Office with a view: David Burke chose Travis Knight’s Laika because the stop-motion animation house ‘goes places nobody thought possible’
Irish-born David Burke, Laika Studios’ Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Business Operations, joined the Oregon-based animation house in 2020 from a long-serving role as General Manager of Universal Pictures for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Now he’s overseeing the growth of Laika, best known for his stop-motion feature films Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Missing Link — as well as the upcoming one Fantasy-adventure Wildwood, which features a cast of major stars including Carey Mulligan, Mahershala Ali and Awkwafina, and is directed by company president Travis Knight.
The executive declined to reveal the budget for Wildwood, but called it the studio’s most ambitious project to date. (Laika’s most expensive film to date is 2019’s Missing Link, which has a reported budget of $102.3 million.)