EXCLUSIVE: Walden Media has upped Naia Cucukov from Senior Vice President to Executive VP of Development and Production. Currently, Cucukov is overseeing a film slate that includes Paramount’s live-action Dora the Explora, Playing with Fire, also with Paramount, A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, and Bios, a sci-fi film starring Tom Hanks with Amblin and Universal Pictures.
She’ll report to Walden CEO Frank Smith.
Since joining Walden in 2013, Cucukov has supervised production for films like The Giver, Disney’s Steven Spielberg-directed The BFG, A Dog’s Purpose, and Lionsgate’s sleeper hit Wonder, which grossed over $300 million worldwide.
Cucukov, who previously held positions at CAA, Legendary, Bold Films, and Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced, serves as an executive producer on both The Baby-Sitters Club series and Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting film with Netflix and will continue to push the company into television and streaming.