I got word of this today from a Warners person:
Lisa Judson is exiting as head of Warner Bros. Animation after only 10 months in the position, with her responsibilities to be consolidated under Warner Bros. Television prexy Peter Roth.
Studio confirmed the shift, saying Judson intended to return to New York, from which she relocated to take the job. The gig had represented a significant leap for Judson, who prior to Warner Bros. served as senior VP of marketing at AOL. Before that she worked for Nickelodeon.
People tell me she leaseded a house, put her daughter in school, did the whole shift-to-new-coast deal. I kind of believe that there are some major changes going on inside animation at Warners.
I've never figured out why Time-Warner has had such trouble over the last few years getting its animation ducks in a row. I mean, they've got Cartoon Network, they have now (at last) achieved some success with animated features, so why can't they get the different parts to work together and create some, you know, Syn-er-gy?
Here's hoping Lisa Judson finds her happiness with the next assignment. And here's really hoping that Warner Bros. Animation gets some traction again. Having another major employer come back to full life would be good for the whole community.