Annie Laks is Senior Vice President of Production at Paramount Animation, where for the past four years she has been working with some of the industry’s top filmmakers to ramp up the studio’s slate of animated titles, including the successful release of SPONGEBOB: SPONGE OUT OF WATER in 2015 with director Paul Tibbitt (“SpongeBob Squarepants”) and producer Mary Parent (THE REVENANT, KING KONG). In addition, she’s currently working on the original film AMUSEMENT PARK with Karen Rosenfelt (TWILIGHT, ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS) producing and Dylan Brown (Pixar) directing, along with the next SPONGEBOB feature. Annie got her start at MGM as a publicity assistant in New York City before making the jump into film production in Los Angeles, first at MGM and then at Sony. She joined Paramount Pictures in 2009 as a Creative Executive, earning her stripes on a wide range of movies such as Jason Reitman’s Oscar-nominated UP IN THE AIR and Golden Globe-nominated YOUNG ADULT, DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS, the Duplass brothers’ JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME, FOOTLOOSE, Ivan Reitman’s NO STRINGS ATTACHED, THE GUILT TRIP, and Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar-nominated FLIGHT. Annie is from Chicago and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin.