Animation veteran Lino DiSalvo has joined Paramount Animation as Creative Director. The announcement was made today by Adam Goodman, President of the Paramount Film Group, who oversees Animation for the studio. DiSalvo moves to Paramount following a 16-year stint at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he most recently served as Head of Animation on Oscar-winning pic Frozen.
In his new role, UTA-repped DiSalvo will be assisting Goodman and the Paramount Animation team to build a world-class feature animation studio. He begins his new role immediately. ...
Paramount Animation has had bad luck with finding a crackerjack executive to run its animation division. David Stainton (also from Disney) came and went in four months, which is probably a record.
A retired animation exec said that Paramount wanted to replicate its Rango model, having live-action directors helm animated features. Unfortunately, Stainton had no relationships with live-action talent, so he wasn't a comfortable fit with the Paramount business model.
Or so I was told. So here's hoping Mr. DiSalvo works out in a more satisfactory way.