Nintendo To Nominate Illumination Boss Chris Meledandri To Board Of Directors

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The Universal-owned Illumination is behind the $3.7 billion Despicable Me franchise — the highest-grossing in animation history — as well as Sing, The Grinch, the two Secret Life of Pets films, and more. Its next feature release, Sing 2, is due out on December 22, 2021. Meledandri was previously the founding president of 20th Century Fox Animation, where he oversaw the creation of the Ice Age franchise.

Last month, Nintendo global president Shuntaro Furukawa hinted that animated spin-offs may become a bigger part of its strategy in the near future: “Animation, in general, is something that we are looking into, and not just this [Mario] franchise.”