Shane Prigmore, the animation veteran who has worked for Laika, DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros and most recently at Walt Disney Television Animation, has been hired as SVP Development at Skydance Animation. He will be tasked with overseeing the creative development of all films and TV series on the studio’s production slate.
That slate includes the upcoming feature films Luck, directed by Peggy Holmes, and Spellbound, directed by Vicky Jenson, both due in 2022; and Pookoo, written and directed by Nathan Greno. The studio run by John Lasseter and Holly Edwards has been ramping up hiring and recently expanded to form Skydance Animation Madrid.
“We are thrilled to have Shane join our team at this pivotal time as we continue to increase our film and series production,” said Edwards, Skydance Animation’s president. “He is well-respected in the animation industry and we are confident his creative instincts and wealth of experience will be an incredible resource as he partners with the studio’s directors and series creators.”
Prigmore comes to Skydance from Disney, where he was VP Creative at Walt Disney Television Animation and helped spearhead titles like DuckTales, Big City Greens, Amphibia and The Owl House and the upcoming Phineas & Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe, and Marvel’s Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur.
He won Annie Awards for his work on Laika’s Coraline and DWA’s The Croods, with additional credits including The Iron Giant, How to Train Your Dragon, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Tangled: The Series, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Proud Family, The Boxtrolls and The Lego Movie.
“This is an amazing opportunity to work with David [Ellison], John and Holly, and I believe deeply in this shared vision for the future of animated storytelling,” Prigmore said. “Skydance Animation’s very real commitment to creative excellence and innovation is only matched by their mission to create the most impactful animated stories possible.”