stay­ing in that job until early 2006, when Dis­ney bought out Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios.

Stain­ton became chief of Paramount’s ani­ma­tion unit after it was estab­lished last year fol­low­ing the release of Rango, which has been nom­i­nated for an Oscar for best ani­mated film.

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