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Nintendo To Nominate Illumination Boss Chris Meledandri To Board Of Directors

Chris Meledandri is set to strengthen his ties to Nintendo. The Japanese gaming titan is preparing to nominate the Illumination boss to its board of directors. Meledandri and Nintendo have partnered on the forthcoming Super Mario animated feature, which Illumination is producing. In its report for the fiscal year ended March 2021, Nintendo stated:
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Nintendo comments on Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri becoming an outside director

Earlier today, we heard that Chris Meledandri will be selected as an outside director at Nintendo. Nintendo elaborated on the move during its financial results call. Nintendo explained that Meledandri “will appropriately supervise our companyʼs management from an objective perspective, while providing valuable advice to our organization, based on his broad experience and insight gained as a leader in the field of entertainment.” Also mentioned, “We believe that the addition of Mr. Meledandri will help to ensure our balance of diversity, including global perspective, knowledge, and experience, further enhancing the effectiveness of our Board of Directors.”
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Illumination founder Chris Meledandri is set to join Nintendo Board

Chris Meledandri, who is currently the CEO of Illumination Entertainment, has been nominated to be an Outside Director of Nintendo. Mr. Meledandri is now pending approval at June’s shareholder meeting and if accepted will then be part of Nintendo’s board of Directors. This goes to show Nintendo’s confidence in the upcoming Super Mario Bros movie which is produced by Illumination Entertainment and due to be released next year. The crew at animation studio Illumination Entertainment are behind such hits as Despicable Me and Minions.

Minions’ Chris Meledandri To Become Outside Director at Nintendo

Nintendo has announced that Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri will serve as an Outside Director for the company. The news was announced via a financial statement released on May 6, 2021. Illumination Entertainment is currently working with Nintendo to produce the upcoming Super Mario movie, slated for a 2022 release. [Thanks, Hobby Watch!]

Illumination Founder Chris Meledandri Mourns The End Of Blue Sky Studios And Celebrates Its Origins – Guest Column

Editor’s note: Before he founded and became CEO of the Universal-based animation factory Illumination, Chris Meledandri was tasked with building an animation division at Fox. Early on, the president of Twentieth Century Fox Animation in 1998 acquired Blue Sky Studios for the studio. The Westchester, NY-based animation company might have started as an adjunct to Fox’s Hollywood animation operation, but that changed when Meledandri gave Blue Sky the room to grow, and the result was the multibillion-dollar Ice Age franchise. Meledandri, who would start Illumination and hatch another multibillion-dollar franchise in Despicable Me (the highest-global-grossing animated franchise of all time, with Ice Age in third). Here, he laments the decision by Disney to shutter Blue Sky and celebrates its origins.