President - President - Paramount Animation
Mireille Soria is president of Paramount Animation. In her role, Soria is responsible for all animation group operations, from creative development to release and also works closely with ViacomCBS teams and sister brands to develop animated feature films.
Since joining Paramount in 2017, Soria has assembled a female-dominated team of impressive animation veterans to spearhead an ambitious slate of animated films for the studio. Guided by Soria’s leadership, upcoming Paramount Animation titles include The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run; Rumble, based on a graphic novel; musical Under the Boardwalk; and The Tiger’s Apprentice, based on the best-selling book series.
In addition to assembling a diverse team of executives, Soria has focused on fostering diversity both in the talent the division enlists and the stories it tells. In animated features, in addition to incredible and diverse voice talent in upcoming films Rumble and Luck, Paramount has films in development with singular talent like Trevor Noah, and films drawing from international cultures like the Chinese-American story The Tiger’s Apprentice; and others based on Japanese folklore; a South American tale set in the Amazon rain forest; a series of novels inspired by Native-American culture; and a story based on Australian aboriginal folklore set in the outback.
Soria also orchestrated a first look deal with joint venture Animal Logic (Happy Feet) and Imagine Entertainment, with Imagine’s Ron Howard set to direct one of the two projects currently in development under the deal.
Before joining Paramount, Soria produced DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants while acting as the co-president of Feature Animation at DWA. She also produced the successful Madagascar franchise, which includes three films that have collectively grossed nearly $1.9 billion at the worldwide box office.
Prior to her tenure at DreamWorks Animation, Soria held a producing deal at Fox Family Pictures, where she produced the modern fairy tale Ever After: a Cinderella Story, starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston, which has since gone on to be adapted for the stage.
During her time as Vice President of Production at Disney, Soria distinguished herself not only as a discerning and effective filmmaker, but as the only mother among Disney’s creative executives.
A longtime force in the entertainment industry, Soria is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.