Spire Animation Studios, the young studio founded by veteran producer Brad Lewis (Ratatouille) and entrepreneur P.J. Gunsagar, has hired more respected industry veterans to its growing creative team.
Ted Mathot and Karen Disher are joining as creative directors of development. Mathot spent years in Pixar’s story department, picking up credits on Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, and (as story supervisor) Incredibles 2.
Disher is a veteran of Blue Sky’s story department, where her credits include head of story on Rio. She directed two Ice Age shorts and was due, at one point, to become the studio’s first woman feature director. Disher also designed the main characters and served as supervising director on MTV’s Daria.