An internal restructuring has left Paramount’s Executive VIce President of production for animation Bob Bacon out of a job. He had been at the studio since 2011.
Sources said that all physical production, live action and animation, will now come under the auspices of Lee Rosenthal, and as a result, Bacon’s position is being eliminated. This news comes at a time when the studio’s highest grossing film of the year is an animated title: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water which made $163M at the domestic B.O. and $311.6M worldwide. The other animated film put into production during Bacon’s reign has been Chris Wedge’s Monster Trucks, which in May was pushed back a second time to March 18, 2016. ...
Hm. Maybe Monster Trucks has more issues than Paramount/Viacom lets on. Or maybe Mr. Bacon's exit is the result of turf wars that Mr. Bacon lost. Hard to know in a situation like this, because the Top Dogs are generally closed mouthed.
Feature animation development is going on in various spaces on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. They have several features in different phases of work. Perhaps the development progress of these animated properties didn't please higher ups?
Whatever it was, Something happened.