An­i­ma­tors As­sem­ble!

The World An­i­ma­tion and VFX Sum­mit to honor Arnold, Ro­man at gath­er­ing of the in­dus­try’s best and bright­est Nov. 2-5 in Ma­rina del Rey.

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If you want to rub shoul­ders with the great­est and most in­flu­en­tial an­i­ma­tion and visual ef­fects folks from all over the globe, then start mak­ing plans now for the third an­nual World An­i­ma­tion and VFX Sum­mit set for Nov. 2-5 in Ma­rina del Rey, Calif.

Last year’s event was packed with in­spir­ing key­note speak­ers, pan­elist and at­ten­dees from all over the world, and de­mand is ex­pected to be even greater at this year’s event, which will be held again at the scenic Cal­i­for­nia Yacht Club.

An ex­cit­ing open­ing-night party kicks off two full days of pro­gram­ming fea­tur­ing A-list speak­ers and ex­perts from ev­ery as­pect of the business, wrap­ping up with a tour of Los An­ge­les-area ef­fects and an­i­ma­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

An­i­ma­tors and VFX artists will ex­plain their cut­ting edge tech­niques, tech de­vel­op­ers will show off their new­est tool sets for get­ting the job done, and pro­duc­ers and ex­ec­u­tives will talk about all the best ways to use an­i­ma­tion and visual ef­fects con­tent into the mar­ket­place and max­i­mize its suc­cess.

As in pre­vi­ous years, the sum­mit will honor the great­est con­trib­u­tors of to­day and yes­ter­day to the world of an­i­ma­tion and VFX.

The sum­mit hon­ors Bon­nie Arnold, pro­ducer of the DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion hit How to Train Your Dragon 2, with its pro­ducer of the year award.

Arnold has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence pro­duc­ing top-end CG-an­i­mated fea­tures, with her cred­its in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal Toy Story for Pixar, for which she won an An­nie Award; Tarzan for Dis­ney; and, for DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion, the fea­tures Over the Hedge and How to Train Your Dragon and all of its sup­ple­men­tary an­i­mated re­leases.

Arnold also pro­duced the live-ac­tion fea­ture The Last Sta­tion and is work­ing on con­tin­u­ing the How to Train Your Dragon fran­chise with the third film in the se­ries due in 2017.

This year, six-time Emmy win­ning an­i­ma­tor, di­rec­tor, pro­ducer and ex­ec­u­tive Phil Ro­man will be a guest of the sum­mit to re­ceive the An­i­ma­tion Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achieve­ment Award.

Ro­man is best known as the founder of Film Ro­man, the award-win­ning company that started in 1984 pro­duc­ing award-win­ning Garfield spe­cials be­fore go­ing on to be­come the orig­i­nal an­i­ma­tion fa­cil­ity for Fox’s The Simp­sons and King of the Hill.

His con­tri­bu­tions go deeper than that — Ro­man started in an­i­ma­tion in 1955 as an as­sis­tant an­i­ma­tor on the Walt Dis­ney clas­sic fea­ture film Sleep­ing Beauty. He later con­trib­uted to count­less TV com­mer­cials and did work for the likes of Warner Bros., MGM and UPA.

In the 1970s, he be­gan work­ing with Bill Me­len­dez on the Peanuts spe­cials, work­ing as co-di­rec­tor on two Peanuts fea­tures, and then as an an­i­ma­tor on Ralph Bak­shi’s ver­sion of The Lord of the Rings. For Film Ro­man, he also pro­duced a the­atri­cal Tom and Jerry movie.

After the suc­cess of The Simp­sons, Film Ro­man went pub­lic in 1996 and Ro­man sold his in­ter­est in the company in 1999 to found Phil Ro­man En­ter­tain­ment. He con­tin­ues to help cre­ate new an­i­ma­tion to­day, ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing the up­com­ing fea­ture film El Amer­i­cano: The Movie, due out in early 2015.

And that’s not all. Among the tal­ented an­i­ma­tors, pro­duc­ers and ex­ec­u­tives at­tend­ing are: David Voss, se­nior VP, Play­ground Pro­duc­tions at Mat­tel Trevor Lai, CEO and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Up Stu­dios Paul Babb, pres­i­dent and CEO of Maxon David Stein­berg, SVP of pro­duc­tion for Nick­elodeon An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios Ju­lia Pis­ter, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Play­ground Pro­duc­tions at Mat­tel Kara Val­low, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on Fam­ily Guy Michael Hef­feron, pres­i­dent of Rainmaker En­ter­tain­ment David Michel, CEO of Cot­ton­wood Stu­dios Harold Moss, cre­ative di­rec­tor and founder of Flick­erLab Ricardo An­drade, pres­i­dent and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Pix­el­dust Stu­dios Daniel Gre­goire, CEO of Halon Tony Ban­croft, in­de­pen­dent an­i­ma­tor and di­rec­tor Chuck Pow­ers, chief cre­ative of­fi­cer of Kar­tun Stu­dios and di­rec­tor of Rib­bit Richard Tay­lor, me­dia di­rec­tor of RGH Stu­dios Dar­ren Ulmer, pres­i­dent and chief cre­ative of­fi­cer of Mouse­trappe Paul Young, co-founder and CEO of Car­toon Sa­loon Nancy Newhouse Porter, at­tor­ney, part­ner and co-founder of Newhouse Porter Hub­bard Jody Si­mon, at­tor­ney and part­ner in Fox Roth­schild Shab­nam Rezaei, pres­i­dent of Big Bad Boo Vince Com­misso, co-founder, pres­i­dent and CEO of 9 Story En­ter­tain­ment Si­mon Crowe, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and co-founder of SC Films In­ter­na­tional Rob Ed­wards, screen­writer on Dis­ney’s Trea­sure Planet and The Princess and the Frog Andy Blazdell, CEO of CelAc­tion The sum­mit is the best venue for meet­ing and con­nect­ing with stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives; in­ter­na­tional man­ag­ing direc­tors, pro­duc­ers, direc­tors; dis­trib­u­tors; visual ef­fects su­per­vi­sors and artists; an­i­ma­tors; fi­nanciers; agents; writ­ers and tal­ent. Th­ese are the peo­ple who de­fine and fa­cil­i­tate the movies, TV shows and new me­dia that will grace An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine’s cov­ers and pages in the years to come — you can’t af­ford to miss out.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on at­tend­ing the sum­mit, in­clud­ing ticket info, can be found on­line at an­i­ma­tion­­mit. A limited num­ber of tick­ets are avail­able at a 10 per­cent dis­count to mem­bers of WIA, VES, ASIFA, An­i­ma­tion Guild, OBS and the WGA. Due to the limited ca­pac­ity of the venue, this four-day event usu­ally sells out quickly, so buy­ing tick­ets in ad­vance is highly rec­om­mended.

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