Mary Sandell has been appointed LAIKA’s Head of Production. Sandell has been with the Portland-based animation studio since 2005. Sandell was a producer on LAIKA’s acclaimed 2009 debut 3D stop motion animated feature Coraline. Previous to joining LAIKA, Sandell was the producer of DreamWorks’ primetime NBC animated series Father of the Pride for two years. Sandell has worked for nearly 20 years on commercials, features and TV series. LAIKA’s second 3D stop-motion animated film ParaNorman comes out August 17, 2012. ParaNorman‘s voice cast includes Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann Jeff Garlin and John Goodman, among others. LAIKA is owned by Nike chair and co-founder Phil Knight.

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