Prior to working for Sony, Lachance served as a senior development executive at Dreamworks Animation, where he is credited with having conceived the original idea for Kung Fu Panda, an animated franchise that’s spawned two sequels and two television series. He was also a key figure in the development of other noteworthy projects at Dreamworks such as Madagascar, Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, as well as Shrek 2 and Shrek The Third.
In a statement, Lachance praised Miramax’s history as a company that champions visionary filmmakers and original storytelling. He added that he plans to bring those qualities to the new all-ages family and animation division to make it a home for “directors, writers and artists to create their best work.”
Throughout its history, most of which was marked by disgraced industry figure Harvey Weinstein, Miramax has distributed animated films, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Princes Mononoke and a heavily-edited version of Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler under the title Arabian Knight.
The company, and its library of 700-plus titles, was acquired in 2016 by BeIn Media Group, a Qatar-owned media conglomerate. Nasser Al-Khelaifi serves as chairman of Miramax and BeIn Media Group. Bill Block is CEO of Miramax, which is headquartered in Los Angeles.