Former Sony Pictures exec Randy Lake has just been announced as the new chief operating officer of DreamWorks Animation. Starting in July, he will oversee the studio’s strategic planning and primary business operations, including feature and television production, post production, business and legal affairs, finance and technology.
Lake joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2006 and was promoted 10 years later to president, studio operations and Imageworks, to oversee all operations and strategy. Before Sony, he served at Booz Allen as a strategy consultant to the entertainment, media and technology industries.
DreamWorks Animation president Margie Cohn announced Lake’s hire and in a statement said, “As we solidify our leadership team, Randy provides a strong strategic vision that will be beneficial to the entire studio as we partner in taking DreamWorks into the future. His years of experience working cross-divisionally will allow us to expand upon the successful collaboration between our film and television divisions, as well as with our colleagues at Universal, furthering DreamWorks position as one of the most prolific animation studios in the world.”
Prior to Sony, Lake was a strategy consultant to the entertainment, media and technology industries for Booz Allen in New York, London and San Francisco. Now, Michelle Grady will be promoted to EVP and oversee Sony Pictures Imageworks.