Meet the Judges
Ted Biaselli The Hub Network Vice President, Programming Ted Biaselli is responsible for guiding projects in all stages of development to air and through current production for the ever-growing Hub Network, home to hit shows like My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He has used his passion and industry experience to drive some of the network’s most successful programs, such as R.L. Stine’s the Haunting Hour, The Aquabats! Super Show!, Transformers: Prime and Littlest Pet Shop. Prior to joining Hub Network, Biaselli worked in animation development at Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney and Disney XD. Top Picks: Aero, Fuse, Jolly Space Raider Audrey Diehl Nickelodeon Vice President of Animation Development As VP of Animation Development for Nickelodeon Group, Diehl provides creative guidance on development for the network’s new animated shows, sources talent for key creative positions and supervises both pre- and postproduction for animated pilots. She previously served as executive director of development, overseeing groundbreaking series like Sanjay and Craig and the production of a variety of upcoming shows. Diehl joined Nickelodeon in 2003 in current series, providing notes on the creative guidance of My Life as a Teenage Robot, Catscratch, El Tigre and Fanboy & Chum Chum. Top Picks: Deer Little Forest, Fuse, Jolly Space Raider Kate Lambert FX Vice President of Original Programming, Comedy & Drama Development Kate Lambert is best known for her great gift to matureaudiences animation in developing and overseeing the spy comedy Archer for FX, recently renewed for its sixth and seventh seasons. She has also been involved in developing pilots for the hit series Sons of Anarchy, Justified,The Americans, American Horror Story, Wilfred, The League and Louie, to name a few. Most recently she is working on Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain and the upcoming comedy series Married, starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer. Top Picks: Aero, Fuse, Jolly Space Raider Walter J. Newman Adult Swim Director of Comedy Development Walter Newman is responsible for developing and producing comedy live-action and animated series for Adult Swim from his HQ in Burbank, Calif. He supervises original comedies for the network including Loiter Squad,The Eric Andre Show, Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, Black Dynamite,China, IL and original pilots. He also served as exec producer on the sketch series Incredible Crew, produced in association with Nick Cannon’s NCredible Ent. Newman previously worked as a development executive at Comedy Central and in program development for VH1. Top Picks: Aero, InterWebz, Jolly Space Raider Linda Simensky PBS Vice President of Children’s Programming Since joining PBS’s acclaimed programming division in 2003, Linda Simensky has used her talent and experience to collaborate with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS series. Her efforts with shows like Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Wild Kratts, WordGirl, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Peg + Cat have helped transform the channel into the most trusted educational media brand for children. Simensky previously held the post of senior VP of original animation for Cartoon Network and enjoyed a nine-year stint building the animation department at Nickelodeon. Top Picks: Deer Little Forest, Fuse, InterWebz
age and lists Hayao Miyazaki, Shinichiro Watanabe and Walt Disney among his heroes. “I’ve watched anime my entire life and always wanted to watch an animated film that everyone can relate to,” Jamison says. “Tragedy and triumph are things anyone can understand, and that is exactly what Aero represents.” In five years, Jamison says he sees himself celebrating the success of Aero and moving forward on new films. “Animation is universal and can cross cultures and language barriers,” he says. “I respect traditional animators greatly because it takes a lifetime of dedication to master the art.”
your new business will probably not resemble your ultimate lifestyle picture right out of the gate, but it’s crucial to keep this vision in your thoughts to maintain a crystal-clear goal.
At the risk of sounding metaphysical, you need to spend a great deal of time visualizing your new, perfect life. Write down every detail you can imagine. Find pictures that fit every aspect of your vision. Immerse yourself in this vision. Close your eyes, visualize and meditate off of while you’re developing your business.
If you have neither, a cold startup can be more challenging but is still doable. I strongly recommend refraining from borrowing money from banks or even relatives except as a last resort. Owning without owing is the goal. Even with little startup capital, you may be surprised at how far it can be stretched by using guerilla business and marketing tactics and solid SEO practices (more on this in future articles).
by Mike de Seve