Pres, Digital Prod, Animation and VFX Warner Bros. Pictures

CHRIS deFARIA is President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects for Warner Bros. Pictures. His recent projects include Zack Snyder’s blockbuster “Man of Steel”; Guillermo del Toro’s, “Pacific Rim”, Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”; and the record- breaking conclusion to the Harry Potter film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.”
He also served as an executive producer on Alfonso Cuaron’s, Gravity”, Snyder’s animated adventure “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” and action fantasy “Sucker Punch,” as well as George Miller’s “Happy Feet Two.”

Spearheading the studio’s expanding efforts in innovative animation and hybrid filmmaking, deFaria was instrumental in the production of “300,” “Corpse Bride” and “Happy Feet.” At Warner Bros., he has also been involved in such film productions as the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Watchmen,” “Clash of the Titans,” and “The Matrix” trilogy. Prior to that, deFaria produced the hit “Cats & Dogs” and the combination animation/live action comedy “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.”

He is the recipient of three regional Emmy Awards and two NATPE Iris awards. His extensive television credits include numerous documentaries, primetime specials and longform projects, including, as producer, “In Concert Against AIDS,” NBC’s “And Then She Was Gone” and Universal’s “Tremors II.” A graduate of UCLA, deFaria is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Speaker years: 
2009,2011,2013