Film Roman founder
Phil Roman, DreamWorks producer Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon 2), director David Silverman (The Simpsons, The Longest Daycare),
veteran voice actor Jim Cummings (Winnie
the Pooh), Gotham Group founder Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, and RGH (Rubicon
Group Holding) Studio will be honored at The World Animation & VFX Summit on November
2nd, at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. This year’s six
honorees selected for their contributions to the art, technology and business
of animation and visual effects.
thrilled to have such a distinguished group of thought leaders and visionaries
at our Summit this year and glad to have them share their priceless insights
about the global art and business of animation and visual effects with our
attendees,” said Jean Thoren, founder of the World Animation & VFX Summit.
The 2014 World Animation and VFX Summit’s
keynote speakers include acclaimed Producer and Director Rob Minkoff (The
Lion King, Stuart Little, Mr. Peabody and Sherman), David Steinberg,
Senior Vice President of Production at Nickelodeon, and Paul Babb,
CEO of Maxon.
Feature Film Case Studies panels include
presentations by members of Disney’s Big Hero 6 animation
and VFX team. The Summit will welcome award-winning director Christopher
Miller (The LEGO Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Producer Dan Lin, animation
Co-Director/Editor Chris McKay and Cinematographer Pablo
Plaisted who will be discussing the making of the beloved franchise
hit, Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Movie.
On Monday (Nov. 3) some of the top-tier
feature film and legal panelists will be director Tony Bancroft (Mulan,
Bunyan & Babe), David Silverman (The Simpsons, The
Longest Daycare) and veteran legal professionals Jody Simon, Nancy
Newhouse Porter and Gotham Agency’s Talent Manager Julie
Kane-Ritsch. Director Dean DeBlois (DreamWorks’ How
to Train Your Dragon 2), Paul Young, Co-Founder of Ireland’s
Cartoon Saloon (Producer of Song of the Sea) and LAIKA’s Graham
Annable and Anthony Stacchi (directors of The
Boxtrolls) are among the luminaries of this year’s Oscar Contenders panel.
Attendees can also take away tips on how to make an international film get
wider exposure in the U.S. Panelists include; Melissa Boag, Vice
President of Kids and Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory; and Simon
Crow, Founder and President of SC Films.
Tuesday (Nov. 4) lineup includes a focus on television and
Canadian talent and theme park entertainment. The Innovators of the Great White
North panel are Mary Bredin (Guru Studios), Rob Davies (Atomic
Cartoons) and Shabnam Rezaei (Big Bad Boo). We then move to Mattel
Playground Productions Julia Pistor, Rough Draft’s Claudia
Katz and Family Guy producer Kara
Vallow who will discuss their everyday challenges, victories and
strategies for success. The Summit’s 21st Century Tools of the Trade panelists
include: CelAction President Andy Blazdell, Proof Inc.’s Founder
and Chief Creative Officer Ron Frankel, Pixeldust’s Founder and
President Ricardo Andrade, Ghost Town Media’s Creative
Director Brandon Parvini and Flickerlab Founder and Creative
Director Harold Moss.
Acclaimed former Disney
animator Glen Keane (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The
Little Mermaid, Tangled), Production Designer Max Keane and
Technical Project Lead Rachid E Guerrab discuss the making of
Google’s beautiful new 2D animated short Duet. Tuesday’s lineup also features a timely look at some of
this year’s exciting new theme park technologies. Panelists are Richard
Taylor (Media Director of Themed Entertainment at RGH), Daren
Ulmer (President and Chief Creative at Mousetrappe) and Frank Drucker (Head of Broadcast Production
at All Things Media).
Tickets to this Gala and Awards Ceremony and the
Summit are now available for purchase.