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Illumination Launches New Adult Animation Label With Former Netflix Exec Mike Moon

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The “Despicable Me” animation studio Illumination is launching a new label that will help it expand beyond family films and into more adult animated fare, and they’ve tapped Mike Moon, previously the head of Adult Animation at Netflix, to lead the new label.Moon will serve as the president of the label titled Moonlight, and he will also come aboard as a creative advisor to Illumination.

His role will at Moonlight will be to augment Illumination’s existing slate and produce animated films that push beyond the family genre.

Moonlight’s films will be distributed under Illumination’s exclusive distribution partnership with Universal Pictures. “We have an exceptionally talented group of artists,  filmmakers and producers at Illumination and believe that there is no better compliment to this team than Mike and the new company we are partnering to build,” Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination, said in a statement. “He has exceptional taste, deep experience and a strong vision for the films we intend to make together.

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