Alpha Group has hired industry vet Bob Bacon as CEO of its LA-based Alpha Animation, a new division dedicated to the development and production of high-quality animated feature content. Alpha Animation will look to leverage Alpha Group’s various properties as well as create original fare with the goal of releasing their first feature in 2020 and to produce a film per year thereafter for the global market. In his new role as CEO, Bacon will oversee all aspects of development, production and operations.
Besides the new formation of Alpha Animation, Alpha Group also recently established an LA-based live-action feature film development company called Alpha Pictures. Alpha Pictures is focused on developing US-China co-productions based on the properties from U17.com, a large online comic book platform in China, which was acquired by Alpha Group last year. Additionally, Alpha Group also owns a kids’ TV network in Southern China called JiaJia Cartoon.
Bacon has a deep resume within the world of animation. Most recently he was executive VP of production for Paramount Animation, where he served as head of the animation division. While at Paramount, he oversaw the production and launch of the 2015 film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water and helped develop a full slate of films for the studio to release through 2019.
Prior to his work at Paramount, he served as a production executive for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures on the 2011 animated feature release, Gnomeo and Juliet. Bacon started his career in animation at Disney in 1991, working on such films as Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Tarzan and Lilo & Stitch. In 2001 he was named SVP of production, as the studio made the transition from a traditional 2D studio to one focusing on computer animation. He was later promoted to EVP of Walt Disney Animation Studios, overseeing production, finance and technology and running the day-to-day operations of a crew of over 600 artists, technicians and production staff.