In another shakeup at the executive ranks at Paramount Pictures, the studio announced Thursday that Ramsey Naito would be promoted to lead its animation division as president of both Paramount Animation and will continue to lead her current position at Nickelodeon Animation.
Mireille Soria, the current president of Paramount Animation, is leaving the organization.
“Ramsey is one of the savviest executives and creative minds in our industry. During her time at Nick, she has transformed and reinvigorated the Animation Studio division with her sharp business instincts, deep stable of relationships and unique eye for great storytelling, and I’m thrilled to have her bring her talents to this expanded role where she can further elevate our overall animation business,” Paramount CEO Brian Robbins said in a statement.
He also commented on Soria’s exit: “Mireille has been a driving force in building out a new, dynamic and modern chapter of Paramount Animation. We thank her for her many contributions to the organization and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Naito joined Nickelodeon Animation in 2018 as an EVP of animation production and development and took on her current role as president of Nickelodeon Animation in 2020. Soria has been in her role since 2017.
Naito has had a big year thus far, overseeing the releases of “PAW Patrol: The Movie” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” as well as what was Nickelodeon’s largest animation slate in the 40+ year history of the network.
Naito also oversaw two original animated spinoffs, “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years” and “The Patrick Star Show,” as well as “Baby Shark,” “Blue’s Clues & You!,” “Santiago of the Seas,” “The Loud House Movie” and “Rugrats,” which was recently greenlit for a second season.
Variety first reported the news.
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