Travis Knight is LAIKA's President and CEO, and has been involved in all principal creative and business decisions at LAIKA since the studio’s founding in 2003. Before becoming President/CEO in 2009, he served as the Head of Animation, supervising the studio’s stop-motion and CG animation staffs and overseeing studio-wide animation production and development. He also sits on the company’s Board of Directors.
Most recently, Travis was Lead Animator and Producer on LAIKA’s second feature, the 2012 Academy Award® nominated animated feature, ParaNorman. He was Lead Animator and Producer as well as on the company's first feature, Coraline, which was also nominated for an Academy Award®, and Supervising Animator on director Henry Selick’s highly-praised short film Moongirl. Travis began his stop-motion animation career in the late 1990s working on the Emmy Award-winning stop-motion animated television series "The PJs and Gary & Mike," and numerous national commercial campaigns. He has had a lifelong interest in both film and animation.
Travis is Lead Animator and Producer of LAIKA'S third feature, The Boxtrolls, a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel "Here Be Monsters" which be released by Focus Features on Oct. 17, 2014.
Learn a little more about Travis Knight and LAIKA Studios in this video as seen in Fast Company Magazine: