Invisible Universe Appoints Former Disney and SkyDance Executive Jonathan Schneide
Animation studio Invisible Universe, also famous for developing Jennifer Aniston’s schnauzer character Clyde, a supporter of the project along with Serena Williams, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Schneider as President, Invisible Universe Studios.
The studio, based in Los Angeles, aims to become the “Pixar of the Internet,” leveraging its characters to create community among network consumers living on social platforms.Schneider will oversee the company’s continued optimization of its animation studio, while exploring other revenue-driving operations for the fast-growing media company.
Schneider is a seasoned executive having held senior positions for powerhouse companies such as Disney and Skydance. He brings not only deep animation industry expertise to Invisible Universe but also more than two decades of proven experience growing and leading teams. In his new role, Schneider will lead the company in its adoption of new technologies, including those associated with AI, motion capture, and real-time rendering, while building new business verticals for the company.
Schneider worked within the ranks of Hollywood agencies before moving to the network side and becoming a creative executive at Nickelodeon. From there, he spent a decade at Disney where he managed large, dynamic teams across the animation studio. Most recently, he was at Skydance, where he set the strategic direction which helped optimize the entire studio’s operations.
Schneider said: “Invisible Universe is pioneering what it means to be an animation studio in a digital-first world, blending technology and new approaches to storytelling to develop franchises. I’ve been impressed by what Tricia and the team have built so far, and I’m thrilled to join them as the studio continues to grow.”
“Jonathan is a bit of a Hollywood unicorn in that he has straddled both creative and operations at executive levels for some of the biggest companies in media,” said Tricia Biggio, Co-Founder and CEO of Invisible Universe. “He shares the vision for Invisible Universe to continue redefining what it means to launch new franchises for this next generation. With deep operational expertise, a creative mindset and a passion for animation, I have no doubt that Jonathan is going to make an incredible addition to our dynamic team.”
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