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DreamWorks Animation Names Lincoln Wallen CTO

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) announced Wednesday that Lincoln Wallen has been named Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

“Lincoln is an exceptional executive and brilliant technologist whose contributions to DreamWorks Animation have already been monumental,” said DreamWorks Animation’s CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg.

In his previous role as DreamWorks Animation’s Head of Animation Technology, Wallen was responsible for the strategic vision, creation and deployment of the studio’s CG production platform and software tools.

“I am thrilled to assume the CTO position,” commented Wallen.

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Wallen (pictured above) joined DreamWorks Animation in 2008 as Head of Research and Development. Prior to that time, he served as Chief Technology Officer for Mobile services at Electronic Arts, where he led the gaming company’s technical approach to publishing and videogame development for cell phones.

Before joining the entertainment industry, Wallen enjoyed a distinguished career as a Professor at Oxford University, and was the first Director for the multidisciplinary Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and Systems Engineering.

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He holds a degree in Math and Physics from Durham University and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh University.

The role of Chief Technology Officer had previously been held by Ed Leonard, who is now serving as CEO of Ptch, a new mobile app incubated at DreamWorks Animation that will continue the studio’s push to provide quality immersive entertainment experiences across platforms.

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