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TRAVIS KNIGHT, p.g.a. (Producer; Director)

Travis Knight is President & CEO of LAIKA, the award-winning feature film animation studio located in Hillsboro, Oregon. He has led or been involved in all key creative and business decisions at LAIKA since the studio's founding in 2005. Before becoming President & CEO in 2009, he served as Head of Animation, supervising the studio's stop-motion and CG animation staffs; and overseeing studio-wide animation production and development. Kubo and the Two Strings marks his directorial debut.

He was producer and lead animator on LAIKA's The Boxtrolls (2014) and ParaNorman (2012); and was lead animator on the studio's first motion picture, Coraline (2009). All three of LAIKA's features have been nominated for the Academy Award as well as BAFTA and PGA Awards. Coraline and The Boxtrolls were also nominated for Golden Globe Awards; and ParaNorman was cited as Best Animated Feature by 14 critics' groups, more than any other 2012 animated feature. Mr. Knight was honored with the Annie Award, the animation industry's highest honor, for his character animation work on ParaNorman and, as producer, received an Academy Award nomination for The Boxtrolls. He was named a "Rising Star of Animation" by Animation Magazine in 2007.

Mr. Knight was supervising animator on LAIKA's highly praised short film Moongirl. He began his career in animation in the late 1990s working on the Emmy Award-winning stop-motion animated television series The PJs, as well as on numerous national commercial campaigns, during his tenure at Oregon's renowned Vinton Studios.

Under his leadership, LAIKA has garnered worldwide distinction for its melding of the age-old craft of stop-motion animation with the most cutting-edge cinematic advances and manufacturing techniques. Fast Company named LAIKA one of the world's "Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Entertainment."

Mr. Knight was the inaugural recipient of the Simon Benson Award for Alumni Achievement from his alma mater Portland State University, presented in 2012. He sits on the Board of Directors for LAIKA and NIKE.

Despite his corporate duties and filmmaker responsibilities, he still likes playing with dolls.


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