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.
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 animationmagazine.net/summit. 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.