Mike Moon spent nearly five years overseeing adult animation at Netflix Slaves Studio Illumination Entertainment.
Moon launches his own label, Moonlight, with the goal of creating projects beyond the Illumination family fare. He will assume title president of Moonlight and serve as senior creative advisor to Illumination, which has a distribution deal with Universal Pictures.
Moon, who left Netflix in July, managed the overall business with such talent big mouth And Human Resources Brutus has worked on projects including Pink Team and Inside the job By Shion Takeuchi and forthcoming Enter GalacticBy Kenya Barris and Kid Cudi.
“We have an extraordinarily talented group of artists, filmmakers and producers at Illumination, and we believe there is no better compliment to this team than Mike and the new company we are partnering to build,” said Illumination CEO and Founder Chris Meledandri. “He has exceptional taste, deep experience and a strong vision for the films we intend to make together. I look forward to Mike and Moonlight making significant contributions to the future of Illumination.
Moon’s 15-year career in animation includes work for Sony, Disney and Cartoon Network. And such projects Midnight Gospel, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Gravity Falls And A foster home for imaginary friends.
“I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team at Illumination,” said Moon, who will be leaving Illumination’s Santa Monica offices. “Chris has set the standard for character, stories and innovation in animated films, and I’m honored to be a part of the future of this visionary studio.”
Lighting projects, incl Disdain me franchise, has grossed more than $8 billion globally. Its upcoming slate includes Super Mario Bros The film, voiced by Chris Pratt, will hit theaters on April 7, 2023. Its latest project, July Slaves: The Rise of GruIt grossed $364 million globally and is considered a victory in drawing families back to movie theaters amid the pandemic.