DreamWorks Animation has just named Jenny Marchick Head of Development for the feature film division. The appointment, effective February 3, was announced by Kristin Lowe, the studio’s Chief Creative Officer, Features.
Marchick will be tasked with expanding DreamWorks’ slate of animated features – currently 2-3 films per year – by finding and developing projects as well as identifying key talent for the studio. Her team will develop a wide range of films, working with known IP and books as well original ideas. She will also supervise the creative direction and production of the studio’s active development slate.
“Jenny’s extensive experience in animation and enthusiasm for storytelling make her the perfect addition to the DreamWorks Animation team,” Lowe stated. “Her instincts and talents are extraordinary as well as her notable contacts with world-class talent in the animation community.”
Current DreamWorks Animation feature release plans include Trolls World Tour and The Croods 2 in 2020 along with The Boss Baby 2, Spirit Riding Free and The Bad Guys in 2021.
“What is so exciting about joining DreamWorks Animation is the opportunity to work with Margie [Cohn] and Kristin as they craft a vision for the future of the renowned studio,” Marchick said. “Their commitment to telling fresh and compelling stories while still honoring the DWA legacy is an exciting endeavor, and I cannot wait to be a part of their team.”
Marchick previously served as Senior Vice President of Creative for Sony Pictures Animation, where she helped supervise the creative direction and production of the studio’s slate of features including the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Prior to Sony Pictures Animation, she served in executive production and development positions at Mandeville Films and 20th Century Fox, working on projects such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Eight Below, The Proposal, Date Night and Knight and Day―AWN