LOS ANGELES — Alpha Group Co. Ltd. has announced that Bob Bacon will serve as chief executive officer of Alpha Animation, a new division dedicated to the development and production of high-quality animated feature content. In his new role as CEO, Bacon will oversee all aspects of development, production and operations as he leads Alpha’s efforts to build a global animation powerhouse. Alpha Animation will look to leverage Alpha Group’s various properties as well as create original fare with the goal of releasing their first feature in 2020 and to produce a film per year thereafter for the global market.
“Bob is one of the most respected and accomplished animation executives in the industry, and we are excited for him to helm Alpha Animation as our company continues to expand its foothold in the animation industry,” says Alpha Interactive Entertainment Division chief executive officer, Chen De Rong. “Animation has always been at the core of our company’s focus, and producing world-class animation is a key step of Alpha’s globalization strategy. We are looking forward to working with some of the most talented people in the business through this new venture.”
Bacon most recently held the post of executive vice president of production for Paramount Animation, where he served as head of the animation division. While at Paramount, Bacon oversaw the production and launch of the 2015 hit film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, and helped develop a full slate of films for the studio to release through 2019. Prior to his work at Paramount, he served as a production executive for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures on the 2011 animated feature release, Gnomeo and Juliet. Bacon started his career in animation at Disney in 1991 working on such classic films as Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Tarzan and Lilo & Stitch.