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Michelle Murdocca is currently producing Sony Pictures Animation's upcoming Hotel Transylvania 3, slated for theatrical release in July 2018. She most recently produced Sony Pictures Animation’s blockbuster comedy Hotel Transylvania 2; the film which set a new record for highest September opening of all time at the U.S. box office.
Michelle also produced Sony Pictures Animation's monster comedy hit Hotel Transylvania which also broke box office records in the U.S. and opened #1 in 17 international markets, as well as award winning director Genndy Tartakovsky's spin-off short of his feature film, Goodnight Mr. Foot. Michelle has been with Sony Pictures Animation since its formation in May of 2002, when she served as vice president of production. In that capacity, she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of production and crewing.
She segued into a producer role and served as producer for the company's first feature, Open Season, as well as lending her vocal talents to the film's spunky skunk, Maria. Subsequently, she produced the division's short film, Midnight Bun Run, and executive produced Open Season 2, the direct-to-video sequel to the 2006 hit.
Prior to joining Sony Pictures Animation, Michelle was a senior visual effects producer for sister company Sony Pictures Imageworks. She joined Imageworks in 1998, where she worked on the Academy Award®-nominated Stuart Little. She then went on to become the associate producer and senior visual effects producer on the sequel, Stuart Little 2 that was honored with the VES Award (Visual Effects Society) for Best Character Animation in an Animated Film.
Michelle has over ten years of visual effects production credits. In 1997 she served as a visual effects producer on Wolfgang Peterson's Air Force One. In 1996 Michelle joined VIFX (now Rhythm & Hues) as an executive producer for digital imaging. She oversaw production on the visual effects of The Relic and Switchback and pre-produced Volcano, Jingle All The Way, and the television miniseries The Shining. During her tenure at Boss Film Studios, Michelle was instrumental in building their visual effects department from 10 to 100 artists and in the process received digital effects production manager credits on Species, Multiplicity, Outbreak, True Lies, and Drop Zone. She began her career in 1988 at Videocraft Film & Tape in Boston, where she produced commercials, documentaries, industrials and corporate videos.
Originally from New City, New York, Michelle is a graduate of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island and holds a degree in Psychology.