Vfx and animation studio Cinesite has hired Dave Rosenbaum as Chief Creative Officer, with a brief to grow Cinesite into a premiere movie animation studio in North America.

A former vice president of talent at Illulmination, Rosenbaum’s credits include hit animation Minions. He also worked as Production Executive and Story Supervisor for Despicable Me 1 and 2, The Lorax, The Secret Life of Pets and the upcoming Sing.

“Dave is one of the industry’s most highly regarded animation executives, with an impeccable track record of shaping movies that become culture phenomena,” said Antony Hunt, President of Cinesite Animation. “Dave’s drive, passion and vision will harness a new phase of expansion for us, as he leads our studio’s growing slate.”

Rosenbaum will also help grow Cinesite’s Montreal studio, based at the company’s new 54,000 sq ft facility, which has capacity for over 500 storytellers. He will be responsible for seeking out and cultivating new projects, artists, writers and directors.

Dave said of his appointment, “To grow our studio with impressive capacity and potential, to support talented filmmakers, and to deliver great animated films to a worldwide audience is an exciting opportunity. Let’s start with the best stories and storytellers and make Montreal the next animation nexus.”

Prior to joining Illumination, Dave worked at DreamWorks and Screen Imagination Agency in Bulgaria. He received his Master’s Degree in Producing from the American Film Institute.

Staff Reporter

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