Chris deFaria serves as President of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group. In this role, he oversees the studio’s feature animation business including slate strategy; development, production; innovation and technology; and business affairs. Currently in production are “How to Train Your Dragon 3” (March, 2019), “Everest” (September 2019), “Trolls 2” (April 2020), “The Croods 2” (September 2020), “The Boss Baby 2” (March 2021), and “Spooky Jack” (September 2021).
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, deFaria was a 20-year veteran of Warner Bros. Pictures, most recently serving as President, Animation and Technology Innovation. In this capacity, he oversaw the creation of Warner Animation Group, and was responsible for feature film animation as well as the application of emerging technologies for Warner’s feature film slate development and key hybrid projects.
During his tenure at Warner Bros. Pictures, deFaria served as an Executive Producer for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and Happy Feet Two and Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. Other notable projects in which deFaria played a key role include The Lego Movie franchise, The Great Gatsby, 300, Edge of Tomorrow, the Harry Potter films, Storks, Man of Steel and The Matrix trilogy. While no longer at Warner Bros., Chris remains an Executive Producer on Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One and is working closely with the director on this innovative film.
deFaria joined Warner Bros. as Vice President of Physical Production in 1996. When the Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Production departments merged in 2006, he was named Executive Vice President, Digital Production and Animation, where he managed animation projects and visual effects-intensive scripts, explored co-production opportunities with outside animation studios and oversaw visual effects for all features and direct-to-DVD projects.
Prior to Warner Bros., deFaria produced television documentaries, movies and primetime specials in San Francisco. He sits on the board of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America. deFaria is also a founding board member of FilmAid International, a non-profit organization that screens educational and informational films in refugee camps around the world.