Damon Ross Joins DreamWorks Animation as Senior Development Executive

    GLENDALE, Calif., June 20 /CNW/ -- Damon Ross, who most recently
co-produced the Jack Black comedy Nacho Libre and served as a key executive at
Nickelodeon Movies, has just joined DreamWorks Animation as a Senior
Development Executive.  In his new role, Ross will focus on acquiring and
developing fresh and exciting literary projects and other original material
for the studio.  He will handle day-to-day development of the studio's
features alongside fellow Senior Development Executive, Chris Kuser, and will
report to DreamWorks Animation's Head of Creative Development and Production
Bill Damaschke, and the studio's Head of Development, Kristine Belson.
    "Damon perfectly rounds out our development team here at DreamWorks.  He
has an amazing reputation for spotting the potential in writers and literary
works, while also being able to develop and produce enduring film properties.
He not only has impeccable taste, but also a great eye for talent. We are very
excited to have him on board and look forward to developing a long string of
exciting, new projects with him," said Damaschke.
    Ross most recently worked at Nickelodeon Movies where he served as Vice
President of Development & Production.  During his 12-year tenure there, he
optioned and shepherded the feature film development of several high-profile
children's books, including: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events;
The Spiderwick Chronicles, which Mark Waters is directing; Angus, Thongs &
Full Frontal Snogging which Gurinder Chadha is writing and directing; and the
award-winning picture book, Sector 7, which Shari Berman & Robert Pulcini are
writing, among others.  In 2006, Ross co-produced the comedy, Nacho Libre -
inspired by a true story that Ross discovered in 2003.  Directed by Jared Hess
(Napoleon Dynamite) and starring Jack Black, the film was one of the hits of
that year.

    DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE-DWA) is devoted to producing high-quality
family entertainment through the use of computer-generated (CG) animation.
Utilizing world-class creative talent and state-of-the-art technological
capabilities, the company is committed to making two computer-animated feature
films a year that appeal to a broad movie-going audience.

For further information:

For further information: Fumi Kitahara of DreamWorks Animation SKG, 
+1-818-695-6055 Web Site: http://www.dreamworksanimation.com

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