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Vanessa Morrison is moving into a new post at 20th Century Fox Film, as President of Fox Family. Having served as prez of Fox Animation for the past 10 years, Morrison will now lead up the newly created division dedicated to developing and producing films tailored to family audiences. Effective immediately, the appointment was announced by Fox Film Chairman & CEO Stacey Snider and VP Emma Watts, to whom Morrison will continue to report.
Snider and Watts stated:
“Vanessa has for many years championed the studio’s efforts to take a more holistic approach to the family entertainment space, and this new role will empower her to execute on that goal. We are thrilled to have her leading this initiative, and as this segment in the marketplace continues to grow, the creation of this new division will strengthen our footprint as we look to create the best possible films for families across our entire company.”
In addition to feature films, Morrison will turn her honed eye to building the studio’s family animated TV slate, with the plan being to continue to deliver holiday specials based on existing film franchises and expanding in the near future. She will also oversee future movie extensions of Fox TV properties — including the recently announcedBob’s Burgers feature — and will continue to look after the studio’s deals with outside animation producers.
Morrison’s tenure at Fox Animation began in 2007 with Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), with the films she has overseen since grossing more than $ 3 billion. These include international hits produced with Blue Sky Studios such as the Rio movies (2011 & 2014), The Peanuts Movie (2015), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) and the upcoming Ferdinand (out Dec. 15); as well as Jorge Gutierrez’s The Book of Life with Reel FX (2014) and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
Prior to stepping up as president, Morrison fulfilled a number of senior production roles for Fox Film. As EVP, she worked on live-action family titles such as Cheaper by the Dozen and Dr. Doolittle 2.
A new leader for Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios should be announced soon.
Turner Broadcasting has appointed Vanessa Brookman to the newly created role of Vice President of Content & Creative, UK and Northern Europe. The position’s primary responsibility is to define and execute content strategy for the company’s kids and general entertainment portfolio across the UK, Nordic and Baltic countries. Brookman will be overseeing channels, digital, creative and presentation teams, setting the creative agenda and ensuring Turner’s programing stays on top of the regional marketplace.
Brookman joins Turner from Viacom International Media Networks, where she was VP of programming for MTV and 5* (UK cluster). During her tenure, MTV’s average audience share grew by 100% in five years. Prior to this, Brookman was head of fiction and children’s at BBC Vision.
Brookman will report to Turner SVP and MD for UK & Northern Europe, Ian McDonough, and will operate from the company’s EMEA headquarters in London.