11 JUN 2021

LOCKSMITH ANIMATION NAMES FORMER ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT EXECUTIVE AS CEO

Natalie Fischer has been named CEO of the company while Co-Founder Julie Lockhart Named President of Production.

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Natalie Fischer, CEO at Locksmith Animation

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As Locksmith Animation gears up for the October release of its first feature film "Ron’s Gone Wrong", the studio has announced that Natalie Fischer has been named CEO of the company.  Fischer is a former COO of Illumination Entertainment and has been a senior adviser there for the past four years. 

On the other hand, co-Founder and "Ron’s Gone Wrong" producer Julie Lockhart has been named President of Production at Locksmith and will continue to lead all aspects of production and development as well as partnering with Fischer at a strategic level.

 The studio is in production on "That Christmas", a holiday film based on the children’s book series by filmmaker Richard Curtis, and is developing an original musical/comedy set up at Warner Bros. Pictures. 

Co-Founder Sarah Smith, who writes and directs "Ron’s Gone Wrong", has stepped down from her role at the studio to concentrate on developing her own creative projects. 

“We are incredibly fortunate that Natalie Fischer has joined us to lead Locksmith’s expansion,” said Locksmith Animation Chair & Co-Founder Elisabeth Murdoch“She has a proven track record of success in the animation industry and those instincts and insights combined with Julie Lockhart’s unsurpassed production expertise will guide a new era of growth at our studio. I’d also like to thank our co-founder Sarah Smith for her contributions to Locksmith’s growth, her dedication to building the amazing team at the company, and her vision as a filmmaker.  We are grateful for her leadership and stewardship of our first release, Ron’s Gone Wrong.”

“I'm thrilled to be joining Liz, Julie and the incredible Locksmith team at an exciting time in the animation industry,” said Fischer. “We have big opportunities ahead and I look forward to using my experience to help drive this new phase of growth at Locksmith.”