Nintendo adds animation producer Chris Meledandri to its board

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Tokyo, Jun 29 (EFE) .- The Japanese video game company Nintendo today formalized the incorporation to its board of directors of the American animation producer Chris Meledandri, who is also involved in a film about the iconic character Mario.

The appointment of Meledandri, known among other films for “Ice Age” and “Minions”, was approved on Tuesday at the general meeting of shareholders of the company based in Kyoto (western Japan), along with five other Japanese executives.

Nintendo expects the US producer to provide “objective management oversight and valuable advice based on its extensive experience as a leader in the entertainment industry,” the company said in a statement when presenting its results early last month.

Meledandri has been working with Nintendo since 2018, when the company announced that it had begun production of an animated film that will star the most popular of its video game characters, Mario.

The American co-produces the film with Mario’s creator and also Nintendo executive, Shigeru Miyamoto, and the film, which currently has no release date, will be financed by the Japanese company and by the American film studio Universal Pictures.

Meledanri, founder of the Santa Monica-based animation and film studio Illumination Entertainment, is one of the most successful animation film producers and before founding his own company in 2007 he served as president of 20th Century Fox Animation.

Among his best known works are “Ice Age” (2002), “The Simpsons Movie” (2007) or “Minions” (2015), the “spin-off” of the “Despicable Me” franchise (2010). AND

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