Annapurna Announces New Animation Division


Annapurna is putting together its own animation division and it’s being headed by former Disney animation execs.

Annapurna, the entertainment company spanning film, TV, games, and theater, is establishing an Animation division co-led by former Disney animation execs Robert Baird and Andrew Millstein. The duo recently collaborated with Annapurna on the highly anticipated animated film, NIMONA, which will premiere on Netflix next year. The two will build a new animation division for the independent studio.

The duo previously headed Fox /Disney’s Blue Sky Studios where they led over 500 filmmakers and were responsible for the development and production of Blue Sky’s feature animation slate. During Millstein’s tenure as President of Walt Disney Animation Studios, the company released blockbuster hits including BIG HERO 6, ZOOTOPIA, MOANA and RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET. A longtime screenwriter, Baird’s credits include MONSTERS INC., CARS, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, BIG HERO 6, FERDINAND and more.

“We are excited to have Andrew and Robert joining Annapurna,” said Megan Ellison, Founder and CEO, Annapurna. “Working with them and the Nimona team has been an incredible experience and we cannot wait for audiences to see the film. We believe adding animation alongside our other divisions, in combination with the depth of our catalog, will lead to tremendous opportunities. Anything is possible.”

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