In 2001, years before its time, Nancy co-created and produced The Kelly’s—one of the first critically-acclaimed digital animated series in conjunction with Turner Broadcasting and NASCAR. With 40 three-minute webisodes, The Kelly’s opened the door to production and writing.
In addition to her voiceover work, Nancy is currently updating and revising her LA Times bestselling book, “My Life as a Ten-Year-Old Boy.” The audiobook version was nominated for the prestigious Audie Award in 2004. The release of the audiobook led to her one-woman show that premiered at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004 to SRO crowds for the entire run of the production. The updated edition of her book will be available in the spring 2018.
Most recently, Nancy completed a life-long dream of a film based on an adventure she took in 1985 when she went to Italy to find the great Italian director, Federico Fellini. As producer and co-writer, In Search of Fellini went on to achieve official selection with 9 film festivals including SIFF, Bentonville, Ferrara and Ischia. The New York Times raved that In Search of Fellini is “a charming drama about the love of movies and youthful passion.” It is currently screening in theaters throughout the country as well as world-wide.
With the compassion to “give back”, Nancy has been the Honorary Mayor of her community for the past 12 years and enjoys being active as a volunteer in the community. She is the recipient of the coveted Fernando Award presented to those whose support is above and beyond. She has supported many non-profit organizations that focus on helping children, such as Famous Fone Friends, The Way to Happiness Foundation and The Citizens Commission on Human Rights. She also received the prestigious Icon Award from The Make-A-Wish Foundation with the help and happiness she has given to numerous children.
Nancy’s zest for life is founded in the belief that we all have the ability to achieve our dreams. “It is through art, music, dance, sculpture, film and stories that makes people happy. It is the artist who inspires people—gives them hope—that they too can become a dream-maker to make this world a better place.”
In addition to his leadership role, Taylor has been integral in creating and fostering a collegial company culture at DreamWorks Animation Television. He makes a point to know every employee at the 750+ person studio (including interns) and has transformed his office into a legendary candy shop, open to all employees at any time of day. Taylor also instigates (and wins) multi-floor Nerf wars on Friday afternoons and has created the food-festival worthy production of his annual Movie Under the Stars summer celebration, in which DreamWorks employees come together for a night of food and drink on the DreamWorks campus. He also spearheads the annual Thanksgiving Food Bank drive, creating a friendly internal competition in giving back and delivered a record-breaking amount of food in 2016.
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Taylor helped to build and lead Nickelodeon Animation Studio as senior vice president and general manager from 1997 to 2012, responsible for all of the network’s in-house animation productions, overseeing some of Nickelodeon’s greatest hits including SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Dora the Explorer, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. At Nickelodeon, Taylor also created an in-house CG unit and established the Hub Team model, a group of CG all-stars who lead the initial character and big set builds setting the industry standard for other animation studios.
Taylor holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge.
In his first project, Lynch created and executive produced a music video marathon for Night Tracks, introducing audiences to a diverse playlist of music on TBS SuperStation on Friday and Saturday nights. The series ran 12 years.
Next, Lynch combined the best of his music experience with his unique ability to tap into kids’ interests. KIDS Incorporated, the first variety show for kids, was born—and so were the successful new careers of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Stacy Ferguson (Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas). The series ran 15 years.
Soon, Lynch was taking kids’ programming and bringing it into the mainstream, helping to make it the dynamic, highly competitive field it is today. The New York Times called him the creator of the “tween” genre.
His next landmark show was The Secret World of Alex Mack. The series was the first to feature a strong female role model as its lead character, and it was one of Nickelodeon’s first breakout hits.
Lynch has also worked internationally, as Creator and Executive Producer on the Emmy-nominated NBC series, Scout’s Safari, which was set and filmed on location in South Africa. In addition, he journeyed to China, where he served as Executive Producer on China’s first Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Honors.
Continuing to push boundaries and expand the minds of his audience, Tom Lynch created and executive produced the four time GLADD-nominated series for The N, South of Nowhere. Over four seasons, the groundbreaking and innovative show explored issues of race, religion and sexuality as it followed the members of an Ohio family who move to Los Angeles.
Not to be confined to one form for too long, Lynch also ventured into the world of television animation by teaming up with Andre Benjamin, creating and executive producing the Emmy-winning Class of 3000 for Cartoon Network.
Lynch broke into the documentary film world with Piece of Mind, a film that took three years to make and focused on the lives and art of Los Angeles graffiti artists. The film had its first screening at the Durango Film Festival, and continued the festival circuit with the Newport Beach Film Festival and the LA United Film Festival.
Lynch then launched The Assistants on The N. The show follows the lives of four assistants as they try to make it in Hollywood.
Next, Nickelodeon premiered Lynch’s action-comedy series The Troop, about a group of talented high school kids who are forced to battle monsters in order to protect their school and classmates.
The following Tom Lynch Company project for Nickelodeon was Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures. The buddy comedy about two surfing best friends at a Southern California high school has created buzz with industry insiders.
In a divergence from the youth culture space, Lynch has written one-hour drama pilots for NBC, FX, CBS, ABC, and MTV, among other networks. He recently developed and executive produced a two hour movie for Spike TV and MGM entitled Black Souls, set in the underground Irish mob world of South Boston, where the top dog mob boss has just gone missing, and everyone is fighting to gain control of the world of sex, guns, and murder. The picture was directed by Walter Hill.
In 2014, Lynch released web series S.H.R.I.E.K. with Hasbro Studios and the Hub Network.
Lynch released half-hour sitcom Make it Pop on Nickelodeon in 2015. Make it Pop is a comedic, music-infused daily scripted show following three unique girls rooming together at boarding school. When bookish Corki, fashion forward Jodi and social media maven Sun Hi meet DJ hopeful Caleb, these four friends create a one of a kind sound inspired by K-Pop and EDM. The series returned for a second season in January 2016. Lynch’s newest show, The Other Kingdom, also premiered on Nickelodeon in April of 2016.
Tom Lynch is a prolific, award winning, and in-demand Writer/Producer who continues to produce with a style that is both relevant and innovative. He is CEO of the Tom Lynch Company, where his development and productions emanate from.
He is also writing and producing half-hour comedies for Nickelodeon, animated series for Teletoon and Discovery, and one-hour drama projects for Spike and Freeform. Lynch is also in talks with a myriad of other networks, both here in the United States and overseas.
No matter what the medium, the Tom Lynch Company is one of the few independent production companies still inspired and driven by the signature voice of its creator. Lynch’s shows have been nominated and won Emmy awards, GLAAD Awards, Humanitas Prize, Kid’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, WGA Awards, DGA Awards, Image Awards, Gemini Awards, Leo Awards and Young Artists Awards. With 30 series, 10 TV movies, 2 features, a digital series, and more to come, Lynch continues to lead the industry in new directions and take audiences to places they’ve never been before, illuminating the magic of the human experience.
Up next for 20th Century Fox Animation, is Ferdinand coming December 15, 2017.
The studio recently released Ice Age: Collision Course. With this fifth installment, the popular Ice Age series has amassed more than $3.2 billion worldwide to date, making it the highest-grossing animated franchise, internationally.
In 2015, Morrison oversaw The Peanuts Movie, in which the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz’s timeless Peanuts comic strip made their big-screen debut – like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D and CG animation.
Along with Reel FX Animation Studios, she oversaw for the critically acclaimed Book of Life, produced by Guillermo del Toro, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, and released in October 2014. Earlier in 2014 came Rio 2, the follow-up to Fox Animation Studios’ 2011 hit Rio. Together, the films, directed by Carlos Saldanha, have grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide.
The 3D animated comedy-adventure Epic, directed by Chris Wedge, was released in 2013.
Prior to that, Morrison oversaw the Ice Age franchise films, which include the second and third largest worldwide grossing animated films; and the critically acclaimed Fantastic Mr. Fox.
She also contributed to the success of the $295 million worldwide grossing, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s book.
During her tenure at Twentieth Century Fox (live action), Morrison spearheaded the production of Garfield: The Movie, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, Cheaper by the Dozen, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Dr. Dolittle 2 and Fat Albert.
Morrison is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA’s MFA Program in Film and Television.
Cohn previously spent 26 years at Nickelodeon, where in various development and production roles she helped make the network number one in cable television for 18 consecutive years. She started as a coordinator in physical production and left as President of Content Development. During her years at Nick, she touched every type of production including live action scripted comedy; animation; games and reality; TV movies; documentary; soap opera and event programming. Some of the series under her guidance that went on to become beloved hits include Double Dare, Clarissa Explains It All, All That, The Fairly Odd Parents, SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar: The Last Airbender, iCarly, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee and the Kids’ Choice Awards among many others.
Born in New York, Cohn graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a B.A. in Fine Art and English and in 2017 was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award honoring an alumna or alumnus, who over the course over a decade or more has exemplified outstanding, significant professional achievement. She serves on the advisory board of Women in Animation and is a member of Women in Film. Cohn splits her time between Los Angeles and New York, where she lives with her husband, producer Peter Tarshis and their sons Jack and Will.
Herb has had a successful and diversified career within the media industry. During his previous position as President of BBC Worldwide, North America, Herb’s responsibilities included the flagship cable channel BBC America and distribution of BBC World News, BBC Worldwide Productions LA, BBC.com, Sales and Distribution, and Home Entertainment and Licensed Consumer Products. A member of the BBC Worldwide Executive Board, Herb initiated and consummated for BBC Worldwide a deal with AMC Networks to buy half of BBC America, positioning it for growth with increased leverage with cable operators and advertisers, and additive co-production commitments across the AMC stable of networks.
Prior to joining BBC Worldwide in 2010, Herb was CEO of Next New Networks, an innovator in online video and the antecedent to MCN’s ( Multi-Channel Networks) like Maker and Fullscreen that have reshaped the digital video landscape. At Next New Networks, he identified next generation media makers and made-for-the-internet original shows to advance a strategy of creating and managing a portfolio of super niche channels.
The majority of Herb’s career was at Viacom/MTV Networks, culminating in the position of Vice Chairman MTV Networks/President Nickelodeon Networks. He oversaw all creative and business operations for a portfolio of brands and businesses for MTV Networks including: Nickelodeon, the #1 rated network in cable TV for 10 years running; TV Land, the cable home of classic TV; and Spike TV, the first network for men. Additionally, Herb was responsible for Nickelodeon’s successful feature film division, making it the leader in kids online, and growing the Consumer Products division of Nickelodeon and Viacom, which grew into the third largest licensing business in the world.
Herb is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts. Married to Sarah Reetz, they are parents to two girls and reside in New York City.
Jean co-created The Critic and Teen Angel and served as producer of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, for which he won three CableACE Awards. Other television credits include The PJ’s, Alf, Sledgehammer! and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Episodes of The Simpsons Jean has written or co-written include “Moaning Lisa,” “The Way We Was,” “Treehouse of Horror II & III,” “Stark Raving Dad,” “Lisa’s Sax” “Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala (annoyed grunt) cious,” “Mom And Pop Art” “Day of the Jackanapes,” “Mr. Lisa’s Opus”, “I Won’t Be Home For Christmas” and the Emmy-winning “HOMR.”
Al also co-wrote Funny or Die’s SNL Presidential Reunion Video which is credited with helping establish the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. He won a Webby Award for the Internet short Trumptastic Voyage. As a graduate of Harvard University, Jean served as vice president of the college’s humor magazine, “The Harvard Lampoon.”
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