Chris deFaria to Leave Dreamworks Animation, Margie Cohn Named President

Variety | 1/9/2019 | Dave McNary
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In a major shakeup, Chris deFaria is leaving the presidency of Dreamworks Feature Animation Group after two years in the post.

He’s being replaced by Margie Cohn, who previously served as president of DreamWorks Animation Television and will now oversee both film and television operations. She will report to Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, who made the announcement on Wednesday.

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NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion in August, 2016, and installed deFaria as president five months later. He will depart DWA in the coming months following the global release of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” which opens Feb. 22 in North America.

DeFaria oversaw the completion of the third “How to Train Your Dragon” movie, the launch of DreamWorks Shorts Program and the opening of the DreamWorks Theater attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. He will continue to consult with Comcast NBCUniversal on a number of special initiatives.

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Prior to joining DreamWorks, DeFaria worked at Warner Bros. on its animated projects and feature films. He has executive producer credits on “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Gravity,” “Sucker Punch,” “Ready Player One,” and “Happy Feet Two.”

“As we look to design the next chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s iconic history, we see opportunity in aligning the film and television businesses under a singular vision,”...
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