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Netflix hires Bad Robot’s Hannah Minghella to head feature animation amid shake-up

Netflix has hired former Bad Robot film president Hannah Minghella as its new head of feature animation and live-action family film.

Hannah Minghella

The streaming giant also revealed that Vancouver-based Sharon Taylor, the former CEO of Animal Logic Studios and a former Netflix exec, will return to lead feature animation production.

With those appointments, president of feature animation Traci Balthazor and VP of animated film Karen Toliver will leave the company. The pair have overseen the launch of recent animated films including Leo, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, The Sea Beast and Nimona, in addition to integrating Animal Logic Studios after Netflix acquired it in 2022.

Minghella previously spent four years at the helm of Bad Robot’s feature division, overseeing live-action, animation and documentaries. She worked on projects including the upcoming Warner Bros feature Flowervale Street, starring Anne Hathaway and Ewan McGregor, and oversaw the launch of its animated division with short film The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse for the BBC and Apple.

Before that she spent 15 years at Sony Pictures and Columbia. During that time, she oversaw the launch of titles including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs, The Amazing Spider-Man, 21 Jump Street and Casino Royale.

This marks the second major shake-up since Dan Lin was named film chairman at Netflix earlier this year.

In April, Lin restructured the adult-focused division into several teams focused on specific genres, including science fiction, thrillers, faith-based movies and holiday titles. With the restructure, around a dozen employees left.

“Hannah brings her unique skill set and experience to this role, along with strong relationships with top filmmakers,” said Lin.

“As a studio executive and producer, Hannah has overseen many franchise films across animation and live action. I believe her expertise will deepen our efforts to bring variety and quality to both our animation and live-action family film slate.”

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