Osnat Shurer, an Oscar-nominated producer of Disney Animation’s Moana and Raya and the Final Dragon, has joined Baobab Studios as co-chief artistic officer, alongside firm founder and COO Eric Darnell (Madagascar).
Beforehand, Shurer served as Walt Disney Characteristic Animation’s vp improvement and as government producer of the brief movies group at Pixar, the place she produced or government produced shorts similar to 2006’s Lifted and 2003’s Boundin’.
As she joins interactive animation studio Baobab, Shurer joins artistic leaders together with Darnell, chief content material officer Kane Lee and advisors and traders similar to Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull and Disney legend Glen Keane.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Osnat to Baobab,” mentioned Maureen Fan, CEO and co-founder of the studio. “She has a present for launching franchises with beloved characters that resonate throughout ages and cultures. Osnat’s intensive background brings invaluable experience to our rising story franchises throughout movie, tv, video games and books.” Added Darnell, “I’m excited to associate with Osnat to construct out our slate and shepherd new tasks into manufacturing.”
Baobab is presently engaged on its Momoguro multiplatform franchise, which features a digital collectibles recreation, an upcoming Roblox recreation and a deliberate TV collection. Baobab’s partnership with Disney+ contains growing Intercats, an animated cat office comedy collection, based mostly on the Baobab graphic novels of the identical title, and The Witchverse, an animated fantasy journey collection based mostly on Baba Yaga, Baobab’s three-time Emmy-winning brief movie and VR expertise.
Mentioned Shurer: “All through my profession, I’ve been on the forefront of shaping tales with contemporary, nuanced, highly effective feminine protagonists. You may think about why I used to be instantly drawn to Baobab and this improbable group of mavericks and the chance to discover the very cutting-edge of know-how and video games in service of telling nice tales.”