As Locksmith Animation gears up for the October release of its first feature film Ron’s Gone Wrong, the studio has announced that Natalie Fischer has been named CEO of the company. Fischer is a former COO of Illumination Entertainment and has been a senior adviser there for the past four years.
Co-Founder and Ron’s Gone Wrong producer Julie Lockhart has been named President of Production at Locksmith and will continue to lead all aspects of production and development as well as partnering with Fischer at a strategic level.
Fischer joined Illumination as Head of Business Development in 2009. Her contributions to the massive growth of Illumination date back to the inception of the studio, when she worked closely with founder Chris Meledandri on the studio’s original Business Plan in 2007 and was integrally involved in its launch and rollout. Previously, she was SVP, Business Development and Strategy at Universal from 2004 to 2009 and a Business Strategist at Channel 4 Television in the UK prior to that.
She holds an MBA from Harvard and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
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