HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 12, 2018) Paramount Pictures announced today it has named Academy Award-nominated producer Ramsey Naito Executive Vice President, Paramount Animation. Naito will report to Paramount Animation’s President, Mireille Soria.
Said Ms. Soria, “I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Ramsey for a number of years. She is a consummate professional with incredible creative instincts and relationships. I am so excited for her to bring her skills and energy to our growing team.”
In this new role, Naito will oversee production on the next SpongeBob SquarePants movie. She will actively seek new projects for development and animation talent to work with the division. Naito will work with Soria to build cross-divisional opportunities with Nickelodeon and parent company Viacom’s other brands.
Naito joins a burgeoning Paramount Animation, which has been on a growth track since Soria joined the company in 2017. In addition to Naito, Paramount Animation has added Emily Nordwind as Vice President of Production & Development; Katherine MacDonald as Vice President of Production & Marketing; and Maya Kambe as a Creative Executive. In addition to the 3rd installment of SpongeBob SquarePants, Paramount Animation’s upcoming slate includes Wonder Park (formerly, Amusement Park), to be released March 15, 2019.
Naito most recently produced DreamWorks Animation’s Academy Award-nominated feature, The Boss Baby, for which she also earned a PGA nomination for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. Prior to DreamWorks Animation, Ramsey worked as a producer for Blue Sky Studios, at Cartoon Network as Head of Movies and at Nickelodeon Movies as Vice President of Development & Production.
Her vast list of executive and producer credits includes Barnyard (2006), The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002), Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999).
Naito is a member of Women in Animation and the Producers Guild of America. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.