Nintendo appointing Despicable Me studio head to board of directors

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Animation studio behind upcoming Mario movie gains influence as Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri is expected to join the board next month

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Nintendo is turning to an experienced film executive as it plans its expansion into the movies, as the company today said Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri will be joining its board of directors pending approval at its shareholder annual meeting June 29.

Illumination is best known for its Despicable Me series of animated films and its Minions spin-offs.

In 2018, Nintendo announced that it was partnering with Illumination on a new Super Mario animated film to

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