By Thomas J. McLean
February 23, 2018
SANTA MONICA — Skydance Media announced that Nathan Greno will join the its rapidly expanding animation studio, where he will direct the upcoming animated feature film, Powerless (working title).
Under the multiyear deal, Greno, an animation veteran best known for his work on Tangled, will also consult on projects currently in development. Skydance plans to release the film under its newly formed animation label.
“We are so honored Nathan Greno decided to join the Skydance family and share his impressive talents with our new and growing animation studio,” said Bill Damaschke, president of animation and family entertainment. “Nathan is well established in the animation community and we are fortunate to be able to add this prolific filmmaker to our team of talented storytellers. In addition to creating his own project for Skydance, Nathan will lend his expertise providing guidance on projects in our development pipeline.”
“I’m ecstatic to be joining the burgeoning team of Skydance Media’s Animation studio,” said Greno. “From my first meeting with David, Dana, and Bill, I knew Skydance was the creative home I’d been searching for. I feel very much in step with David’s vision of what an animation studio should be.”
Greno directed Disney’s 2010 animated hit Tangled, which grossed more than $590 million worldwide. He has spent the past two decades working at Disney, including serving as creative advisor on best animated feature Oscar winner Big Hero 6. Additional Disney credits include Frozen and Bolt. Greno also directed the shorts Super Rhino and Tangled Ever After. Greno is repped by Verve and attorney Rob Szymanski.
In 2017, Skydance formed an animation division to develop and produce a slate of high-end feature films and television series in partnership with Spain’s Ilion Animation Studios. Skydance’s first two animated features are Luck, which comes to theaters on March 19, 2021 and Split. Luck,directed by Alessandro Carloni and written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, is a comedy that pulls back the curtain on the millennia-old battle between the organizations of good luck and bad luck that secretly affects our daily lives. Split, directed by Vicky Jenson and written by Linda Woolverton, tells the story of Elian, a teenager who comes of age using her magical powers to defend her family when the opposing forces of light and darkness threaten to divide her kingdom.