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Laika Names Mary Sandell Head of Production

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 9, 2012 at 5:19PM

Laika, the Portland-based animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated "Coraline," has named Mary Sandell as its new head of production.
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Laika, the Portland-based animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated "Coraline," has named Mary Sandell as the their new head of production.  A producer on "Coraline," Ms. Sandell is a production executive and producer with over twenty years of experience managing high-profile commercials, feature films and television series.  She joined LAIKA in 2005, after spending two years as producer of DreamWorks’ primetime animated series for NBC, "Father of the Pride."

Laika is currently in production on its second 3-D stop-motion animated feature film, "ParaNorman," directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, from Butler's original screen-play, which Focus Features will release August 17.  Laika also recently just optioned Philip Reeve's quirky kids novels 'Goblins.'
 

This article is related to: Animation, Coraline


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.