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Illumination Taps Former Netflix Adult Animation Chief Mike Moon to Start Moonlight Label

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Brent Lang Executive Editor Illumination, the studio behind the “Despicable Me” franchise, has tapped Mike Moon to form a new label, Moonlight.

The goal is to broaden the range of films that Illumination makes beyond the kid-friendly fare that’s been its stock in trade.

Moon most recently served as the head of adult animation at Netflix, a post he stepped down from in July to “pursue other opportunities.” His exit came as the streamer, battered by a swooning stock price, was laying off animators and dialing back its ambitions in the space.

In addition to his new role as president of Moonlight, the company said that Moon will serve as a senior creative advisor to Illumination.

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