Join some of the key creative forces behind this year’s widely acclaimed animated feature The Prophet. These filmmakers will shed light on how they put together this beautifully crafted 2D masterpiece and worked with producer Salma Hayek and several teams of indie animators around the world to deliver such a stunning adaptation of Gibran’s book.
Animated and live-action projects pushing the next interactive/virtual reality frontier are becoming a powerful force to reckon with in 2015 Hollywood. Several of the companies and creative teams at the forefront of this revolution will cast a light on the realities of producing entertainment for this exciting new medium. Find out the costs, setbacks and the day-to-day realities of working in this field to introduce new titles while expanding the potential of your existing brands.
Mike Bundlie, Co-founder, Abstract EntertainmentChris Edwards, CEO, The Third FloorBenjamin Hoyt, EP, Inhance DigitalColin McGreal, Creative Director, Reel FXFolker Schamel, Founder & Managing Director, Spinor GmbHModerator: Barry Sandrew, Ph.D, Founder, Augmented Vision Works
12:30p — 1:35p
Lunch Round Tables
1:45p — 2:30p
Latin American Explosion
Over the past few years, global animation experts have turned their eyes on the growing popularity of home-grown animation from Latin-speaking markets. Some of the talented toon creatives and execs will share their experiences in creating entertaining content for both small-screen and theatrical features, offering tips for indie producers, directors and animators who are seeking partners in this fast-growing market.
More than ever before, global animation companies are expanding the range of their output, creating both original content as well as co-producing projects for the international market. Panelists will discuss a variety of industry-related issues, as well as painting a full picture of how the animation industry works in their region, including tax relief and partnership possibilities. Details of how they are expanding their services far beyond the old models and into the multi-screen universe will also be included.
Sarita Christensen, Owner & CEO, Copenhagen Bombay HoldingOlivier Lelardoux, Producer, Director & Head of Studio, Cyber Group Studios Katerina Pshenitsyna, VP International Sales, Wizart StudioWendy Spinks, Head of Development & Creative and EP, Zeropoint StudiosModerator: Max Howard, Consultant
3:30p — 4:00p
4:15p — 5:05p
Animated Movie Spotlight: The Peanuts Movie
It’s a fantastic, 3-D, CG-animated feature movie, Charlie Brown. On November 6, audiences around the world will finally get to enjoy The Peanuts Movie, directed by Steve Martino, produced by Paul Feig, Bryan and Craig Schulz, Michael Travers and Cornelius Uliano, based on Charles M. Schulz’s hugely popular comic-book characters. This very special panel will focus on some of the creative joys and challenges of working on this much-anticipated movie and highlight how the animation team managed to create such a unique look for a project that honors the legacy of the Peanuts characters, while embracing new CG technologies.
Nick Bruno, Supervising AnimatorScott Carroll, Supervising AnimatorModerator: Tom McLean, Editor, Animation Magazine
5:15p — 7:30p
Sunset Cocktail Party
A chance to get to know some of the animation and vfx industry’s top players in a relaxed, festive environment.
7:30p — 9:30p
Opening Night Awards Gala
Day 2Tuesday, November 3
9:00a — 10:20a
Breakfast Round Tables
10:30a — 11:20a
The Business of Show Business
Learn from this panel of industry luminaries how they have built, sustained and reinvented themselves in a fast-changing industry. The knowledge and expertise represented in this group should open your eyes to the possibilities available to animation producers globally.
Michael Hirsh, Chairman, The Entertainment and Media Finance Group (TEAM) and Vice Chairman of DHX MediaPierre Sissmann, Chairman & CEO, Cyber Group StudiosDavid Tenzer, Consultant, Tenzer LawModerator: Julie Kane-Ritsch, Head of Animation & Family Entertainment, The Gotham Group
11:30a — 12:20p
Understanding the New Hybrid Studio Model
One of the sobering realities of working in the current business climate is that it’s no longer enough to specialize in one kind of work in the animation business. More studios are expanding their areas of expertise and growing divisions that specialize in virtual reality, application explorations, licensing, and gaming. We will talk to some of the top innovators from the around the world to learn how they were able to maximize their creative potential while keeping an eye on the financial bottom line.
Arish Fyzee, Founding Managing Partner & Creative Director, Prana Holdings, Inc.Joel Kuwahara, Co-founder, Principal & EP, Bento BoxChuck Peil, Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Reel FXJeremy Zag, CEO & Co-founder, ZAGModerator: Frank Saperstein, EP, Tricon Kids, Family & Animation
12:30p — 1:35p
Lunch Round Tables
1:45 — 2:35
Meet This Year’s Animation Oscar Contenders
This free-wheeling conversation with some of 2015’s top producers and directors of animated features will cover all the hot topics in the field. These Oscar contenders will discuss the popular trends, the growth of franchises and sequels, technological advances, storytelling skills, and the importance of traditionally drawn features.
Richard Starzak, co-writer & director, Shaun the SheepTim Johnson, Director & EP, HomeSteve Martino, Director, PeanutsRosa Tran, Producer, AnomalisaModerator: Tom McLean, Editor, Animation Magazine
2:45p — 3:35p
Understanding the Evolving Ecosystem of Global Feature Co-Pros
The appetite for quality animated movies continues to grow worldwide. But what are some of the secrets of getting these projects off the ground, produced and distributed in the largest number of theaters around the world? Some of the biggest experts in the field will reveal secrets of their success and cast a light on how you can find the best way to finance your animated films and secure buyers and theatrical and/or multi-screen distribution for them.
Jose San Román, CEO, Ilion Animation StudiosChuck Williams, President, Marza Animation Planet USAPetteri Pasanen, CEO, Anima VitaeFeng Yi, Founder & President, Flame Node Entertainment Moderator: Catherine Branscome-Morrissey, President, Branscome International
3:35p — 4:00p
4:10p — 5:00p
Building Your Company and Your Brands
How does an animated property evolve from a simple line drawing to a million-dollar brand? What does it take to turn a great idea and well-drawn characters into a global animated hit and marketing/licensing juggernaut? Our group of experienced veterans of the animation business will share their stories of successes and failures on the road to worldwide recognition, offering their personal tips and tricks on building a lasting, iconic brand.
Michael Carrington, CEO, Zodiak KidsAK Madhavan, Founder & CEO, Assemblage EntertainmentFrederick Faubert, President & CEO, HibernumRich Magallanes, SVP Development & Production, Saban Brands LLCModerator: Rick Clodfelter, Consultant
5:10p — 6:00p
Case Study: Delivering the Stunning High-Wire VFX of The Walk
Director Robert Zemeckis’ awe-inspiring depiction of Philip Petit’s high-wire act atop New York’s Trade Center in The Walk is one of this year’s most talked about vfx achievements. This informative session will feature some of the talented artists and technology experts who worked on creating the film’s visual magic as they discuss some of the challenges and rewards of working on this landmark project.
Many consider this the new Golden Age of TV, but how are animated projects faring in this era of binge-watching and launching new partnerships? Some of the top executives will discuss the potentials and challenges of creating quality animation for multi-platform consumers. They will answer questions, such as, how is the global economy affecting producing animation with international partners? Is there too much content being created for preschool? What does this mean for smaller indie producers of animation? Is there still an appetite for 2D animation? We will discuss these and many other topics during this information session.
Peter Gal, Head of TV Development, DreamWorks AnimationEric Homan, VP of Development, Frederator Curtis Lelash, VP of Comedy Animation, Cartoon Network Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming, Amazon Studios Mike Young, Co-CEO, Splash Entertainment Moderator: Cort Lane, VP Animation Development & Partnership, Marvel Television
7:00p — 8:30p
Sponsored by: Atomic and Wizart
Day 3Wednesday, November 4
9:00a — 9:55a
10:00 — 12:00
Discovering a New Asset Class to the Financial Community, with Rene Bourdages of Elevado Media, Inc,
We will discuss how animation movies fair, including those that have a majority of production under CGI, the revenue lines that come with it, how to approach a value model of such a production, risks to take into account, and how to approach the risks themselves, which are very different to live action, and what is the expectation for the next 10 years, etc.
12:00p — 1:30p
1:30p — 3:30p
Disney – Pixar Storytelling Process On A Shoe-String Budget,with Chuck Williams of Marza Animation Planet
Chuck Williams, a Disney Feature Animation veteran of 20+ years and current President of Marza Animation Planet USA, draws from his experience in producing, editing and writing for big budget features to tackle the challenges in producing quality storytelling at much lower budgets. Chuck covers specifics of the creative process — from concept to script to cut story reels, the advantages of animation over live action storytelling, and strategies for budgeting, scheduling and managing this process.Chuck’s candidness and visual style of presenting is both engaging and memorable. If you are in the business of telling film stories, be sure not to miss this one.
3:30 — 3:45
3:45p — 5:45p
World Domination Through Animation, with Michael Hirsh of The Entertainment and Media Finance Group
Hirsh is a man who has built three internationally recognized successful animation companies: Nelvana Limited, Cookie Jar Entertainment and DHX Media, He will share with you his thoughts and global insights on the animation industry’s trajectory from a business point of view and touch on brand curation and all the dominant layers within the animation business.Hirsh will answer questions related to building a great animation business and also highlight and breakdown all facets of the current period of disintermediation and disruption in the industry. This is a business Master Class that you will not want to miss.