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Animation Magazine - - Pitch ‘ 14 -

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

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