TRAVIS KNIGHT has led or been involved in all key creative and business decisions at LAIKA since the studio’s founding in 2005. Before becoming President & CEO in 2009, he served as Head of Animation, supervising the studio’s stop-motion and CG animation staffs and overseeing studio-wide animation production and development. He also sits on the company’s Board of Directors.
Currently, Travis is producing and directing LAIKA’s in-production feature film Kubo and the Two Strings.
He was producer and lead animator on LAIKA’s The Boxtrolls (2014) and ParaNorman (2012) and was lead animator on the studio’s first film, Coraline (2009). All three of LAIKA’s features have been nominated for the Oscar®, the BAFTA, and PGA Awards. Coraline and The Boxtrolls were also nominated for Golden Globe Awards and ParaNorman was cited as Best Animated Feature by fourteen critics groups, more than any other 2012 animated feature. Travis was honored with the Annie Award (the animation industry’s highest honor) for his character animation work on ParaNorman and an Academy Award® nomination for The Boxtrolls. He was named a "Rising Star of Animation" by Animation Magazine in 2007.
Travis was Supervising Animator on LAIKA’s highly-praised short film Moongirl and began his career in animation in the late 1990s working on the Emmy Award®-winning stop-motion animated television series The PJs as well as numerous national commercial campaigns during his tenure at Oregon’s renowned Vinton Studios.
Under his leadership, LAIKA has garnered worldwide distinction for its melding of the age-old craft of stop-motion animation with the most cutting-edge cinematic advances and manufacturing techniques. Fast Company named LAIKA one of the world’s “Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Entertainment.”
Travis (Class of ’98) was the inaugural recipient of the Simon Benson Award for Alumni Achievement from Portland State University, presented in 2012. Travis sits on the Board of Directors for LAIKA and Nike.
Despite his corporate duties and filmmaker responsibilities, Travis still likes playing with dolls.