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Mary Sandell is a producer for LAIKA.
Her years as a production executive and producer have seen her participate in the creation of commercial entertainment product. She joined LAIKA in 2005, after spending two years in California as producer of DreamWorks’ first-ever primetime animated series (for NBC), Father of the Pride.
Ms. Sandell earlier worked for over a decade at Vinton Studios, the predecessor to LAIKA. As the studio’s executive vice president of production, and as an executive producer, she oversaw the development and production of TV series and pilots, short films, original Web content, and television commercials. As a senior producer from 1998 to 2000, she supervised the startup and produced the first two seasons of The PJs, the first-ever, stop-motion-animated primetime series for network television, produced in conjunction with Eddie Murphy and Imagine Entertainment.
Previously, she was senior producer in charge of managing CG and stop-motion commercial campaigns and entertainment projects. Her work during this time included the launch and production of the M&Ms spots; high-profile campaigns for Orkin, Splenda and other top brands; and production of 50 animated short stories for the Disney Channel’s Adventures in Wonderland.
A native Californian, Ms. Sandell earned a B.A. in political science from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon; and went on to earn the J.D. from the University of Oregon, School of Law.