Christopher DeFaria – President and Chief Executive Officer, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. – Email Address

Mr. Christopher Defaria, also known as Chris, serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation LLC. He has been the President of Animation, Digital Production and Visual Effects - Warner Bros. of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. since April 2013. Recently, Mr. Defaria served as an executive producer for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and the visual effects executive for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Other notable projects in which Mr. Defaria played a key role include The Great Gatsby, The Dark Knight trilogy, the Harry Potter films, Sherlock Holmes and its sequel, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, 300, Happy Feet Two, Suckerpunch, Clash Of The Titans, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Where The Wild Things Are, Watchmen, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, The Matrix trilogy, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Cats and Dogs. A 17-year veteran, Mr. Defaria joined Warner Bros. Pictures as Senior Vice President of Physical Production in 1996. When the Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Production departments merged in 2006, he was named Executive Vice President, Digital Production and Animation, Warner Bros. Pictures, where he managed animation projects and visual effects-intensive scripts, explored co-production opportunities with outside animation studios and oversaw visual effects for all features and direct-to-DVD projects. Prior to joining the Studio, Mr. Defaria produced television documentaries, movies and primetime specials in San Francisco, where he won three regional Emmys and two NAPTE Iris Awards. A member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America, Mr. Defaria is also a founding board member of FilmAid International, a non-profit organization that screens educational and informational films in refugee camps around the world. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The studio was formed by the merger of the feature animation division of DreamWorks and Pacific Data Images (PDI). Originally formed under the banner of DreamWorks in 1997 by some of Amblin Entertainment's former animation branch Amblimation alumni, it was spun off into a separate public company in 2004. DreamWorks Animation currently maintains two campuses: the original DreamWorks feature animation studio in Glendale and the PDI studio in Redwood City.

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